Kwangchul Youn Bass

Biography

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. 

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, Tristan and Isolde), the Berlin Staatsoper (Simon Boccanegra, Lohengrin, Das Rheingold, Eugene Onegin, Tannhäuser, Samson and Delilah, Macbeth), Milan’s La Scala (Das Rheingold, Don Giovanni, Il Trovatore, Fidelio), New York’s Metropolitan Opera (The Trojans, Don Giovanni, Guillaume Tell, Il Trovatore, Romeo and Juliet), Munich’s Bayerische Staatsoper (Parsifal, The Flying Dutchman, Tristan and Isolde), the Dresden Semperoper (Simon Boccanegra, Lohengrin, Eugene Oneguine), the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London (Lohengrin, Lucia di Lammermoor), the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona (Tristan et Isolde, Aida), the Paris Opera (Luisa Miller, La Forza del Destino, Aida, Rigoletto), the Frankfurt Opera (Don Carlo), Chicago’s Lyric Opera (Parsifal), the Teatro Regio in Turin (Tannhäuser, Parsifal), the Bayreuth Festival (Tristan and 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… 

During Season 2021-2022 he performed, among other roles, Rocco (Fidelio) at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden de Berlin, Hunding (Die Walküre) in concert version with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor Philippe Jordan, and sung a concert at the Tongyeong Festival. 

He has recorded Tiefland, The Marriage of Figaro, Così fan tutte, Don Giovanni (Arte Nova) and Fidelio (Teldec) under the baton of Bertrand de Billy, 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).

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