Dong-Jian Gong is a remarkably gifted bass with a voice of great range and power. His repertoire encompasses the demanding roles of Verdi as well as the operas of Mozart, Rossini and contemporary works such as Carlos Santos'Asdrubila. His performances are noted for his "wonderful combination of tone, clarity of diction and fervent emotion" (The News, Mexico City). Recently he performed Dottore Grenvil in La traviata with Opera Hong Kong; and in season 2012-13 he performed Kublai Khan in Tan Dun’s Marco Polo in Bergen, Norway and returned to Opera Hong Kong as Daland in Der fliegende Holländer. His 2013-14 season engagements include the role of Charlie Soong in the American premiere of Huang Ruo’s Dr. Sun Yat-sen with Santa Fe Opera.
In recent seasons Dong-Jian Gong reprised his performance of the role of Abbot Fa Hai in Zhou Long’s Madame White Snake with the Beijing Music Festival, a role which he originated for the world premiere with Opera Boston; performed the role of Philip II in Verdi’s Don Carlo with Hawaii Opera Theatre, also in Hong Kong and at Shanghai Opera House; sang Daland with Beijing Grand Opera; Timur in Turandot with Opera Hong Kong; performed the title role in Dr. Sun Yat Sen with the Vox Festival (NYC) and Opera Hong Kong; the leading role in Cong Su’s World in Mercury Light with the Berliner Festspiele; the role of the Emperor in Tan Dun’s Tea at the New Zealand International Arts Festival; and Zhuang Zhou in Qu Xiao-song’s Cleaving the Coffin with the Zeitgenössische Oper Berlin.
Opera highlights include Colline in La bohème with the Vienna Staatsoper; Ramfis in Aida with the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Seattle Opera, and Oper der Stadt Köln; Procida in I vespri Siciliani with Opéra de Nice; Zaccaria in Nabuccowith the Opera de Bellas Artes in Mexico City and Vancouver Opera; the Grand Inquisitor in Don Carlos with Opéra de Lyon; Philip II in Don Carlos with Kentucky Opera; Giorgio in I puritani with Opera Malaga; Sparafucile inRigoletto with the Bilbao Opera; and Timur in Turandot with Opera Company of Philadelphia. He has also performed the Bonze in Madama Butterfly with the Dallas Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, and Cincinnati Opera; Colline in La bohèmewith New York City Opera; Nourabad in Les Pechêurs de perles with Calgary Opera; and Oroveso in Norma with Opera Memphis.
A fan and advocate of new opera, Dong-Jian Gong appeared as Han Xizai in the world premiere of Guo Wenjing'sNight Banquet with the Hong Kong Arts Festival, and in the summer of 2002 was in the U.S. premiere at the Lincoln Center Festival. He went on to reprise the role at the Beijing Music Festival and in performances in Paris, Perth, and Berlin. He performed the role of Lahoan in the world premiere of Qu Xiao-song's Life on a String with the Kunsten Festival des Arts in Brussels, and also in Paris, Lisbon, at the Edinburgh Festival, and with Zeitgenossiche Opera in Berlin. Mr. Gong has also made a specialty of the role of Kublai Khan in Tan Dun's Marco Polo and can be heard on the Sony Classics recording of the piece. He was in productions of the opera in Munich, Amsterdam, Turin, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and London.
Mr. Gong's orchestral engagements have included the Mozart Requiem with the Teatro Municipal in Santiago, Dvorák's Stabat Mater with the Gulbenkian Orchestra of Lisbon, Bruch's Odysseuswith the American Symphony Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. He has performed Verdi’s Requiem in Madrid with Michel Plasson, with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, in Beijing and Guangzhou, and in the presence of the Pope at the Vatican.
Mr. Gong was a past winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and a finalist in the 8th International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and the Concorso Voci Verdiane in Busseto.