American baritone EUGENE CHAN is quickly establishing himself as a talented actor-singer with the ability to hold the audience captive with the smoothness of his operatic voice, enunciation, and sure interpretation.
In the 2007/08 season, Chan made his San Francisco Opera debut as Prince Yamadori (Madama Butterfly) under Donald Runnicles. He most recently made his Hollywood Bowl debut with Bramwell Tovey and the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Orff’s Carmina Burana with fewer than 24 hours notice, a piece which served as his international debut in China at the Shanghai National Grand Theatre. For the 2008/09 season, Chan is scheduled for a National Residency under the auspices of the Marilyn Horne Foundation, Danilo (The Merry Widow) with Opera Santa Barbara, and his debuts at Walt Disney Concert Hall with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, as Schaunard (La bohème) with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and the San Francisco Symphony under Herbert Blomstedt.
At Sacramento State University, where he received his Bachelor of Music degree, he was seen in the title role of Don Giovanni, Ottone (L’incoronazione di Poppea), and Papageno (Die Zauberflöte). He also created the role of Xi-men Qing in the world premiere of The Grand Seducers: Giovanni meets Xi-men Qing commissioned by the San Francisco Chinese Culture Center in the spring of 2006.
An avid recitalist, Chan recently made his Carnegie Hall recital debut under the auspices of the Marilyn Horne Foundation in January 2008. He has been featured with orchestra in Orff’s Carmina Burana, Fauré’s Requiem, Copland’s Old American Songs, Brahms’ German Requiem, Vaughan Williams’ Songs of Travel, and the West Coast premiere of René Clausen’s Memorial. He was also featured as soloist in the PBS televised performance of the Charpentier Te Deum with the San Francisco Boys Chorus.
Chan has received numerous prizes and awards. He was a national finalist in the 2007 Liederkranz and Houston Opera’s Eleanor McCollum Competitions and is the recipient of a 2006 Special Judges Award from the Sullivan Foundation and a 2006 Encouragement Award in the Marilyn Horne Foundation Competition.