Chinese bass-baritone Sun Yu is the first-prize winner of the 2001 Liederkranz Foundation's Wagnerian Voice Competition. His performance as Chou Hu in the U.S. premiere of Jing Shan's Savage Land was highly praised by the Washington Post's Joseph McLellan as "Sun Yu's charisma, polished powerful voice and versatility as both a dramatic and comedic performer." Also in another article, "Star Turns from China", concerning Mr. Sun's performance as the title role in Verdi's Attila, the same critic wrote: "Sunday night, he sounded like a potential Boris Christoff. There is no higher compliment in my vocabulary for a bass-baritone." Also Mr. Sun sung several Operas with Mr. Plácido Domingo.