Kwangchul Youn Bass
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Born in Korea, Kwangchul Youn is one of the four finalists of the Operalia Plácido Domingo Competition held in Paris in 1993. From 1993 to 2004, he was a member of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden Company, in Berlin.

He is invited to perform to the leading operatic venues: Vienna Staatsoper (Faust, The Magic Flute, Parsifal, Don Carlo, Simon Boccanegra, Tannhäuser, Tristan und Isolde), Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin (Simon Boccanegra, Lohengrin, Das Rheingold, Eugene Onegin, Tannhäuser, Samson et Dalila, Macbeth), Teatro alla Scala in Milan (Das Rheingold, Don Giovanni, Il Trovatore, Fidelio), New York Metropolitan Opera (Les Troyens, Don Giovanni, Guillaume Tell, Il Trovatore, Roméo et Juliette), Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich (Parsifal, The Flying Dutchman, Tristan und Isolde), Dresden Semperoper (Simon Boccanegra, Lohengrin, Eugene Onegin), Royal Opera House Covent Garden (Lohengrin, Lucia di Lammermoor), Frankfurt Opera (Don Carlo), Chicago Lyric Opera (Parsifal), Bayreuth Festival (Tristan und Isolde, Parsifal, Die Walküre), Hamburg Staatsoper (Parsifal), Salzburg Festival…

In recent years, he has sung the roles of Rocco (Fidelio) at Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin, Hunding (Die Walküre) in a concert version with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Daland (The Flying Dutchman) and Hermann (Tannhäuser) at Hamburg Staatsoper, Gurnemanz (Parsifal) at Houston Grand Opera and Sarastro (The Magic Flute) at San Francisco Opera.

Kwangchul Youn can be heard on various recordings, such as Tiefland, Le Nozze di Figaro, Così fan tutte, Don Giovanni (Arte Nova) and Fidelio (Teldec), Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Teldec), Croesus (Harmonia Mundi), Daphne (Decca).

At the Paris Opera: Simon Boccanegra (Pietro), 1994; Lucia di Lammermoor (Raimondo Bidebent), 2006; Les Troyens (Narbal), 2006; Luisa Miller (Wurm), 2008; La forza del destino (Padre Guardiano), 2011; Aida (Ramfis), 2016; Rigoletto (Sparafucile), 2017; Parsifal (Gurnemanz), 2022

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