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Kang Wang

Kang Wang, Australia

Tenor, Australia

«I worked for 3 years as a computer programmer for an Australian IT company before I quit my job and became a singer.»

What inspired you to become a singer?
My parents are both singers (tenor and soprano) and I fell in love with opera after watching The Great Caruso starring the legendary Mario Lanza.


What’s your dream role and why?
My dream role is Canio from Pagliacci because it's a fantastic opera with such a sad and dramatic story, and the ending of Canio's aria "Vesti la giubba" is also the first tune I remember; my father used to play old recordings of Caruso singing all the time when I was little.


Who is your favourite singer and why?
I have several favourite singers, but when I'm learning a new role I tend to listen to recordings of Luciano Pavarotti for Italian repertoire and Fritz Wunderlich for German repertoire.


What do you hope to achieve by participating in The Queen Sonja International Music Competition?
The Queen Sonja International Music Competition is one of the most prestigious music competitions in the world and by being part of it, I hope to share the stage with the wonderful young singers of my generation and let the world hear me sing.


Tell us something surprising or unexpected about yourself!
I worked for 3 years as a computer programmer (more specifically a web developer) for an Australian IT company before I quit my job and became a singer. I don't actually have an undergraduate degree in Music, but have a Bachelor degree of Information Techology instead.


Is there anything else you would like to tell us, which might be interesting to the public?
I used to play a lot of video games when I was a teenager, and there was this one game about the age of discovery called Uncharted Waters that I played intensely and Oslo was actually the base of my fleet in the game. Little did I know back then, that when I grow up I would actually be traveling to the real city of Oslo in Norway for one of the biggest music competitions in the world.
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