Korean tenor Ho-Yoon Chung makes his Royal Opera debut in the 2019/20 Season singing Alfredo Germont (La traviata).
Chung was born in Seoul and studied singing at the Seoul National University and Berlin’s University of the Arts. He made his professional debut in 1998 as Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore) in Seoul. He was a member of Hamburg State Opera’s International Opera Studio (2003–6). He joined Vienna State Opera in 2006 and spent several seasons as an ensemble member with the company. His more recent operatic engagements include Riccardo Percy (Anna Bolena), Rodolfo (La bohème) and Alfredo Germont for Opera Australia, Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore) for Deutsche Oper Berlin, Gustavo (Un ballo in maschera) in Chemnitz, Duke of Mantua (Rigoletto) for Polish National Opera, Greek National Opera, Teatro Real, Madrid and Korean National Opera, Werther for Israeli Opera, Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor) for Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Des Grieux (Manon) for the Lithuanian National Opera and Vienna State Opera and Rodolfo for Teatro Verdi, Trieste.
Chung’s competition successes including winning the Korean National Opera Competition in Seoul. His concert appearances include Beethoven’s Symphony no.9 in Saarbrücken, Verdi’s Requiem in Stuttgart, Wiesbaden, Berlin, St Helena and Lyons, Mozart’s Requiem for Korea’s Great Mountains Music Festival and a concert with the Odense Symphony Orchestra.