Met Opera star will perform one-man show, ‘From Mao to the Met,’ April 5

March 22nd, 2012

Hao Jiang Tian

SMITHFIELD, R.I. — Hao Jiang Tian, recognized as one of the world's most talented bass opera singers, will present his one-man show, "From Mao to the Met," at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 5, in Bryant University's Janikies Theatre, 1150 Douglas Pike.

Based on his 2008 memoir, the live performance traces Tian's journey from a childhood of hardship during the Cultural Revolution in Beijing to his life of international stardom. A performer since 1991 with New York City's Metropolitan Opera, Tian has been highly praised for his appearances in the world's major opera houses and has won acclaim for some of the greatest roles written for bass.

Tickets are $10 each ($5 with a Bryant ID) and are available at the door or in advance by calling Justin Paulsen, 401-232-6884.

The presentation is part of China Week events being sponsored by Bryant University's U.S.-China Institute April 2-5. Other events open to the public include a lecture by Chinese journalist Hepeng Jia, founder and former editor-in-chief of Science News Magazine. An active promoter of science journalism in China, Jia's presentation at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, in MRC4, will reflect on China's low-carbon movements.

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Keywords: China Week, events, Hao Jiang Tian, opera, U.S.- China Institute