Alumnus Represents Australia in BBC Cardiff Singer of the World

Congratulations to RNCM alumnus Kang Wang, who has been chosen to represent Australia at the 2017 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition.

One of the world’s most popular music competitions, the BBC Cardiff Singer is the premier showcase for opera and concert singers at the outset of their careers. Almost 400 applications were received for this year’s competition, 20 of which will compete for the £15,000 prize in June.

Professor Lynne Dawson, Head of Vocal Studies and Opera, said: ‘Kang has continued to develop his career since graduating from the RNCM in 2014 and we follow his development with enthusiasm and affection. We are really delighted that he will take part in the Cardiff Singer of the World Competition and very much appreciate that this will allow a wide audience to hear this exceptional young artist.’

Originally from Harbin, China, Kang graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University under the guidance of Joseph Ward (former Head of Opera at the RNCM) before completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Opera and Vocal Studies (International Artist) in 2014. 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.

Talking of this year’s competitors, David Jackson, Artistic Director of BBC Cardiff Singer, said: ‘I’m very excited about the talent we’ve netted for this year’s Cardiff Singer. It’s going to be a thrilling week of singing.’

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2 March 2017