The Justin Bennett Finalist Award

Hao Hu is a tenor who has a full Italianate voice and studied at Mannes School of Music in New York with Professor Arthur Levy. In 2018, Mr. Hu performed as Dick Johnson in Metropolitan Opera Guild Puccini Concert.   Mr. Hu made his debut  as Pong in Turandot with Verismo Opera directed by Evelyn La Quaif and the legendary soprano, Lucine Amara.  In 2017/2018, Mr. Hu made his debut at Mannes School of Music as Don Curzio in Le Nozze di Figaro with Maestro Joseph Colaneri.  He also performed opera scenes in  Mannes semester concerts as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Macduff in Macbeth,  F. B Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Rodolfo in  La bohème,  Tamino in Die  Zauberflöte, the title  role in Faust and Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore.  In the summer of 2017, Mr. Hu  was a young artist in the Martina Arroyo Prelude to  Performance Foundation. He performed Gerardo  in Gianni  Schicchi,  conducted by Maestro Willie Waters.  After he finished is internship  in the Martina Arroyo Prelude to  Performance Foundation, Mr. Hu performed Des Grieux and F.B. Pinkerton with Joshua Greene in New York Summer Opera Scenes.  Mr. Hu started his vocal technique as a baritone.  After 8 years,  Mr. Hu transitioned his voice to tenor under the guidance of Professor Arthur Levy.   

Hao Hu : Photo by Gwen Juarez

2019 Finalist Award Winner : Bronwyn White