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 and a finalist in the 2017 Cardiff Singer of the World competition.
During the 2018/19 season, he 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 Zauberflöte for Opera North, and Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Bohème at Austin Lyric Opera. He makes his first appearance with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in these performances of Tan Dun’s Buddha Passion, a work he premiered with the Müncher Philharmoniker as part of the Dresdner Musikfestspiele in the spring of 2018.
In the 2017/18 season, 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 stayed on to perform a solo recital of song repertoire in the Grand Hall of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory. On the opera stage, he performed the role of Mitrane in Rossini’s Semiramide conducted by Maurizio Benini at the Metropolitan Opera. Additional engagements included debuts in Rossini’s Stabat Mater with the London Philharmonic and Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the San Antonio Symphony.
Highlights of recent seasons include performances with the Metropolitan Opera as Narraboth in a new production of Salome, First Prisoner in Beethoven’s Fidelio, as well as multiple concerts with the Summer Recital Series in various New York City parks. Wang debuted with the Beijing Symphony Orchestra as the tenor soloist in Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde which was subsequently presented by the Kennedy Center in celebration of the Chinese New Year.
A favorite of competitions, Wang had 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. He has also been a finalist in the McDonald Operatic Aria Competition and is the winner of the 2014 Clonter Opera Prize in the U.K.
Originally from Harbin, China, Wang is the son of two renowned opera singers. He received an International Artist Diploma at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, U.K., and a Master’s of Music from the Queensland Conservatorium at Griffith University in Australia.