Kang Wang

Tenor

Biography

Australian-Chinese tenor Kang Wang is a 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, 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 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 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 stayed on to perform a solo recital of song repertoire in the Grand Hall of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory. Estonia’s Tallinn Portrait Gallery also presented Mr. Wang in recital at Vene Teater and he sang a concert at the Musique et vin au Clos Vougeot festival in France. On the opera stage, he performed the role of Mitrane in Rossini’s Semiramide at the Metropolitan Opera conducted by Maurizio Benini, where he also covered both the role of Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor with conductor Roberto Abbado and the tenor soloist in Verdi’s Requiem under Maestro James Levine. 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. He has performed 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. Mr. Wang debuted with the Beijing Symphony Orchestra as the tenor soloist in Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde which began with which 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.

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Belvedere Singing Competition: John Brancy and Kang Wang In Finals

IMG Artists vocalists John Brancy and Kang Wang are in tonight's finals of the Belvedere Singing Competition in Moscow. One of the world's largest competitions for young opera soloists, The International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition takes place annually...

Reviews

“The tenor Kang Wang, who was born in China and grew up in Australia, made an endearing Elvino, singing with an ardent voice and sending phrases soaring without any hint of forcing.”

Anthony Tommasini

The New York Times

“Kang Wang, with a beautiful and clear tenor, made a successful house debut as Narraboth, a young captain in love with Salome.”

Ako Imamura

Bachtrack

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“Kang Wang sang with elegance and fervor as the young Narraboth.”

– Opera Wire, David Salazar