Baritone Todd Jang is delighted to return to the stage after a hiatus of 11 years. A proud graduate of the opera department at The University of British Columbia (2004), his most memorable roles at UBC included Valentin in Gounod’s Faust, Danilo in Lehar’s The Merry Widow, Papageno in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Lescaut in Massenet’s Manon, The Father in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel, and Taddeo in Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri.
Shortly before graduating from UBC, Todd made his professional debut as Dandini in Rossini’s La Cenerentola (Opera Saskatchewan). In the decade that followed, Todd performed a wide range of roles within the standard and not-so-standard repertoire that included Schaunard in Puccini’s La Boheme (Edmonton Opera), Ramiro in Ravel’s L’Heure Espagnole (Glenn Gould), Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff (Highlands Opera Studio), Frédéric in Délibes’ Lakmé (Calgary/Edmonton Opera) and Major John Graves Simcoe in Beckwith’s Taptoo! (Toronto Operetta Theatre).
Between 2007 and 2010 Todd was one-third of the opera crossover trio Romanza, performing across Canada and in 29 US states. While on tour he showcased his versatility as a singer and arranger in repertoire ranging from Puccini to The Beatles.
During Todd’s time away from the stage he trained at George Brown Chef School and in 2016 opened his own café in Toronto’s west end where he currently works as Head Baker.
Todd is honoured to bring to life the dual roles of Father and Qu Yuan. As the son of a first-generation Chinese-Canadian mother, Todd learnt from a young age the importance of embracing and preserving cultural traditions. He would like to dedicate his performance to his mother, (Bonnie) Jang Mojing, his grandparents, (Dick) Jang Yin Chong and (Dora) Jang Gut Lin, and his first cousin and second mother, (Julia) Lee Moolan.