Editior／Felicity Fei-Hsien Chiu
Prof. Tseng Dau-Hsiong is a famous conductor, stage director, baritone and educator. He founded the Taipei Opera Theatre (台北歌劇劇場) in 1971 and has premiered more than 30 operas in Taiwan and Southeast Asia. In each opera production, he served as producer, stage director, vocal coach, chorus master, and even as a singer or conductor.
He is also an internationally recognized music educator. He was director of the Music Research Institute and the head of the Music Department at the
from 1981 to
1984. He has conducted the chorus of the National Taiwan Normal
for more than 30 years, directing plays of sacred and secular works. National Taiwan
“IDOMENEO, King of Crete” was produced and conducted by Tseng in January 2008. Under Tseng’s instruction, the members of the Taipei Opera Theatre performed an ‘old-fashioned’ opera “IDOMENEO, King of Crete”.
This opera was composed by young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, using a classical plot (King Idomeneus, ‘Idomeneo’ in Italian, is mentioned in Homer and Virgil). Tseng also wrote the Chinese subtitles for this opera.
A note about Tseng Dau-Hsiong（曾道雄）, director.
Tseng Dau-Hsiong is a renowned Taiwanese baritone. Tseng, born in
1939 in Chang-hwa,
Taiwan, studied with Robert
Scholz and Paul Dai at National Taiwan Normal
University, and with Franco Navarette
and Maria de
at the Royal Madrid Music Conservatory. He also studied opera and singing at Los Angeles , under the guidance of Dr.
Jan Propper, and opera directing under Maria Carta. Los Angeles University
Tseng has given critically acclaimed operatic performances in Europe,
As a highly regarded conductor, Tseng studied with Franco Ferrara in Taiwan Siena and has conducted numerous operas and oratorios in Taiwan and elsewhere in Asia.
In 1988, Tseng was invited by the United Nations Refugee Agency to sing a baritone solo in
at concert to raise funds for
hungry African children. He sang the famous Taiwanese song “Don’t Keep Fish in
the Bottom of the Cup,” at the agreement of the composer Lu Chuan-Sheng. His
performance highly impressed many people at the concert, including the Japanese
Royal family. Tokyo, Japan
In 1990, Tseng made history as the first Taiwanese to be invited by
China to conduct and direct the opera La Traviata, produced by the
National Central Opera Company, to celebrate the Asian Olympics in . That same year,
he conducted the first opera ever performed at the Grand Theatre of the New
Culture Centre in Beijing Hong Kong.
Tseng founded the Taipei Opera Theatre in 1971 and has since premiered more than 30 operas in Taiwan and Southeast Asia, including “Dido and Aeneas”, “Magic Flute”, “Idomeneo”, “Fidelio”, “Der Freichuetz”, “Hansel und Gretel”, “Macbeth”, “Rigoletto”, “Faust”, “Pagliacci”, “Il Segreto di Susanna”, “Mazart und Salieiri”, and “Gianni Schicchi”.
He was the director of the Music Research Institute and the head of the Music Department at
from 1982 to
1985. He taught at National
University Iowa State University
as a visiting professor, and gave lectures at Louvain
University in Belgium, as well as at the Universities of Leeds
and Cambridge in the U.K.
Tseng has been recognized for the breadth of his achievements in opera, song and education. Many musicians and artists who worked with him have expressed appreciation for his fine conducting, profound musical knowledge and teaching enthusiasm.