An enchanting evening of favorite opera arias and duets featuring Metropolitan Opera stars soprano Michelle Bradley, tenor Kang Wang, and baritone Yunpeng Wang.
Soprano Michelle Bradley, a native of Houston, Texas, is in her first year of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera. She makes her Met company debut this summer in the Met’s Summer Recital Series. She was the 2014 grand prize winner of the Music Academy of the West’s Marilyn Horne Song Competition and completed a nationwide recital tour in May 2015. Ms. Bradley has participated in master classes with Stephanie Blythe, Anne Sofie von Otter, Marilyn Horne, Deborah Voigt, and James Morris. She recently performed the role of Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte with Opera Ebony. She received a master’s degree in vocal performance from Bowling Green State University and is the recipient of the 2015 Hildegard Behrens Foundation Award.
Australian-Chinese tenor Kang Wang is in his first year of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. He was a member of the OperAvenir opera studio at Theater Basel in Switzerland for the 2014–15 season, during which time he performed Nathanaël in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Notary in Don Pasquale, and Male Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia. He sang the role of Don José in La Tragédie de Carmen at IVAI Virginia in June 2014, and Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore at the Royal Northern College of Music. At the Queensland Conservatorium, he sang Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi and Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress. Mr. Wang won the People’s Choice Award in the Dame Joan Sutherland National Vocal Award, and as one of five finalists, performed in the final concert of the Australian Singing Competition at the Sydney Opera House. He won the Clonter Opera Prize in the UK in 2014 and was a semi-finalist in the 2011 Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in Vienna. Mr. Wang earned an artist diploma in opera at Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and completed his master’s degree in opera at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University in Australia under Mr. Joseph Ward OBE.
Chinese baritone Yunpeng Wang is in his third year of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program and appeared this season at the Met as Fiorello in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Prince Yamadori in Madama Butterfly, broadcast on the Live in HD series. He also returned to the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Italy, to make his role debut as Figaro in a concert version of Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia and sang Guglielmo in Così fan tutte with the Macao Symphony. Next season, Mr. Wang returns to the Met as Mercutio in a new production of Roméo et Juliette. Mr. Wang made his house debut with the Metropolitan Opera as Fiorello and his company debut in the Summer Recital Series, to which he returns this summer. He has also sung Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Don Profondo in Rossini’s Il Viaggio a Reims with the Rossini Opera Festival at the Teatro Rossini, and Agamemnon in Gluck’s Iphigénie en Aulide. Mr. Wang was the recipient of the Second Place Prize, the Zarzuela Prize, and the Audience Favorite Award at Plácido Domingo’s Operalia Competition in 2012, First Prize in the 2014 Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition, and First Prize in the Alan M. and Joan Taub Ades Vocal Competition. He received his bachelor’s degree from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and a master’s degree in vocal performance from the Manhattan School of Music.