Hao Jiang Tian, born in Beijing, has sung over 1400 performances of 50 operatic roles worldwide. The only Chinese singer who has appeared at the Metropolitan Opera for 20 years in 26 operas, he has sung with legendary opera stars such as Pavarotti, Domingo, Te Kanawa, Fleming, Netrebko, among others. He has performed with many renowned opera conductors of today, such as Levine, Maazel, Mehta, Gergiev, Ozawa, among others. Tian has also been highly praised for his appearances in many international theaters such as the Staatsoper Berlin, Teatro Comunale in Florence, Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, Arena di Verona, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, San Francisco Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Washington National Opera, and opera houses in France, Belgium, Spain, Holland, Portugal, Chile, Russia, Japan and China.
Tian’s credits in Chinese modern opera include a number of world premieres: the role of General Wang in Tan Dun’s The First Emperor at the Metropolitan Opera opposite Placido Domingo; the title role of Guo Wenjing’s Poet Li Bai in Central City Opera, also reprised in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Rome; at the San Francisco Opera, the role of Chang in Amy Tan’s The Bonesetter’s Daughter; the title role in The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci in Hong Kong; as Mr. Pan in Le Peintre, Yu-Lin with the Taiwan Philharmonia in Taipei; as Liu Siye in Guo Wenjing’s opera Rickshaw Boy at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) in Beijing and most recently, in the title role in Tang Jianping’s opera Voyage to the East – A Fearless Buddhist Master’s Mission to Japan at the world premiere in Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara and Osaka.
Video recording credits include Gomez’s Il Guarany (Sony Classical), Tan Dun’s The First Emperor (EMI Classics), La Fanciulla del West and Simon Boccanegra (Deutsche Grammophon), all with Placido Domingo; a solo album of opera arias (Naxos) and an album of Chinese art songs, “Over The Ocean”. Tian was nominated as a Principal Soloist for the 51st Grammy Award (2008) for Best Opera Recording of The First Emperor. His autobiography, “Along the Roaring River: My Wild Ride from Mao to the Met”, was published by Wiley and Sons as a Lincoln Center Book. A PBS special, based on this book, was made in 2009 and aired nationwide. CNN featured him and his one-man show Sing Brother Sing in “Talk Asia” in 2012.
Highlights of his 2018/19 season include singing opera John Magee in The Diaries of J. Rabe at the Berlin Staatsoper, Hamburg and Vienna; the title role of Monk Jianzhen at New York’s Lincoln Center, Aida at Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts, Kublai Khan in Marco Poplo at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova, Italy and Commendatore in Don Giovanni with Opera Hong Kong, and a music theater work In Search of Time Past in Los Angeles and New York. Other recent engagements include Banquo in Macbeth with Placido Domingo in the title role at NCPA; Gremin in Eugene Onegin at the Mariinsky Theatre, conducted by Valery Gergiev during the White Night Festival in St Petersburg; Oroveso in Norma at NCPA; Ramfis in Aida, with conductor Zubin Mehta; Liu Siye in Rickshaw Boy in Genoa, Florence, and Turin; Fiesco in Simon Boccanegra with Placido Domingo in the title role; and Timur in Turandot at the Metropolitan Opera.
Tian received his master degree in voice from Lamont School of Music, Denver University which honored him as a distinguished alumnus with the Professional Achievement Award (2008) and the Arts and Humanity Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award (2014). With a committee of 100 members, Tian is the founder and artistic director of the iSING! International Young Artists Festival, an initiative of introducing Mandarin as a lyric language to the opera world, and help young singers to develop their singing career.
In March, 2019, Tian received the BraVo Award for “The best classical male vocal artist” at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.