South Korean baritone Dong-Hwan Lee makes his Royal Opera debut as Count Monterone (Rigoletto) for The Royal Opera in the 2014/15 Season.
Lee studied at the Yeungam University in Deagu, South Korea, at the Music Academy in Hamburg and at the opera studio of Hamburg State Opera. He came to international acclaim in 2013 when he won first prize in the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition in Amsterdam. In the 2012/13 season he joined the ensemble of Augsburg Theatre, where his roles have included Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro), Leporello (Don Giovanni), Herald (Lohengrin), Giorgio Germont (La traviata), Simon Boccanegra, Escamillo (Carmen), Marcello (La bohème), Golaud and Doctor (Pelléas et Mélisande) and Animal Trainer/Athlete (Lulu). Lee’s other appearances have included Hortensius (La Fille du régiment), Marullo (Rigoletto), Le Dancaïre (Carmen), Herald (Otello) and Nazarene (Salome) for Hamburg State Opera.
Lee’s other prizes have included first prize in the Queen Sonja Competition, Oslo, second prize at the Toulouse International Singing Competition, first prize at the Beniamino Gigli International Singing Competition in Rome, third prize at the Maria Callas International Singing Competition in Athens and the special prize at the Francisco Viñas Competition, Barcelona.