A highly acclaimed and prolific composer, Michael Ching has written works performed by opera companies and orchestras throughout the United States. Described as "compelling," " provocative," and "uplifting," with passages of "sheer poetry," Mr. Ching's compositions have been presented by OperaDelaware, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Opera Memphis, Chicago Opera Theatre, New Orleans Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Dayton Opera, Triangle Opera Theater, Virginia Opera, Pittsburgh Opera Center, Fargo Moorhead Opera, Anchorage Opera, Texas Opera Theater, the Atlanta Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Virginia Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Memphis Symphony, San Jose Chamber Orchestra, and the Charlotte Symphony, among others.
Included in his body of operatic works are Corps Of Discovery, an opera commissioned by the University of Missouri which received its world premiere in May 2003; Buoso's Ghost, a sequel to Gianni Schicchi performed many times and most recently by Lake George Opera, Amarillo Opera, and Opera New Jersey; King of the Clouds, an educational work commissioned by the Dayton Opera and Out of the Rain, a companion piece to King of the Clouds. His opera, Faith, was performed at the World Science Fiction Convention (WorldCon). Mr. Ching's most recent operatic composition, Midsummer Night's Dream, an "a cappella opera," receives its World Premiere in 2011 in a coproduction between Opera Memphis, Memphis' professional theatre, Playhouse on the Square and Delta Cappella. His works have received several NEA grants and funding by Meet the Composer. Mr. Ching is one of the most prominent students of American composers Robert Ward and Carlisle Floyd.
A noted conductor, Mo. Ching has led acclaimed performances of numerous operas (including his own works) together with operetta and musical theater productions for companies throughout the United States. He has worked with Florida Grand Opera, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Opera New Jersey, Nashville Opera, Opera North Carolina, Virginia Opera, and Opera Memphis, where he also served as artistic director. Mo. Ching has performed the works of varied composers ranging from Gluck to Wargo, Hummon and Legg. Operatic repertoire performed comprises Orpheus, Così fan tutte, Don Giovanni, Madama Butterfly, Carmen, Rigoletto, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, La Traviata, Cavalleria Rusticana, I Pagliacci, Werther, Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Lucia di Lammermoor, Porgy and Bess, Faust, Turandot, Un Ballo in Maschera, Il Trovatore, La Bohème, Gianni Schicchi, Buoso's Ghost, Roméo and Juliette, La Cenerentola, Tosca, Faust, Surrender Road, The Informer, Different Fields, Claudia LeGare among others. Mo. Ching has also led performances of the works of Gilbert and Sullivan (The Mikado and Pirates of Penzance), Richard Rogers's The King and I and South Pacific, and Irving Berlin's Annie Get Your Gun and Frederick Loewe's My Fair Lady.
Upcoming for Mo. Ching in the 2010-2011 Season are Aida for Opera Memphis; the World Premiere of his composition A Midsummer Night's Dream for Opera Memphis and Playhouse on the Square; Hansel and Gretel for Fargo-Moorehead Opera Company, and Lucia di Lammermoor for Hawaii Opera Theater. Mo. Ching is also working with Center City Opera Theater in Philadelphia on a new creative project."Michael Ching conducted [Turandot] here with ample brio for the heroic outbursts, solo and communal, counterbalanced by welcome degrees of subtlety to underscore the essential human conflicts." The Financial Times (London)