Hao Jiang Tian
Bass Hao Jiang Tian made his San Francisco Opera debut in 2008 as Chang the Coffinmaker in the world premiere of Stewart Wallace and Amy Tan’s The Bonesetter’s Daughter. Since his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1991 he has appeared with that company in more than twenty-six roles, including Count des Grieux (Manon), Raimondo (Lucia di Lammermoor), the King of Egypt (Aida), Timur (Turandot), and most recently as General Wang in the world premiere of Tan Dun’s The First Emperor. Other recent engagements include Philip II (Don Carlos) at Belgium’s Royal Opera of Wallonia and Timur at Lyric Opera of Chicago and Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts. He created the title role of Guo Wenjing’s Poet Li Bai at Denver’s Central City Opera, with subsequent performances in Beijing, Shanghai, and Rome. He first appeared at Florence’s Teatro Comunale as Don Basilio (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) and has since returned to that company as Sparafucile (Rigoletto). Other career highlights include Massenet’s Le Cid at Washington National Opera and Méphistophélès (Faust) at Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. A native of Beijing, Tian graduated from China’s Central Conservatory of Music, later joining the Central Philharmonic Society. After coming to the United States, he earned a master’s degree from the University of Denver. Tian has sung in numerous Metropolitan Opera broadcasts and appears on the Met’s DVD recordings of La Fanciulla del West and Simon Boccanegra. Other recording credits include Gomes’s Il Guarany (Sony) with Plácido Domingo and a 2006 solo album of opera arias (Naxos). His biographical memoir, Along the Roaring River, was published in 2008 by John Wiley & Sons.