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A native of China, Bass Wei Wu is a recent graduate of Washington National Opera‘s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. Upcoming engagements include Timur in Turandot with Pittsburgh Opera, Phanuel in Hérodiade with Washington Concert Opera, Kobun in the world premiere of (R)evolution of Steve Jobs with Santa Fe Opera, and covering Gualtiero Walton in I Puritani  for the Metropolitan Opera. On the concert stage, he joins the Kansas City Symphony for the Mozart Requiem.

Mr. Wu’s 2015-2016 season included engagements singing the Old Hebrew in Samson et Dalila at the NCPA Beijing, Bonze in Madama Butterfly with North Carolina Opera in his company debut, Father Trulove in The Rake’s Progress with Pittsburgh Opera, and the Ghost of Nino in Washington Concert Opera’s production of Semimirade. In his final year as a member of Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, his role assignments included covering the role of Zuniga in Carmen, and Wilcox in the World Premiere of Better Gods.

In the 2014-2015 season, he appeared as Colline in La bohème, The King in The Little Prince, Javelinot in Dialogues of the Carmelites, covers the Captain in Florencia en el Amazonas, and sings Mr. Shaw in the world premiere Penny. He made his debut with Washington Concert Opera in Guntram under the baton of Maestro Antony Walker, and joined the Glyndebourne Festival to cover Osmin in Die entführung aus dem Serail. Mr. Wu also made his Alice Tully Hall debut singing in concert with performers from China’s I Sing Festival, and  debuted with NCPA Beijing as the Four Villains in Les contes d’Hoffman under director Francesca Zambello.

In his first season with Washington National Opera, Mr. Wu has made his debut in the world premiere production of The Lion, The Unicorn and Me as the Inn Keeper, Lizard, Ox and The Shepherd, and he also appeared in Breaking, part of the American Opera World Chinese Initiative. He has also appeared in The Magic Flute as the Second Armored Man at the Kennedy Center.

A native of China, the bass first came to the United States as a young artist covering the titular role in the world premiere of Poet Li Bai at Central City Opera in 2007. He also served as the lead cover of Li Bai throughout the production’s subsequent tour in Rome, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Denver and Los Angeles. While a student at University of Colorado, Wei Wu performed roles including:  Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro (University of Colorado), Colline  in La bohème (Colorado Springs Philharmonic), Ferrando in Il trovatore and Tom in Un ballo in maschera (China National Opera), and Don Alfonso (Opera Arkansas).

Mr. Wu is a regional finalist and district special award winner (Rocky Mountain Region) for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition in 2010 and 2012. He was also the winner of the Denver Lyric Opera Guild Competition in 2011and 2012, and placed third in the 5th Taiwan Vocal Competition.

Mr. Wu received his B.M. in Vocal Performance from the People’s University of China, Beijing, and received his Performance Certificate and M.M. in Voice Performance at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

 

Pittsburgh Opera – Turandot

Bass Wei Wu was impressive as Calaf’s father Timur, featuring a clear and muscular tone (not to mention a fantastic costume and wig).”

Elizabeth Bloom, Pittsburgh Post -Gazette

Washington Concert Opera – Hérodiade

Wu, in particular, had something of a breakthrough night in the role of the court astrologer/adviser Phanuel, which showcased his beautiful, rich, low bass voice.”

Anne Midgette, Washington Post

Washington National Opera – The Little Prince

The textures come through the different characters’ musical themes (think Peter and the Wolf) which artfully support the strengths of the splendid cast of the mostly Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists as if the songs were made on them “like a glove” (despite the opera having originated in Houston almost a decade ago.) So, The King gets plenty of clashing brass featuring bass singer Wei Wu’s impeccable diction and clarity of sound.”

Susan Galbraith, DC Theatre Scene

 

“The King (Wei Wu) with no other subjects was a standout vocally–suitably bombastic and had a superlative bass.”

Brian Bochiccio, mdtheatreguide.com

 

“There was certainly plenty to like that evening, including Wei Wu, a bass in the Domingo-Cafritz program whose singing I’m starting to look forward to, […]”

Anne Midgette, the Washington Post

 

Washington National Opera – The Lion, the Unicorn, and Me

“Wei Wu sounded vigorous as the Innkeeper and Ox (among other roles).”

Anne Midgette, the Washington Post

 

Washington National Opera – Penny

“Wei Wu, like Otaño and O’Halloran another current Domingo-Cafritz member, once again impressed with his resonant bass and increasingly authoritative stage presence.”

Anne Midgette, the Washington Post

 

COMPOSER ROLE OPERA
Bizet Zuniga Carmen
Donizetti Enrico Anna Bolena
Donizetti Raimondo Lucia di Lammermoor
Floyd Olin Blitch Susannah
Gounod Mephistopheles Faust
Mozart Don Alfonso Così fan tutte
Mozart Osmin Die Entführung as dem Serail
Mozart Sarastro Die Zauberflöte
Mozart Leporello, Commendatore Don Giovanni
Mozart Figaro Le nozze di Figaro
Offenbach Four Villains Les contes d’Hoffmann
Poulenc Javelinot Les contes d’Hoffman
Portman The King The Little Prince
Puccini Colline La bohème
Puccini Bonze Madama Butterfly
Puccini Angelotti Tosca
Puccini Timur Turandot
Rossini Basilio Il barbiere di Siviglia
Saint-Saëns Old Hebrew Samson et Delilah
Strauss Friedhold Guntram
Stravinsky Nick Shadow The Rake’s Progress
Tchaikovsky Gremin Eugene Onegin
Verdi Il Re, Ramfis Aida
Verdi Tom Un ballo in maschera
Verdi Pistola Falstaff
Verdi Banco Macbeth
Verdi Lodovico Otello
Verdi Ferrando Il trovatore
Verdi Sparafucile Rigoletto

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