Joseph Hu is one of America’s leading character tenors, sought after for roles such as Goro in Madama Butterfly, Pang/Pong in Turandot, Steuermann in Der fliegende Holländer, and Spoletta in Tosca. Of a performance as Goro in San Diego, a critic hailed “Joseph Hu outdid himself as the marriage broker Goro. Cavorting about the stage with grand but obsequious formality, Hu artfully combined the seediest aspects of salesmanship and diplomacy, delivered with vocal confidence and clarity.” (SanDiego.com) This season, Mr. Hu will reprise the role of Pong in Turandot with Vancouver Opera and Tulsa Opera. Future seasons will see Mr. Hu in returns to San Diego Opera.
Last season, Mr. Hu performed the role of Mime in Das Rheingold with National Taichung Theatre in Taiwan, reprised the role of Goro in Madama Butterfly with Palm Beach Opera, and Pong in Turandot with Pittsburgh Opera and Atlanta Opera. Following a recent performance as Pon with San Diego Opera, Mr. Hu garnered critical acclaim as “a first-rate comprimario tenor.” Mr. Hu added the role of Mime to his repertoire, which he covered for Seattle Opera, in both Das Rheingold and Siegfried as part of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen. Since, Mr. Hu performed the roles of Mime and Loge with Minnesota Concert Opera and National Symphony Orchestra; the Steuermann in Der fliegende Holländer with the Bangkok Opera Foundation in Siam; Tanzmeister/Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos with Tapei Symphony; Pong in Turandot with Opera Carolina, Seattle Opera, Palm Beach Opera, and Opera Memphis and Cincinnati Opera; Beppe in Pagliacci with San Antonio Opera and Opera Delaware; Jaquino in Fidelio with the San Antonio Symphony; and Eisslinger in Die Meitstersinger von Nürnberg with San Francisco Opera and in his début with Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Throughout his career, Mr. Hu has cultivated and maintained a long-standing relationship with San Diego Opera, where he has been involved in countless productions in recent seasons. Such performances include Goro in Madama Butterfly, Fourth Jew in Salome, Pong in Turandot, Remendado in Carmen, Abdallo in Nabucco, Gastone in La traviata, Borsa in Rigoletto, Spoletta in Tosca, First Philistine in Samson et Dalila, Don Curzio in Le nozze di Figaro, Ruiz in Il trovatore, Second Priest in Die Zauberflöte, Rodrigo in Otello, productions of Un ballo in maschera, and Arturo in Lucia di lammermoor.
Mr. Hu developed a similar relationship with Dallas Opera over the years, where he performed Beppe in Pagliacci, Pang in Turandot, Nathaniel/Cochenille in Les contes d’Hoffmann, Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos, Chekalinsky in Pique Dame, Borsa in Rigoletto, Wirt in Der Rosenkavalier, First Jew in Salome, Malcolm in Macbeth, Abdallo in Nabucco, and First Armored Man in Die Zauberflöte.
In concert, Mr. Hu has performed the works of Bach, Händel and Mozart with the Tulsa Philharmonic, San Antonio Symphony and the National Symphony of Taiwan. He made his Carnegie Hall début as a tenor soloist in Mozart’s Requiem.