Korean-born Kwangchul Youn was one of the four prize-winners of Placido Domingo’s Operalia International Singing Competition in Paris in 1993. From 1993 to 2004, he was a member of the Berlin Staatsoper company where he made his debut in numerous roles of the bass repertoire. He has been invited to sing at some of the world’s great opera houses, including the Vienna Staatsoper (Faust, The Magic Flute, Parsifal, Don Carlo, Tannhäuser), the Berlin Staatsoper (Simon Boccanegra, Lohengrin, Das Rheingold, Eugene Onegin, Tannhäuser), Milan’s La Scala (Das Rheingold, Don Giovanni, Il Trovatore, Fidelio), New York’s Metropolitan Opera (Lucia di Lammermoor, Les Troyens), Munich’s Bayerische Staatsoper (Parsifal, The Flying Dutchman, Tristan et Isolde, Il Trovatore), the Dresden Semperoper (Simon Boccanegra, Lohengrin), the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London (Lohengrin, Lucia diLammermoor), the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona (Tristan et Isolde), the Paris Opera (Luisa Miller, La Forza del Destino), the Frankfurt Opera (Don Carlo), Chicago’s Lyric Opera (Parsifal), the Teatro Regio in Turin (Tannhäuser, Parsifal), the Bayreuth Festival (Tristan et Isolde, Parsifal, Die Walküre, The Flying Dutchman), the Salzburg Festival, the Dresden Musikfestspiele, the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, the Ravinia Festival USA, the Vienna Klangbogen, and the Beethovenfest in Bonn… He has also performed in concert with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Radio-Symphonic Orchestra, the Accademia Santa Cecilia in Rome, the Vara Radio Orchestra in Amsterdam, the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, The Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, the NHK Symphony Orchestra, and the BBC Proms. He has recorded Tiefland, The Marriage of Figaro, Così fan tutte, Don Giovanni (Arte Nova) and Fidelio (Teldec) under the baton of Bertrand deBilly, The Mastersingers of Nuremberg with Daniel Barenboim (Teldec), Croesus with René Jacobs (Harmonia Mundi), and Daphne with Semyon Bychkov and Cologne’s WDE Sinfonieorchester (Decca).
Projects: The Commendatore (Don Giovanni) and Melchtal (William Tell) at the Metropolitan Opera, Daland (The Flying Dutchman) at the Teatro Real in Madrid, King Marke (Tristan et Isolde) at the Vienna Staatsoper, Sparafucile (Rigoletto) at the Paris Opera.