Lecturer Youna Jang Hartgraves has sung leading operatic soprano roles throughout the United States, including the title role of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, which she sang when she was 23 years old at Opera Delaware. She was then invited to sing Mimì in Puccini’s La Bohème as well as many recitals and concerts. At Temple University, where she received her bachelor’s and master’s in Voice and Opera Performance, she performed Natalia Petrovna in Hoiby’s A Month in the Country, Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro, Mimì in La Bohème, Climene in L'Egisto, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, and Antonia in Les Contes d'Hoffmann. At The University of North Texas, she sang the role of Susan B. Anthony in Thomson's The Mother of Us All and Liù in Turandot. In two seasons at Opera Saratoga, she sang the role of Louise in La Vie Parisiènne and covered the title role of Madama Butterfly. She participated in the apprentice and studio programs at Sarasota Opera and sang the title role of Madama Butterfly at the Sarasota Chalk festival. As a resident artist at The Academy of Vocal Arts, she sung the roles of Amelia in Un ballo in maschera and Tatyana in Eugene Onegin. She has participated and won awards from the Fritz & Lavinia Jensen Foundation, The Annapolis Opera Competition, Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition, Gerda Lissner International Competition, New Jersey State Alfredo Silipigni Vocal Competition, Compositione dell’opera in Germany and Hariclea Darclée Competition in Romania.