Kang Wang Wins Second Prize at International Competiton

Congratulations to alumnus Kang Wang on winning Second Prize at the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition.

Fresh from representing Australia in this year’s BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, Kang was one of 1125 applicants worldwide to enter the prestigious competition, 15 of which made it through to the final earlier this month.

One of the world’s largest competitions for young opera soloists, the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition is an annual event with the final rounds hosted at the most renowned opera houses around the world. This year, for the first time, the final was held at the Helikon Opera in Moscow and was judged by a panel comprising John M Mordler (President of the Competition), Joan Matabosch (Artistic Director of the Teatro Real Madrid), Michael Williams (Managing Director of Cape Town Opera), and Dmitrij Bertman (Artistic Director of Helikon Opera Moscow).

Kang Wang, whose prize included 3500 euros, graduated from the RNCM in 2014 with a Postgraduate Diploma in Opera and Vocal Studies (International Artist). During his studies (supported by Independent Opera and the Zochonis Charitable Trust) he performed the role of Nemorino in RNCM Opera’s 2013 production of Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore (pictured); won the 2014 Clonter Opera Prize; and took part in a recording of Michael Balfe’s Satanella with Maestro Richard Bonynge AC CBE for Naxos. Since 2015 he has been a member of Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Programme; an exceptional training initiative incorporating music, language, dramatic coaching, and movement from the Met’s artistic staff and invited teachers.

In June, Kang represented Australia in the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World. Watch his Round 4 winning performance below: