South Korean bass Jongmin Park makes his Royal Opera debut in the 2013/14 Season as Colline (La bohème). Park has sung the role for opera companies including Hamburg State Opera and Vienna State Opera.
Born in South Korea, Park studied at the Korea National University of Arts and at the Accademia del Teatro alla Scala in Milan, where he worked with singers such as Mirella Freni and Renato Bruson, and sang roles for La Scala, Milan, including Bartolo (Le nozze di Figaro) and Doctor (Macbeth). He was a member of Hamburg State Opera 2010–13, singing roles including Masetto (Don Giovanni), Sparafucile (Rigoletto), King of Egypt (Aida), Colline and Truffaldino (Ariadne auf Naxos). He joined Vienna State Opera at the start of the 2013/14 Season.
Park has won numerous prestigious prizes in his career, including the Birgit Nilsson Prize at Operalia, the First Prize for male voice at the International Tchaikovsky Competition and the Second and Audience Prizes at the Neue Stimmen international singing competition (all 2011). He has sung in concert throughout Korea and in Italy and Russia.
Daniel Grice as Schaunard, Jongmin Park as Colline, Markus Werba as Marcello and Charles Castronovo as Rodolfo in La bohème © ROH / Catherine Ashmore
Charles Castronovo as Rodolfo, Markus Werba as Marcello, Ermonela Jaho as Mimì, Daniel Grice as Schaunard, and Jongmin Park as Colline in La bohème © ROH / Catherine Ashmore