Bo Song
Tenor
New England First Place Winner, 1992

Bo Song, described by the Boston Globe as “an outstanding performer,” continues to receive praise for the beauty and musicality of his singing. In October of 2002, he sang the world premieres of two pieces by prominent young composer Yie Xiao Gang, The Great Wall Symphony for Tenor, Soprano, Erhu and Piano and The Spirit of Tibet for tenor, French horn and orchestra, with the Shanghai Broadcast Orchestra conducted by Yongyan Hu for the Beijing International Music Festival at the BoLi Theater. In December of that year, he sang “Nessun dorma” from Turandot at the outdoor Shanghai World Expo Celebration Gala, broadcast nationally. In February of 2003, he had the honor of singing at People’s Hall in Beijing for President Hu Jing Tao and former president Jiang Zhi-Men, the latter joining him to sing “O Sole mio” together!

 

The 2001-02 season was highlighted by his performance at the gala opening concert of the Shanghai Spring International Music Festival, telecast live, in which he sang “Nessun dorma” with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Chen Xie-Yang. He also appeared with conductor Zhang Guo Yon and the combined Macau Chamber Orchestra and Shanghai Youth Orchestra singing arias from La Bohème and Rigoletto and at the Shanghai Grand Theater singing arias from Carmen, La Bohème, Rigoletto, and the third movement of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with conductor Yongyan Hu and the Shanghai Broadcast Orchestra. Mr. Song made his Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall debut in the spring of 2001 in an operatic program, and later that year, sang his first Alfredo in La Traviata in Shreveport, Louisiana.

 

Mr. Song’s other recent performances include a house debut with New York City Opera as the Duke in Rigoletto; a national tour with New York City Opera as Rodolfo in La Bohème; appearances in that same role with Des Moines Metro Opera, Washington Opera International, and Sacramento Opera; the Verdi Requiem with the Brooklyn Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall, the Albany Symphony, California Polytechnical University and Canterbury Choral Society; an operatic concert with the Duluth Symphony; Das Lied von der Erde with the Lincoln Symphony in Nebraska; Verdi’s Nabucco in concert with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the Collegiate Chorale at Carnegie Hall; and as Remendado in Carmen with the Concert Association of Florida.

 

Other engagements have included “Bravo, China!,” a performance at the Hollywood Bowl with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra that was telecast across China; selected arias on a program with the Bergen Philharmonic; the role of Ajax in La Belle Helene with the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, as well as a solo appearance in their 20th Anniversary Gala; Ferrando in Cosí fan tutte and the Prince in Cendrillon with Boston University; and a performance at the Sanders Theatre at Harvard University in which he was featured alongside such prominent artists as cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

 

Winner of the Elizabeth Rethberg Award in the Rosa Ponselle competition in 1988, Mr. Song won first place in the China National Council Competition in 1987, and in the New England Regional Metropolitan Opera Council Audition in 1992, and received grants from the Metropolitan Opera House Education Foundation in 1992 and 1993 and the Li Foundation Fellowship in 1993 and 1994.

Bo Song is a native of Dalian, China, and received his Bachelor of Music degree from Shenyang Conservatory; an Opera Certificate from Boston University, where he was recipient of the Dean’s Scholarship and studied with soprano Phyllis Curtin; and an Advanced Certificate from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Marlena Malas. He was an apprentice artist with the Santa Fe Opera, where he was awarded the Grand Award by General Director John Crosby. He is currently on the faculty of the Shanghai Conservatory.

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