Bass Wei Wu recently made his company debut with the Glyndebourne Festival Opera, covering Osmin in Die Entführung aus dem Serail. Mr. Wu begins his 2015-2016 season singing the Old Hebrew in Samson et Dalila at theNCPA Beijing, a company debut with North Carolina Opera as Bonze in Madama Butterfly and as the Ghost of Nino in Washington Concert Opera’s production of Semimirade. Now in his third year with Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, the bass’ role assignments include covering the role of Zuniga in Carmen,and Wilcox in the World Premiere of Better Gods.
In his first season with Washington National Opera, Mr. Wu made his debut in the world premiere production of The Lion, The Unicorn and Me as the Inn Keeper, Lizard, Ox and The Shepherd, and he also appeared in Breaking, part of the American Opera Initiative. He has also appeared in The Magic Flute as the Second Armored Man at the Kennedy Center. Last season, he appeared as Colline in La bohème, The King in The Little Prince, Javelinot in Dialogues of the Carmelites, covers the Captain in Florencia en el Amazonas, and sings Mr. Shaw in the world premiere Penny. He recently made his debut with Washington Concert Opera in Guntram under the baton of Maestro Antony Walker in March. Mr. Wu recently made his Alice Tully Hall debut singing in concert with performers from China’s I Sing Festival, and also debuted with NCPA Beijing as the Four Villains in Les contes d’Hoffman under director Francesca Zambello.
A native of China, the bass first came to the United States as a young artist covering the titular role in the world premiere of Poet Li Bai at Central City Opera in 2007. He also served as the lead cover of Li Bai throughout the production’s subsequent tour in Rome, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Denver and Los Angeles. While a student at University of Colorado, Wei Wu performed roles including: Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro (University of Colorado), Colline in La bohème (Colorado Springs Philharmonic), Ferrando in Il trovatore and Tom in Un ballo in maschera(China National Opera), and Don Alfonso (Opera Arkansas).
Mr. Wu is a regional finalist and district special award winner (Rocky Mountain Region) for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition in 2010 and 2012. He was also the winner of the Denver Lyric Opera Guild Competition in 2011and 2012, and placed third in the 5th Taiwan Vocal Competition.
Mr. Wu received his B.M. in Vocal Performance from the People’s University of China, Beijing, and received his Performance Certificate and M.M. in Voice Performance at the University of Colorado at Boulder.