Born in Beijing, bass Hao Jiang Tian has sung at least 50 operatic roles in over 1,400 performances worldwide. Having appeared at the Metropolitan Opera for over 20 years in 26 operas, Tian has sung with such legendary opera stars as Pavarotti, Domingo, Te Kanawa, Fleming and Netrebko, and worked with such notable conductors as Levine, Maazel, Mehta, Chung, Gergiev and Ozawa. He has also been highly praised for his appearances at many international theaters, such as the Berlin State Opera, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Teatro Comunale in Florence, Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, Arena di Verona, Canadian Opera Company, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago and Washington National Opera, as well as opera houses in France, Belgium, Spain, Holland, Portugal, Chile, Russia, Japan and China.
Tian’s engagements from the 2015/16 season included the role of Timur in Turandot at the Metropolitan Opera, and Don Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Vodnik in Rusalka, Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor and Banquo in Macbeth with Placido Domingo and at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) in Beijing. Highlights from his 2014/15 season included Gremin in Eugene Onegin at the Mariinsky Theatre, conducted by Valery Gergiev during the White Night Festival in St Petersburg; Oroveso in Norma at the NCPA; Ramfis in Aida with Zubin Mehta; Liu Siye in Richshaw Boy in Rome, Florence and Turin; Fiesco in Simon Boccanegra with Maestro Chung and Placido Domingo in the title role; and In Search of Time Past at the Olympic international Theatre Festival, Beijing, a music theater work that became a box-office hit both in Taipei and Beijing.
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 Plácido Domingo; the title role in Guo Wenjing’s Poet Li Bai at the Central City Opera, also reprised in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Rome; the role of Chang in Amy Tan’s Bonesetter’s Daughter at the San Francisco Opera; the title role in The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci in Hong Kong; the role of Mr. Pan in Le Peintre, Yu-lin with the Taiwan Philharmonia in Taipei; and the role of Liu Siye in Guo Wenjing’s Richkshaw Boy at the NCPA.
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 Plácido Domingo – and audio recording credits include his solo album of opera arias (Naxos) and his solo album of Chinese art songs, Over the Ocean. Wiley and Sons published his autobiography, Along the Roaring River: My Wild Ride from Mao to the Met, as a Lincoln Center Book. A PBS special based on this book was made in 2009 and aired nationwide. In 2012, CNN featured him and his one-man show Sing Brother Sing on Talk Asia.
Hao Jiang Tian received his master’s degree in voice from the Lamont School of Music at Denver University, where he was honored as a distinguished alumnus with the Professional Achievement Award in 2008 and the Arts and Humanity Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014. With a committee of 100 members, Tian is the founder and artistic director of the iSING! International Young Artists Festival, an initiative introducing Mandarin as a lyric language to the opera world. This musical, cultural and educational Festival made its American concert debut at Lincoln Center in 2013 and has attracted world-wide attention.