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The Korean tenor Ook Chung first studied at the Faculty of Music of the University of Chung-ang in South Korea before moving to Italy to continue his studies with Adelisa Tabiadon at the Civica Scuola in Milan and with Gianfranco Brizio at Imperia. He subsequently moved to France, where he graduated at the CNR of Rueil-Malmaison in the classes of Elisabeth Vidal and André Cognet. In February 2005 he was a finalist of the CFPL annual audition and in August 2006 he won the First Prize at the Marmande International Competition. In January 2008, he won second prize in the masculine category and the audience prize in the Francesco Viñas International Singing Competition at Barcelona. His repertoire includes works by Donizetti, Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, Gounod, Bellini, and Massenet as well as works of sacred music by Verdi, Handel, Rossini and Mozart. In 2003, Ook Chung made his stage debut in Italy where he took part in concerts at Piacenza, Milan and at Citta di Castello. In 2004, he joined the chorus of the Opéra national de Paris, where he performed soloist roles in various productions. He sang Alfredo Germont in La Traviata at the Marmande Lyric Festival and at Merignac, the role of the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto under the direction of Melanie Thiebaut with the Open Air Opera tour at Paris (the Senate gardens) and throughout France (Carcassonne, Nancy, Luçon), as well as the title role of Werther at the Pin Galant, Mérignac. He also appeared in Jean-François Zygel’s “Music Lessons” at the Théâtre du Châtelet (Rigoletto, The Magic Flute).
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