Tenor Kang Wang is moving on to the final of the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition this Sunday.
The tenor performed four arias in the fourth round competition on Thursday. He kicked off his showcase by singing an aria from Gounod’s “Roméo et Juliette” before plunging into Alfredo’s aria from Verdi’s “La Traviata.” The iconic “Pourquoi me réveiller” from Massenet’s “Werther” ensued” before the lyric tenor finished off his showcase with the famed “Dein ist mein ganzes Herz” from Lehár’s “Das Land des Lächelns.”
The 29-year-old will vie against four other talented young artists to claim this most prestigious title on Sunday, 18 June. The Final will be broadcast from 19:30 UK time on BBC Four. Opera superstar Gerald Finley will be a commentator for the broadcast.
Kang is the son of professional opera singers originally from Harbin, China and gained his international Artist Diploma in Opera at Royal Northern College of Music, completing his Master of Music Studies at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University in Australia. He is currently in his second year of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.
Next season’s highlights include a return to the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, where he’ll sing the role of Mitrane in Rossini’s Semiramide and cover both the tenor soloist in the Verdi Requiem and Arturo in Lucia di Lamermoor. On the concert stage, he debuts with the London Philharmonic Orchestra in Rossini’s Stabat Mater and the San Antonio Symphony as the tenor soloist in Mendelssohn’s Elijah.
Kang was 2nd in the Dallas Opera Guild 2016 Vocal Competition and won the People’s Choice Award. He also won the People’s Choice Award in the Dame Joan Sutherland National Vocal Award and won the Clonter Opera Prize in the UK in 2014.
For more information and for links to watch and listen to the competition, please visit www.bbc.co.uk.