WARREN MOK- Artistic Director / Producer / Tenor
A Chinese tenor from Hong Kong with a distinguished international career over 30 years, Warren Mok holds a Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music in New York City and is one of the China’s Three Tenors. He is currently the artistic director of Opera Hong Kong, Fujian Grand Theatre & Zhuahi Hua Fa Grandn Theatre. Also He has been dedicated in the music education with the young generation, appearing as Visiting Professor at Beijing University Opera Academy, Xinan University and Shanghai Music Conservatory, as well as Distinguished Professor at South China Normal University. Warren Mok was presented with the Medal of Honour from the Hong Kong Government in 2011 and World Outstanding Chinese Award in 2010. And in 2008, he was also awarded Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella della Solidarietà Italiana (Knight of the Star of Solidarity of Italy) from the Government of Italy, Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) from the French Government. All awards honour his contribution to bring the cultural exchanges between Hong Kong, Italy, France and China. In 2015 he was also awarded the World Ten Outstanding Cantonese. In 2016 he received the Most Outstanding Chinese Award in Beijing.
Since his European début in 1987 at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Mok has been making frequent guest appearances throughout the world, including Deutsche Oper Berlin, Paris Opera, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Opera Australia in Sydney Opera House, Teatro di Bologna Comunale, Teatro Carlo Felice Genova, Teatro Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Opera de Nice, Opera de Lyon, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, The Netherlands Opera, Leipzig Opera, Royal Danish Opera, Teatro di San Carlos Lisbon, Seattle Opera, Bolshoi Theatre, Warsaw Opera, Teatro Lirico di Cagliari in Italy, ABAO Bilbao, Opera Ireland, Teatro di Palma di Mallorca, Nancy Opera France, Bergen Opera Norway, Latvian National Opera, Lithuanian National Opera, Orlando Opera Florida, Hawaii Opera Theater, National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Shanghai Opera House, concert halls in New York’s Carnegie Hall, London’s Royal Albert Hall, Berlin Philharmonie, Vienna Musik Verein, Tokyo Suntori Hall, Seoul, Prague and Zurich. He has performed in many festivals including Vienna, Wiesbaden, Athens, Martina Franca (Italy), Arles (France), Track (Lithuania), Poland, New Zealand, Seoul Arts Centre, Beijing Music Festival, Shanghai International Arts Festival, Singapore Arts Festival, Hong Kong, Macau International Music Festival, and Taiwan. His operatic repertoire exceeds 60 roles including Calaf (Turandot), Cavaradossi (Tosca), Rodolfo (La Bohème), Don Jose (Carmen), Riccardo (Masked Ball), Radames (Aïda), Duke (Rigoletto), Alfredo (La Traviata), Don Carlos, Romeo, Faust, Werther, and many others.
In recent years, Mok has been very active in Asia, not only as a singer, but also as a producer. He has been the Artistic Director for Macau International Music Festival from 2000 and has brought the festival to a world-class high standard. He is the Founder and Artistic Director of Opera Hong Kong. He has produced many great performances of operas and concerts in Macau and Hong Kong and won praise from the public and critics alike. He is an advisor for the Shanghai Opera House, Shanghai Symphony, China National Opera House, Beijing Music Festival. He produced and sang in Roméo et Juliette, Carmen, La Bohème, Otello, Magic Flute, La Traviata, Madame Butterfly, and in Shanghai International Arts Festival and Beijing Music Festival. Most recently he has appeared frequently in the National Centre for Performing Arts in Beijing. He is also an active promoter of western operas and music in China and Asia. The Guardian, a London newspaper, observed that “His technique is rock solid, with beautiful even timbre, and an engaging enthusiasm on stage; ringing top notes were attacked and held in rock-like Pavarotti vein.” And George Loomis, a commentator from Opera Magazine, described his performance the late as follows: “Warren Mok seems to have modeled his performance on that of La Scala’s Raoul, Franco Corelli, and comes amazingly close to the ideal. Suffice it to say that Mok has a ringing, rather baritonal timbre and pours forth tone generously. His Raoul is a visceral experience not least for its secure, expansive high notes…”