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Sing Brother Sing by Tian Haojiang

Venue Date & Time Price
Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
$480, $360

A one-man music theatre performance by Tian Haojiang

Performed in Putonghua with Chinese and English Surtitles


Some three days before the next performance of La Bohème at the Met in New York, Tian Haojiang, the Chinese bass at the Met participating in the opera, received a call from Beijing with news that his elder brother was seriously ill on his death-bed.  Tian at last was granted leave of three days to travel back to Beijing, but having to return to the States in time for the next opera performance.  He met his brother for three hours, singing together, reliving the past they shared or they wished they had shared.  These have become the inspiration of a one-man music theatre piece, the semi-autobiographical Sing Brother Sing.  Tian has chosen some 14 songs for Sing Brother Sing, ranging from childhood songs, Russian songs in Chinese translations, to revolutionary propaganda songs and operatic arias, which he accompanies himself at the piano, guitar and accordion.  The renowned Lin Zhaohua from the Beijing People’s Art Theatre will be the Artistic Director.  Sing Brother Sing was premiered at the National Centre for Performing Arts, Beijing in 2012.  The work is guaranteed to be both nostalgic and revelatory.

About the Performer

Playwright / Performer

Tian Haojiang

Artistic Director

Lin Zhaohua


Hsieh Nien-tsu

Stage and Multi-media Designer

Alexander Polzin

Lighting Designer

Urs Schoenebaum

Stage Manager / Lighting & Technical Instructor

Huang Nuo-hsing

A producion of Roaring River Productions, LLC, New York

Tian Haojiang

Since his Metropolitan Opera debut during the 1991 / 1992 season, Tian Haojiang, a native of Beijing, has earned worldwide recognition as one of today’s most talented operatic basses, singing over 1300 performances of 40 operatic roles worldwide.  He has appeared at the Metropolitan for 19 years in 26 operas.  Tian has also been highly praised for his appearances in many international theatres such as the Berlin State Opera, Teatro Comunale in Florence, Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, Arena di Verona, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Chicago Lyric Opera, Canadian Opera, Washington Opera, and opera houses in France, Spain, Holland, Portugal, Chile, Japan and China. 


Highlights of the recent seasons include the role of Timur in Turandot at the Metropolitan Opera; Philip II in Don Carlos in Liege, Belgium; Ramphis in Aïda at the San Francisco Opera; the title role in The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci in Hong Kong; Mr. Pan in Le Printre, Yu-lin with the Taiwan Philharmonia in Taipei; Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Lorin Maazel conducting, at the National Centre for the Performaning Arts in Beijing.  In 2012 season, his engagement include Le Cid in Valencia, Spain with Plácido Domingo; The Chinese Orphan in Hong Kong; Aïda in Tokyo and Beijing, world premiere of Tian’s one-man show Sing Brother Sing in Beijing and Shanghai.


Tickets available from 29 August onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and by Telephone Credit Card Booking.

Half-price tickets available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (Limited tickets for CSSA recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis).

‘Great Music’ Package Discount

For each purchase of standard tickets for 'Sing Brother Sing by Tian Haojiang', 'Violin Recital by Kyung-Wha Chung' and 'Madgalena Kožená and Private Musicke': 5% off for any 2 programmes; 10% off for all 3 programmes.

Patrons can enjoy only one of the above discount schemes for each purchase. Please inform the box office staff at the time of purchase.

Programme length

Running time of this performance is about 1 hour and 30 minutes with no intermission.

Audiences are strongly advised to arrive punctually.  No latecomers will be admitted until the interval or a suitable break in the programme.


Programme Enquiries:2268 7321

Ticketing Enquiries:2734 9009

Telephone Credit Card Booking:2111 5999

Internet Booking:www.urbtix.hk

The presenter reserves the right to change the programme and substitute artist should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary.

The content of this programme does not represent the view of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.


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