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Is Opera Singer Cindy Chang Really A Seasoned Pro?

 

Cindy Chang's professional headshot

Will the real Cindy Chang please stand up?

We’re beginning to learn a bit more about the Korean opera phenom who stole the show during Wednesday night’s auditions with her remarkable rendition of Puccini’s “O Mio Babbino Caro.”

And something isn’t adding up right.

Chang — who claims to be a 42 year-old house-wife and former technical writer – wiped away tears after her performance and told the judges “I can’t believe I am here.  I started taking my first voice lessons in my mid to late 20s and my voice teacher said it was too late for me.”

But according to an official biography posted on her agent’s website: “Cindy has been able to sing operatically (since) before she was 8 years old.”

Cindy also failed to mention that she is an accomplished showbiz pro – and member of the Screen Actors Guild – who appeared with Patti LuPone in a production of “Annie Get Your Gun” and in films along-side Kristen Cheoweth, Matthew Modine, John Corbett and Jerry O’Connell.

She has also performed with opera companies across the Midwest.

So is Cindy as authentic as advertised?  You decide.

Here’s the full text (thanks to @AGTCritic for the heads up!)

CINDY CHANG, born in Seoul , Korea and raised in the Southwest suburbs of Chicago , graduated with a B.A. in Speech Communications, Pre-law from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As an immigrant, Cindy was raised to obey her parents’ wishes and going to law school or getting a PhD was their dream. After years of studying what her parents wanted, working in the corporate world and helping her parents financially ever since her first job at 16 years old, it became clear that Cindy could not live out her parents’ dreams, as well-intended as they were and although deeply grateful to her parents for their many sacrifices so that she and her sisters could have a better life - she had to live her dreams, her passions, her convictions. Cindy has been able to sing operatically before she was 8 years old. After working, earning, and saving some money, she started taking lessons and classes (singing, acting, dancing), started auditioning, continued pounding the pavement, and became a classically trained opera singer. Cindy is that rare classically trained singer who can also belt! (You can hear her belt on the Asphalt Beach Original Cast Recording (Music & Lyrics by Andrew Lippa, Book by Peter Spears and T.C. Smith).  She is a also a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Cindy has worked in theatre, film, commercials, and modeling. She has enjoyed the honor of working with artists such as Patti LuPone, Patrick Cassidy and George Hearn in Annie Get Your Gun directed by Lonny Price, musical direction by Paul Gemignani at Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, IL; as well as with Kristin Chenoweth and Matthew Modine (also starring Shirley Jones) in the film Family Weekend; and with John Corbett and Katie Finneran (also starring Jerry O’Connell, Heather Graham, and Lara Flynn Boyle) in the film Baby on Board directed by Brian Herzlinger (My Date With Drew). Cindy has also performed at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire , Light Opera Works, AMTP at Northwestern University , Pamiro Opera in Wisconsin , Navy Pier in Chicago, The Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company in Hyde Park, IL, and the Korean Oratorio Society of Chicago. She has also appeared in commercials (Sears, Northshore Health Systems) and is on the cover of the ServeSafe Coursebook 5th Edition.

Cindy lives with her husband (Jeff) and their dogs. “Becoming a US citizen, marrying my husband, being a petmom (I absolutely LOVE dogs and can’t live without them), being the best aunt to my nieces and nephews; and dreaming and pursuing my passion for singing and the performing arts make my life a blessing!  Knowing where I came from, how far I have come, and how far I know I have yet to go, make me very thankful to continue to work hard and go for MY dream.”

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