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Baritone André Chiang
Baritone André Chiang has been described as “vocally commanding” (Oregonian), “handsome of voice” (Opera News), and lauded with “let’s hear more from this singer” (Washington Post). Mr. Chiang’s recent engagements include the Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance with Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre, and Schaunard in La bohème with Mississippi Opera and the Natchez Festival of Music. Past seasons’ highlights include Falke in Die Fledermaus, Ford in Falstaff, Yamadori/Registrar in Madama Butterfly, Maximillian/Captain in Candide, Young Galileo/Salviati in Galileo Galilei, and Argante in Rinaldo with Portland Opera; Yamadori in Madama Butterfly and King Melchior in Amahl and the Night Visitors with Ash Lawn Opera; Masetto in Don Giovanni, El Gallo in The Fantasticks, Morales/Le Dancaïre in Carmen, and Motorcycle Cop/Guard 1 in Dead Man Walking with Shreveport Opera; Belcore in L’elisir d’amore and Marchese d’Obigny in La traviata with Opera Birmingham; Anthony Hope in Sweeney Todd, Barone Douphol in La traviata, Le Dancaïre in Carmen, and Fiorello/Officer in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Virginia Opera; Sam in Trouble in Tahiti and Charlie in Three Decembers with Painted Sky Opera; Escamillo in La tragédie de Carmen with Louisiana Opera; King Melchior in Amahl and the Night Visitors with Opéra Louisiane; Guglielmo in Così fan tutte with The Washington Idaho Symphony; Dottore Grenvil in La traviata, Marco in Gianni Schicchi, Count Gil in Il segreto di Susanna and Schaunard in La bohème with Mobile Opera; Ctésippe in Pénélope, Il Conte in Le nozze di Figaro, and Falke in Die Fledermaus with the Manhattan School of Music, and Falstaff in Falstaff, The Forester in The Cunning Little Vixen (in Czech), Eugene Onegin in Eugene Onegin (in Russian), and Inspector Kildare/Witness #7 in Elizabeth Cree with Louisiana State University. Mr. Chiang is also a graduate of several prestigious apprenticeships, having spent summers as a Gerdine Young Artist at the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and with the Glimmerglass Festival, covering Nathan Gunn as Lancelot in Camelot, as well as performing the role in their Young Artist Matinee.
Along with his stage work, he is equally comfortable in recital and concert. These credits include being the Featured Artist in “A Romantic Evening” with La Grange Symphony Orchestra, the Featured Artist in an orchestrated concert of Vaughan Williams' Songs of Travel under the baton of George Manahan, Baritone soloist in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Richmond Symphony, Baritone soloist in Carmina Burana with the New Orleans Symphony Chorus, who performed in the French Quarter Festival, the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, and the Canterbury Voices, Bass soloist in Haydn’s Mass in D minor with the Eastern Shore Choral Society and the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, the Bass soloist in Dvorak’s Mass in D with Mobile Opera, Sam in Trouble in Tahiti with the Enid Symphony Orchestra, Paul in Mendelssohn’s Saint Paul and the Narrator in Dvořák’s The Spectre’s Bride, and the Young Priest in Dinos Constantinides’ opera Rosanna with DCINY Concerts in Weill Hall.
In addition to the stage and concert hall, Mr. Chiang has placed in various regional and national competitions. He was a Regional Finalist for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, fifth place winner in the Opera Birmingham 39th annual competition, the La Grange Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition Winner, finalist in the Liederkranz Art Song/Lieder competition, winner of the Grand Concours de Chant for French song, winner of the Eisenberg–Fried Concerto Competition for Voice at the Manhattan School of Music, winner of the 59th National Federation of Music Clubs 2017 Biennial Young Artist Competition in Men’s Voice, which has sent him around the nation singing at state-wide and national conferences for the NFMC, and winner of the 45th National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Awards Competition.
Upcoming engagements for Mr. Chiang include Baritone soloist in Martin Palmeri’s World Premiere of Gran Misa at Stern Auditorium in Carnegie Hall, Gad Beck in Heggie’s Two Remain with Louisiana State University, Yamadori/Commissioner in Madama Butterfly with Portland Opera, Dandini in La cenerentola with Dayton Opera, Rambaldo in La rondine with Mobile Opera, and Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette with Mississippi Opera.
