Australian-Chinese tenor Kang Wang is 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.
In the 2022-2023 season, Mr Wang makes role debut at the Metropolitan Opera as the Italian Singer in Der Rosenkavalier conducted by Simone Young and makes notable house debuts at Opernhaus Zürich as Rodolfo in La bohème, and Opera Hong Kong as Alfredo in La traviata and Rodolfo in La bohème. He also returns to Washington National Opera for Rodolfo in La bohème. In concert, he returns to Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for Verdi’s Requiem, and to London Philharmonic Orchestra for Tan Dun’s Buddha Passion.
In the 2021-2022 season, Mr. Wang made his house and role debut at Washington National Opera as Ferrando in Così fan tutte. He also made his house debut at Seattle Opera as Rodolfo in La bohème, returned to Opera Australia in the same role, and returned to Opera Queensland as Alfredo in La traviata. In concert, he joined the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for a performance celebrating the Chinese New Year and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra for a concert of arias.
Notable operatic highlights of past seasons include performances of Alfredo in La traviata with Welsh National Opera and Glimmerglass Festival, Tamino from The Magic Flute with Opera North in Leeds, Duca from Rigoletto with Austin Opera and Don Ottavio from Don Giovanni with Pittsburgh Opera, as well as his performances at the Metropolitan Opera as Narraboth in a new production of Salome, Mitrane in Semiramide under the baton of Maurizio Benini, the First Prisoner in Fidelio, and the cover of Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor with conductor Roberto Abbado, Verdi’s Messa da Requiem under James Levine and multiple concerts with the Summer Recital Series in various New York City parks. He also performed Elvino in La sonnambula in a co-production with the Lindemann Program and Juilliard School and a program of opera scenes conducted by James Levine.
In concert, Mr. Wang debuted with the Beijing Symphony Orchestra as the tenor soloist in Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde in a performance that was subsequently presented by the Kennedy Center in celebration of the Chinese New Year. He also 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. Additionally, he sang Tan Dun’s Buddha Passion with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, Rossini’s Stabat Mater with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the San Antonio Symphony, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in his debut with the American Classical Orchestra at David Geffen Hall.
Mr. Wang made his operatic debut as Rinuccio in Queensland Conservatorium’s production of Gianni Schicchi, where he also performed the title role of Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress. He sang Nemorino in RNCM’s production of L’elisir d’amore in 2013 and subsequently Don José in La Tragédie de Carmen at the International Vocal Arts Institute-Virginia in 2014. He was a member of the opera studio of Theater Basel in Switzerland, where he performed roles such as Nathanaël in Les Contes d’Hoffmann and the Male Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia. Additionally, he has appeared as a guest soloist in over 20 concerts with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and in numerous concerts with Opera Queensland.
A favorite of competitions, he has 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 five finalists. In 2016, he was a semifinalist in the Operalia Competition in Guadalajara, Mexico, and won 2nd place as well as the People’s Choice Award in the Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition. He has also been a semifinalist in the Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in Vienna, Austria, a finalist in the McDonald Operatic Aria Competition, and a finalist in the Italian Opera Foundation Australia Scholarship, and he won 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 of Music degree from the Queensland Conservatorium at Griffith University in Australia.