Yonghoon Lee was born in Korea and made his debut in his native country with a repertoire of roles that included Alfredo in La Traviata, Luigi in Il Tabarro, Rodolfo in La Bohème, Cavaradossi in Tosca, Ruggero in La Rondine, and Don José in Carmen. He won first prize in the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation Competition (2005) and the Loren L. Zachary Competition (2006). His career took on an international dimension in 2007 when he performed the title role of Don Carlo in Santiago, Chile, the Frankfurt Opera and the Palau de les Arts in Valencia (Spain) with Lorin Maazel conducting.
He has performed at the Liège Opera (in Don Carlo and La Bohème), and with the Glyndebourne Touring Company (Don José). He has also appeared at the Athens Opera, the Rome Opera and Berlin’s Deutsche Oper (in Cavaradossi), at Genoa’s Teatro Carlo Felice (in La Bohème), and at the Dutch National Opera (in Carmen with Marc Albrecht conducting). In 2010, he made his American debut (in Don Carlos at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, and in Carmen at the Chicago Opera) and he sang the role of Macduff in Macbeth at the Glyndebourne Festival.
The following year he made his debut at the Vienna Staatsoper and Dresden Semperoper (in Tosca) as well as at Milan’s La Scala (as Turiddu in Cavalleria rusticana). He has performed in Carmen at the Metropolitan Opera, the Zurich Opera, and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, as well as in the original French version of Don Carlos in Vienna and Hamburg, and in Turandot (Calaf) in Munich.
His other roles include Manrico (Il Trovatore) at the Theater an der Wien, Hagenbach (in Catalani’s La Wally) at the Geneva Opera and the title role of Andrea Chénier in Zurich. Last season, he returned to the Metropolitan Opera (in Il Trovatore and Cavalleria rusticana), and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London (in Cavalleria rusticana).
He also made appearances at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich (in Il Trovatore), and the Sydney Opera (in Carmen). He opened the 2016 / 2017 season with Andrea Chénier in San Francisco.
Turandot in Düsseldorf, Don Carlo in Munich, Carmen in Dresden, Pollione (Norma) at the Dallas Opera, and Il Trovatore at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona.
Yonghoon Lee is making his debut appearance at the Paris Opera