Mr. Chiang completed his Bachelor of Music degree at the University of South Alabama and his Master of Music degree at the Manhattan School of Music. He is currently residing in Baton Rouge, LA and studies with Dennis Jesse, Associate Professor of Voice, at Louisiana State University in pursuit of a Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance minoring in Arts Administration with a full-tuition, stipend teaching assistantship and performance scholarship. In 2018, Mr. Chiang was selected as a NATS Intern and was mentored by Brian Gill, DMA, Associate Professor of Voice at Indiana University. This exclusive training for voice teachers provides an intensive on different pedagogical methods of teaching, teaching different genres, and being a more efficient and effective teacher. That same summer he also attended two sessions of the CCM Institute at Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA focusing on contemporary technique and genre pedagogy. This summer he is in the process of obtaining a Certificate in Vocology from the National Center of Voice and Speech at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT. Mr. Chiang maintains an active private studio with many students placing in NATS Auditions and State Trumbauer Festivals. Students have participated in the Seraphic Fire Choral Institute in Aspen, CO, “Destination Broadway” in New York City, and have gone on to study music at the University of Miami, Shenandoah Conservatory, and musical theatre at Carnegie Mellon University and Oklahoma City University. He was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama.
Recent and UPCOMING
Natchez Festival of Music
in Natchez, MS
in La bohème
May 25, 2019
Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane University
in New Orleans, LA
in The Pirates of Penzance
June 1, 2, 2019
Distinguished Concerts International New York
in New York, NY (Stern Auditorium in Carnegie Hall)
in Martin Palmeri’s Gran Misa
June 23, 2019
Louisiana State University Opera
in Baton Rouge, LA
in Two Remain
September 27, 29m, 2019
in Portland, OR
in Madama Butterfly
October 25, 27m, 31, and November 2, 2019
Southern Region of NATS
in Jonesboro, AR
in Concert and Lecture
November 7-9, 2019
in Dayton, OH
in La cenerentola
February 28 and
March 1m, 2020
Rapides Symphony Orchestra
in Alexandria, LA
in Mozart’s Requiem
March 14, 2020
in Mobile, AL
in La rondine
March 27, 29, 2020 TBA
in Jackson, MS
in Roméo et Juliette
April 25, 2020
Programs and notes
Publicity and academic Materials
As the Baritone Soloist in
the World Premiere of Gran Misa by Martin Palmeri
with Distinguished Concerts International New York
presents ¡Buena Onda! Music from South America
As the narrator in
(the spectre’s bride)
with the Berkeley community chorus and orchestra
as Dr. Falke in
with Portland Opera
As Le Dancaïre in
with Virginia Opera
as belcore in
with opera birmiingham
As Fiorello in
Il baribiere di Siviglia
with Virginia Opera
As Baron Duphol in
with Virginia Opera
As Anthony Hope in Sweeney Todd with Virginia Opera
As Argante in Rinaldo with Portland Opera
as Younger Galileo in galileo galilei with portland opera
André Chiang as Falke and Il Conte.
Dona Vaughn's 2009 production of Die Fledermaus and 2010 production of Le nozze di Figaro at the Manhattan School of Music. Photo: Carol Rosegg.
André Chiang as El Gallo, Morales and Le Dancaïre, and Motor Cop/Guard 1.
Dean Anthony's 2011 production of The Fantasticks, 2015 production of Carmen, and 2016 production of Dead Man Walking at Shreveport Opera. Photo: Jack Charity.
André Chiang as Concertist, Yamadori, Salviati/Young Galileo, Maximillian, Argante, and Falke.
Portland Opera's Productions of Big Night (2011), Galileo Galilei (2012), Madama Butterfly (2012), Candide (2012), Rinaldo (2013), Photo: Cory Weaver, and Die Fledermaus (2014). Photo: Karen Almond.
André Chiang as Lancelot.
Longbottom's 2013 production of Camelot at The Glimmerglass Festival. Photo: Jamie Kraus.
André Chiang as Le Dancaïre, Anthony Hope, Concertist, Fiorello, Yamadori, Cockney #2, and King Melchior.
Virginia Opera's 2014 production of Carmen. Photo: David Beloff.
Virginia Opera’s 2014 production of Sweeney Todd. Photo: Lucid Frame.
Virginia Opera’s 2016 Battersea Arias and Ensembles Performance,.
Virginia Opera’s 2016 production of Il barbiere di Siviglia.
Ash Lawn Opera's 2015 productions of Madama Butterfly, My Fair Lady, and Amahl and the Night Visitors. Photo: Janet Moore-Coll.
André Chiang as Dottore Grenvil, Marco, Schaunard, Conte Gil, Belcore, Etienne Grandet, Bogdanovitch, and Commissioner/Yamadori.
Mobile Opera's 2009 production of La traviata.
Mobile Opera’s 2016 production of Gianni Schicchi. Photo: Zimlich Photography.
Scott Skiba's 2018 production of La bohème with Mobile Opera. Photo: Keith Necaise.
Scott Wright’s 2019 production of Il segreto di Susanna with Mobile Opera. Photo: Steven Alsip.
Keturah Stickann's 2017 production of L'elisir d'amore with Opera Birmingham. Photo: Stewart Edmonds.
Kristin Kenning's 2017 production of The Naughty Marietta with the Birmingham Music Club.
Dean Anthony's 2016 production of The Merry Widow and Joshua Borth's 2018 production of Madama Butterfly with Pensacola Opera. Photo: Meg Burke.
