Wu, William (1935-2009), professionally known as William Wu, was an opera singer and was born in Changhua Xinhua. During his studies at Taiwan Provincial Changhua Industrial Vocational School, he began taking vocal lessons with Liao Chao-tun. In 1963, Wu moved to Japan, and he graduated from the Toho Gakuen School of Music in 1967. In August of the same year, Wu would continue his studies at the Deutsche Oper Berlin’s Affiliated Opera Research Institute in West Germany. After graduating with honors in 1970, Wu became a signed singer of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, marking the beginning his professional singing career. In 1973, Wu made a huge breakthrough with his performance of Canio from Pagliacci, becoming the only Asian tenor in the European opera scene at the time. Wu traveled and performed in West Germany, Britain, Italy, Belgium and the United States among other places. In 1976, he was listed in the “Who's Who Opera” published by New York Times magazine, and in the following year, at the invitation of the Ministry of Education, he returned to Taiwan to hold a solo recital. In 1982, he founded the Capital Opera Troupe with the intent of training Taiwanese opera talent. Wu would also collaborate with the Taipei Symphony to actively promote the art of opera. Wu was best known for his performances in the operas, Pagliacci, Otello, and Aida among many others. The achievements Wu made over his career has not yet to be matched by another tenor from Taiwan.