Zaikuan Song, making his HGO debut, is possessed of a repertoire that spans from the comic parts of Donizetti, Mozart, Puccini, and Rossini to the strong and serious roles of Verdi. During the 2023-24 season, he also performs as Rambaldo in La rondine with Opera on the James, Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor with Opera Orlando, and as a soloist in Verdi’s Requiem with Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra. Song’s notable engagements include The King and Ramfis in Aida, Timur in Turandot, Commendatore in Don Giovanni, Banco in Macbeth, and Sarastro in The Magic Flute. He has sung the roles of Germano in La Scala di Seta, Simone in Gianni Schicchi, Frank Maurrant in Street Scene, Figaro in The Marriage of Figaro, Dulcamara in The Elixir of Love, Mr. Emerson in A Room with a View, Changwu Ye in The Savage Land, and Ariodate in Xerxes with MSU Opera Theater. Other credits include leading roles with Opera Grand Rapids, Opera Carolina, and Toledo Opera, and concert appearances with the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis Gerdine Young Artist Program in 2022. Song was awarded the Top Prize in the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition in 2018 and was named a finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions – Midwest Region in 2020. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Michigan State University School of Music and Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in vocal performance from China Conservatory of Music.