Grammy Award-winning bass Wei Wu trained at the People’s University of China, Beijing, before continuing his education at the University of Colorado at Boulder, who recently bestowed upon him the Kalpana Chawla Outstanding Recent Graduate Award. He is a graduate of Washington National Opera’s Cafritz Young Artist Program.
During the 2022-23 season, Mr. Wu makes his debut with Los Angeles Opera as Angelotti in Tosca, joins both Calgary Opera and Utah Opera as Kobun in The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, and sings Frère Laurent in Roméo et Juliette at Central City Opera. The 2023-24 season will bring his Metropolitan Opera debut.
Mr. Wu’s 2021-2022 season included his debuts with New Orleans Opera, as Hunding in the first act of Die Walküre, and Opera Philadelphia, for his role debut as Sparafucile in Rigoletto, as well as a return to the Metropolitan Opera, covering the role of Timur in Turandot. The season also featured performances of Kobun with Austin Opera and Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and his debut with Des Moines Metro Opera, singing Marv Carson in the world premiere of A Thousand Acres and Snug the Joiner in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
For the COVID-19 impacted 2020-2021 season, engagements included the Inspector in the world premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s Woman with Eyes Closed with Opera Philadelphia (postponed), his role debut as Gremin in Eugene Onegin in a return to Minnesota Opera (cancelled), and Ferrando in Il trovatore with Portland Opera in his company debut (cancelled). During the summer of 2021, he debuted with Bard Summerscape as Allan in Le roi Arthus.
Mr. Wu bowed as Kobun in the world premiere performances of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs at Santa Fe Opera, and appears on the cast live recording, which was released by Pentatone and won Best Opera Recording at the 2019 Grammy Awards. His notable operatic engagements include Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte), Don Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Colline (La bohème) and Lodovico (Otello) with Washington National Opera; Arnold “Chick” Gandil in the world premiere of Joel Puckett’s The Fix with Minnesota Opera; the Four Villains (Les contes d’Hoffmann), Don Basilio and the Old Hebrew (Samson et Dalila) at the NCPA Beijing, Timur (Turandot) and Father Trulove (The Rake’s Progress) with Pittsburgh Opera, the Nephew in Blood Moon with the PROTOTYPE Festival, and Phanuel (Hérodiade) as well as the Ghost of Nino (Semiramide) with Washington Concert Opera.
On the symphonic stage, he has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony as Rocco in Fidelio, conducted by Manfred Honeck, Kansas City Symphony, for Mozart’s Requiem led by Michael Stern, and has sung Verdi’s Requiem with The Orchestra Now and the West Virginia Symphony.