In Joon Jang has sung the roles of Mr. Director and Presto in Poulenc’s Les mamelles de Tirésias, Simone in Gianni Schicchi, Olin Blitch in Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah, Nardo in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera, Ford in Falstaff and the title role of Don Giovanni at Royce Hall, under the auspices of Opera UCLA. He was also heard as Bonzo in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl and as Schaunard in the student matinee performance of La bohème with Los Angeles Opera, where he has appeared in numerous productions. He sang the role of Yamadori in Madama Butterfly, Le Bret in Cyrano de Bergerac, Sciarrone in Tosca, Dancairo in Carmen, Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore and Ping in Turandot with Opera Pacific. ~ Mr. Jang’s oratorio credits include Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Bach’s Magnificat, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and the 9th Symphony, Haydn’s Third Mass (The Imperial) and The Creation, Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Verdi’s Requiem, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria and Orff ’s Carmina Burana.
Mr. Jang was the first place winner of the Loren L. Zachary Society National Vocal Competition 2002, the Metropolitan Opera National Council Western Regional Auditions 2002 and the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation International Vocal Competition. He joined San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program in 2002 and was a national finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Grand Final Audition in 2003. He received a Bachelor of Music in piano performance at Kye-Myung University in Korea and earned his Masters of Music in Voice at UCLA, where he is completing his doctorate in Musical Arts.