Le Bu is a bass-baritone from Yancheng, China currently in his first year in the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera, and 2022 Grand Finals Winner of the Met’s Laffont Competition. This season, he made his Met debut as a Flemish Deputy in Don Carlo and sang the Second Guard in Julie Taymor’s production of The Magic Flute. He will make his company debut this summer at Santa Fe Opera as a member of their Apprentice Artist Program, where he will sing Second Spirit in L’Orfeo and study the role of Daland in Der Fliegende Holländer. Recent operatic engagements include Dr. Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro at Aspen Opera Theater and the Speaker in Die Zauberflöte with the Merola Opera Program. On the concert stage, he will appear as Rodomonte in a concert production of Furiosus, a new opera in two acts in collaboration with New York University’s Casa Italiana under the baton of Robert Tweeten. He has previously performed at the Manchester Music Festival, the Art Song Festival at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and iSING! International Young Artist Festival. In 2022, he was a winner of the Opera Index Vocal Competition, and recipient of the Hildegard Zadek Young Artist Scholarship. He began his vocal training at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music before transferring to Wichita State University. He completed his bachelor’s degree at the Manhattan School of Music, where he was awarded the Hugh Ross Commencement Award.
Mr. Bu will perform with The Orchestra Now on April 1 & 2, 2023.
Bio: March 2023