Joseph Hu

Joseph Hu

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) Most recently, Mr. Hu performed the role of Pong in Turandot with the Canadian Opera Company and Goro in Madama Butterfly with Pacific Symphony. 2020 engagements were to include Pong in Turandot with Austin Opera and Goro in Madama Butterfly with Hawaii Opera Theatre which he will now perform this fall.

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Madama Butterfly
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Hawaii Opera Theatre
Honolulu, Hawaii

Artist Bio

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) Most recently, Mr. Hu performed the role of Pong in Turandot with the Canadian Opera Company and Goro in Madama Butterfly with Pacific Symphony. 2020 engagements were to include Pong in Turandot with Austin Opera and Goro in Madama Butterfly with Hawaii Opera Theatre which he will now perform this fall.

Following a recent performance as Pong in Turandot with San Diego Opera, Mr. Hu garnered critical acclaim as “a first-rate comprimario tenor.”  He has performed the role with Opera Carolina, Seattle Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Opera Memphis, Cincinnati Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Atlanta Opera, and just last season with Vancouver Opera and Tulsa Opera.  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.  Mr. Hu performed the roles of Mime and Loge with Minnesota Concert Opera, National Symphony Orchestra, and National Taichung Theatre in Taiwan.  Additional engagements have included Goro in Madama Butterfly for Palm Beach Opera, Pong in Turandot at the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts in Taiwan, the Steuermann in Der fliegende Holländer with the Bangkok Opera Foundation in Siam; Tanzmeister/Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos with Tapei Symphony; 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 Basilio and Curzio in Le nozze di Figaro, 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.

Updated 4.27.21

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“Tanzmeister’s aria” Ariadne auf naxos

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"... Hu outdid himself... with grand but obsequious formality, with vocal confidence and clarity." – SanDiego.com

Madama Butterfly – “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 salemanship and diplomacy, delivered with vocal confidence and clarity.”

"...much gusto... capture[s] the comedic element required..." – The Column Awards

Turandot – “Joseph Hu plays Pang, another advisor, and he does it with much gusto. Of the three adviser roles he is able to capture the comedic element required by the character.”

"...healthy and attractive..." – LA Times

Der fliegende Hollander – “Joseph Hu made healthy and attractive sounds as the Steersman.”

"...fresh and vibrant..." – SanDiego.com

La traviata – “As Gaston, tenor Joseph Hu sounded fresh and vibrant.”

"...just the right amount of levity." – mvdaily.com

Madama Butterfly – “The Marriage Broker, as played by Joseph Hu, provided just the right amount of levity.”