Kang Wang, Tenor

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Biography Resume

Australian-Chinese tenor Kang Wang is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after young lyric tenors in the opera world. He is a former member of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program of the Metropolitan Opera, a grand finalist in the 2017 Cardiff Singer of the World competition and 2nd Prize winner of the 2017 International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in Moscow, Russia.

During the 2018-19 season, Mr. Wang will make his role and house debuts as Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata with Welsh National Opera and The Glimmerglass Festival, Tamino in Mozart’s Die Zauberflötefor Opera North, and Rodolfo in Puccini’s La bohème at Austin Lyric Opera. He makes his first appearance with the Los Angeles Philharmonic performing Tan Dun’s “Buddha Passion,” a work he premiered with the Müncher Philharmoniker as part of the Dresdner Musikfestspiele in the spring of 2018. Mr. Wang will be the tenor soloist in Verdi’s Requiem with the Eugene Symphony.

In the 2017-2018 season, Mr. Wang made an exciting last-minute debut in Moscow, replacing tenor Jonas Kaufmann in a New Year’s Eve Gala performance of opera arias with orchestra, and staying on to perform a solo recital of song repertoire in the Grand Hall of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory. On the opera stage, he sang the role of Mitrane in Rossini’s Semiramide at the MET, where he also covered both the role of Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor and tenor soloist in Verdi’s Requiem. In addition, he sang Rossini’s Stabat Mater with the London Philharmonic, as well as Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the San Antonio Symphony. Mr. Wang will be the tenor soloist in the world premiere of Tan Dun’s Buddha Passion with Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and Prague Philharmonic Choir as part of the Dresden Music Festival in Germany in May. He will also be featured in concerts in the Musique et Vin in Burgundy, France in June, Menlo Music Festival in California, US and Manchester Music Festival in Vermont, US in July.

In the 2016-2017 season, Mr. Wang appeared with the Beijing Symphony Orchestra as the tenor soloist in Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde which began with performances in Beijing and was subsequently presented by the Kennedy Center in celebration of the Chinese New Year. He also debuted with the American Classical Orchestra in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at David Geffen Hall, and took part in Gala performances with the Austin Lyric Opera. Upcoming seasons include debuts with Opera Australia, Welsh National Opera, Opera North and Austin Lyric Opera, as well as returns to the Metropolitan Opera.

Highlights of recent seasons include the MET Summer Recital Series in various New York City parks, Elvino in La Sonnambula in a coproduction with the Lindemann Program and the Juilliard School, and a program of opera scenes conducted by James Levine. In the 2014-15 season Mr. Wang was a member of the opera studio of the Theater Basel in Switzerland, performing such roles as Nathanael in Les Contes d’Hoffmann and the Male Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia. He has appeared as a guest soloist in over 20 concerts with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and numerous concerts with Opera Queensland.

A favorite of competitions, Mr. Wang won the 2nd prize in the Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in Moscow, Russia and 2nd prize in Premiere Opera International Vocal Competition in New York. He was also a grand finalist in the 2017 Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. He has previously won the People’s Choice Award in the Dame Joan Sutherland National Vocal Award and performed in the final concert of the Australian Singing Competition at the Sydney Opera House as one of the five finalists. In 2016, he was a semi-finalist in the Operalia Competition in Guadalajara, Mexico, and won 2nd place as well as the “people’s choice award” of the Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition. He has also been a finalist in the McDonald Operatic Aria Competition and a finalist Italian Opera Foundation Australia Scholarship. Mr. Wang is the winner of the 2014 Clonter Opera Prize in the United Kingdom.

Originally from Harbin, China, Mr. Wang is the son of two renowned opera singers. He received an International Artist Diploma at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, United Kingdom, and a Master’s of Music from the Queensland Conservatorium at Griffith University in Australia.

Recordings

Schedule

2019.04.27, 2019.05.02, 2019.05.05

Puccini: La bohème

Austin Lyric Opera
Austin, Texas, USA

2019.05.09

Verdi: Requiem

Eugene Symphony Orchestra
Eugene, OR, USA

2019.05.25

Memorial Concert for Joseph Ward

Queensland Conservatorium
Brisbane, Australia

2019.06.01

Opera Gala Concert

Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Brisbane, Australia

2019.06.24

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125

The Philadelphia Orchestra
Philadelphia, PA, USA

2019.07.07, 2019.07.15, 2019.07.21, 2019.07.27, 2019.07.30
2019.08.04, 2019.08.08, 2019.08.10, 2019.08.13, 2019.08.16, 2019.08.19, 2019.08.24

Verdi: La traviata

The Glimmerglass Festival
Cooperstown, New York, USA

2019.08.30, 2019.08.31, 2019.09.01

Verdi: Requiem

Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería
Mexico City, Mexico

2019.10.12, 2019.10.15, 2019.10.18, 2019.10.20

Mozart: Don Giovanni

Pittsburgh Opera
Pittsburgh, PA, USA

2019.11.09, 2019.11.14, 2019.11.17

Verdi: Rigoletto

Austin Lyric Opera
Austin, TX, USA