Grammy Award-winning bass Wei Wu trained at Washington National Opera’s Cafritz Young Artist Program, the People’s University of China, Beijing, and the University of Colorado at Boulder, who recently presented him with the Kalpana Chawla Outstanding Recent Graduate Award.
The bass’s 2023-24 season holds two exciting house debuts: first, he brings his celebrated interpretation of Kōbun in The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs to San Francisco Opera. He then makes his house and role debut as Zuniga in a new production of Bizet’s Carmen with The Metropolitan Opera.
Recent engagements for Wei Wu include his debut with Los Angeles Opera as Angelotti in Tosca; Frère Laurent in Roméo et Juliette at Central City Opera; Sparafucile in Rigoletto with Opera Philadelphia; Hunding in Act 1 of Die Walküre with New Orleans Opera; Marv Carson in A Thousand Acres (world premiere) and Snug the Joiner in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, both for Des Moines Metro Opera; and performances of Kōbun with Calgary Opera, Utah Opera, Austin Opera and Lyric Opera of Kansas City.
Mr. Wu bowed as Kōbun 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.