Vocalist - Bass
Biography

Dong-Jian Gong is a remarkably gifted bass with a voice of great range and power. His repertoire encompasses the demanding roles of Verdi as well as the operas of Mozart, Rossini and contemporary works such as Carles Santos’ Asdrúbila. His performances are noted for his “wonderful combination of tone, clarity of diction and fervent emotion” (The News, Mexico City). Recently he performed Dottore Grenvil in La traviata with Opera Hong Kong, Kublai Khan in Tan Dun’s Marco Polo in Bergen, Norway, and returned to Opera Hong Kong as Daland in Der fliegende Holländer.

In the 2016-17 season, Dong-Jian Gong reprised the role of Abbot Fahai in Zhou Long’s Madame White Snake with Beth Morrison Projects (part of Cerise Jacobs’ Ouroboros Trilogy) after successful performances at the Beijing Music Festival, and the world premiere with Opera Boston. In recent seasons, Mr. Gong sang the role of Charlie Soong in the American premiere of Huang Ruo’s Dr. Sun Yat-sen with Santa Fe Opera, after performing the role in the world premiere with Opera Hong Kong. He also performed the role of Philippe II in Verdi’s Don Carlos with Hawaii Opera Theatre, in Hong Kong, and at Shanghai Opera House; sang Daland with Beijing Grand Opera; Timur in Turandot with Opera Hong Kong; the leading role in Cong Su’s Mercury Light World with the Berliner Festspiele; the role of the Emperor in Tan Dun’s Tea at the New Zealand International Arts Festival; and Zhuang Zhou in Qu Xiao-song’s Cleaving the Coffin with Zeitgenössische Oper Berlin.

Other opera highlights include Colline in La bohème with the Wiener Staatsoper; Ramfis in Aida with the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Seattle Opera, and Oper der Stadt Köln; Procida in I vespri siciliani with Opéra de Nice; Zaccaria in Nabucco with Ópera de Bellas Artes in Mexico City and Vancouver Opera; Le Grand Inquisiteur in Don Carlos with Opéra de Lyon; Philippe II in Don Carlos with Kentucky Opera; Sir Giorgio in I puritani with Teatro Cervantes Málaga; Sparafucile in Rigoletto with Teatro Arriaga de Bilbao; and Timur with Opera Company of Philadelphia. He has also performed Bonze in Madama Butterfly with Dallas Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, and Cincinnati Opera; Colline with New York City Opera; Nourabad in Les pechêurs de perles with Calgary Opera; and Oroveso in Norma with Opera Memphis.

A fan and advocate of new opera, Dong-Jian Gong appeared as Han Xizai in the world premiere of Guo Wenjing’s Night Banquet with the Hong Kong Arts Festival, and in the summer of 2002 was in the U.S. premiere at the Lincoln Center Festival. He went on to reprise the role at the Beijing Music Festival and in performances in Paris, Perth, and Berlin. He performed the role of Lahoan in the world premiere of Qu Xiao-song’s Life on a String with Brussel’s Kunsten Festival des Arts, and also in Paris, Lisbon, at the Edinburgh Festival, and with Zeitgenössische Oper Berlin. Mr. Gong has made a specialty of the role of Kublai Khan in Tan Dun’s Marco Polo and can be heard on the Sony Classics recording of the piece. He was in productions of the opera in Munich, Amsterdam, Turin, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and London.

Mr. Gong’s orchestral engagements have included Mozart’s Requiem with Teatro Municipal de Santiago, Dvořák’s Stabat Mater with Lisbon’s Gulbenkian Orchestra, Bruch’s Odysseus with the American Symphony Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and Verdi’s Requiem in Madrid with Michel Plasson, the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, in Beijing and Guangzhou, and in the presence of the Pope at the Vatican.  

Mr. Gong was a past winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and a finalist in the 8th International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and the Concorso Voci Verdiane in Busseto.  

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