HAO JIANG TIAN DEBUT SOLO CD ON NAXOS IN STORES APRIL 18th
On April 18th, Naxos will release the debut international solo
recording of Hao Jiang Tian, the Chinese-born bass whose appearances in the
world’s leading opera houses have met with wide acclaim. This new collection
highlights 12 bass arias by Verdi, Rossini, Gounod and Tchaikovsky and others.
From the original French versions of Verdi’s operas for the Paris Opera
to rarities from Bellini’s La Sonnambula and Ponchielli’s
La Gioconda, these are “arias that have been very important for
me both personally and professionally,” says Tian.
Since his Metropolitan Opera debut
in 1991, Hao Jiang Tian has appeared at the Met in every subsequent season,
earning widespread recognition as one of the most prominent bass singers in
the world today. With more than 50 roles to his credit, Tian’s auspicious
international debuts have included Roger in Verdi’s Jerusalem at
the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, Don Basilio in Rossini’s Il barbiere
di Sivilgia at the Teatro Comunale in Florence, and Procida in Verdi’s
Les Vepres Siciliennes at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
A graduate of China’s Central
Conservatory of Music, the Beijing-born Tian briefly joined China’s Central
Philharmonic Society before coming to the US to continue his musical studies
at the University of Denver. His awards include the San Francisco Opera Competition,
the Rosa Ponselle Foundation Award, and the Bel Canto Foundation Voice Competition,
whose first prize included studies with tenor Carlo Bergonzi in Verdi’s
hometown of Busseto.
Tian has appeared in two Metropolitan Opera DVDs (La Fanciulla del West,
Simon Boccanegra), and numerous Metropolitan Opera Broadcasts. At the
Washington National Opera, he has appeared with Placido Domingo in two rare
stagings of Massenet’s Le Cid and Gomes’s Il Guarany,
the latter of which Tian and Domingo recorded with the State Opera of Bonn.
He has appeared in the New York premiere of Tan Dun’s Water Passion
after St. Matthew and will perform the leading bass role in Tan’s
opera The First Emperor, commissioned by the Met and to be premiered
in December 2006. He will also premiere Guo Wenjing’s opera Li Bai,
whose title role was written especially for him, at Denver’s Central City
Opera in July 2007.
Hao Jiang TIAN: Operatic Arias
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Alexander Rahbari (conductor)