André Chiang as Charlie and Soloist and Sam.
Rob Glaubitz’s 2018 production of Three Decembers with Painted Sky Opera.
Rob Glaubitz’s 2019 production of Arias and Barcarolles and Trouble in Tahiti with Painted Sky Opera. Photo: Matt Fowler.
André Chiang as Schaunard.
J.J. Hudson’s 2019 production of La bohème with Mississippi Opera. Photo: Lisa Chavez and Stefan Gordon.
André Chiang as Falstaff, the Gamekeeper, Eugene Onegin, Inspector Kildare, and King Melchior.
Dugg McDonough's 2017 production of Falstaff. Photo: Zachary Hazelwood.
Dugg McDonough's 2018 production of Příhody lišky Bystroušky (The Cunning Little Vixen). Photo: Zachary Hazelwood.
Octavio Cardenas’ 2018 production of Евгений Онегин (Eugene Onegin). Photo: Shelby Lewis.
Dugg McDonough’s 2019 production of Elizabeth Cree (Collegiate Premiere) with Louisiana State University. Photo: Shelby Lewis.
Dugg McDonough's 2017 production of Amahl and the Night Visitors with Opéra Louisiane. Photo: Rick LeCompte.
André Chiang as Bass Soloists, Concertist, and Prize Winners.
Mobile Opera's 2015 concert of Dvorak's Mass in D. Photo: Zimlich Photography.
Broadmoor United Methodist Church Festival de Noël 2016 concert of Messiah.
Eastern Shore Choral Society 2017 concert of Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass.
Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra 2018 production of Mendelssohn’s St. Paul.
Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra 2019 production of Dvořák’s Svatební košile (The Spectre’s Bride).
Canterbury Voice’s 2019 production of Carmina Burana.
Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) presents 2019 ¡Buena Onda! Music from South America in Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall. Photo: Dan Wright.
Concert with Nicholas Brownlee, Jennifer Feinstein, Tjaden Cox, and Laura Moore at the Mobile Opera Larkins Center. Photo: Dr. Steve.
NFMC 2018 National Conference Concert Performance in Milwaukee, WI with accompanist, Dr. James Norden.
Fifth Place Winner for the 2015 Annapolis Opera 27th Annual Opera Competition.
National Winner of the 2017 59th NFMC Young Artist Competition in Men's Voice in Dayton, OH.
Second Runner-Up for the 2018 Mobile Opera Madame Rose Palmai-Tenser Scholarship Competition.
National Winner of the 2018 45th NATS Artist Awards in New York, NY.
“André Chiang’s vocal instruction has been invaluable to me as I pursue singing - especially professional ensemble work - as a more significant component of my musical career. His technical pedagogy is an excellently-balanced combination of function and sensation, which is magic in the hands of an intuitive and creative teacher with his precise ear, eye, and vocal model. By all accounts, too, our lessons are great fun. He is a joy to work with!
I've enjoyed new and exciting exploration of the capabilities and potential of my voice, and André’s teaching has facilitated immediate tangible improvements in all facets of my singing life, which has opened doors to more work and opportunities. He has also helped me develop routines for vocal health and consistency that suit my lifestyle as a frequent traveler with a busy and variable schedule. And, as a conductor, our time together has directly enriched my group vocal pedagogy. I highly recommend voice lessons with André!”
-Sarah Bowe, Conductor and Soprano; Boston, MA
“André Chiang is an amazing voice teacher! He talks with, rather than at, his students, and has a wide array of knowledge in the anatomy and physiology of the human body and how that relates back to singing! André notices when his students don’t quite understand what he says and will readily present whatever concept in a different way, so as to clear up any confusion! André cares for his students and helps them get ready to perform, audition, teach, etc.!”
-Jonathan Thomas, Louisiana State University student majoring in Biological Engineering and minoring in Music; Baton Rouge, LA
"My experience working with Mr. André Chiang this past year has been an absolute wonder. As a gender fluid transgender, I have taken on both male and female roles. Mr. Chiang has been able to work with me to strengthen both voices, focusing primarily on the male modal voice. His technique of maintaining optimum oropharyngeal spacing, with minimal excess subglottal pressure, constant and adequate breath flow, and freedom in the bodies natural resonators has helped me achieve more volume and projection in my sound while compensating for tonsils and adenoids that are twice and triple the normal size. It has given me more masculine and distinguishable sound. With his guidance, I have sung songs and roles like Sebastian from “The Little Mermaid” all the way to Celie from “The Color Purple”. Mr. Chiang, during lessons, is very forward with vocal progression and has a realism of the professional world that reinforces my want to continue my studies with him. I recommend him for beginners to professional singers and I promise that you will not be disappointed."
-Shanarrous Briggins-Pollard, Registered Respiratory Therapist; Mobile, AL and New York, NY