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Kwangchul Youn



Kwangchul Youn in action.
Kwangchul Youn as Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor, The Royal Opera © 2016 ROH. Photograph by Stephen Cummiskey

Korean bass Kwangchul Youn made his Royal Opera debut in 2009 as King Heinrich (Lohengrin) and has since returned to sing Raimondo Bidebent (Lucia di Lammermoor).

Youn studied at the University of Chungju, the Bulgarian National Academy of Music and the Academy of the Arts, Berlin. He graduated in 1993 and that year won Operalia. From 1993 to 2004 he was a member of Berlin State Opera. He made his Bayreuth Festival debut in 1996 as Nightwatchman (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) and has since returned to sing Daland (Der fliegende Holländer), Herrmann (Tannhäuser), King Marke (Tristan und Isolde), Fasolt (Das Rheingold), Hunding (Die Walküre) and Gurnemanz (Parsifal).

Youn’s engagements elsewhere include Gurnemanz for Vienna State Opera, Teatro Real, Madrid, and Bavarian State Opera, Jacopo Fiesco (Simon Boccanegra) for Berlin State Opera and Semperoper Dresden, King Marke and Daland for Bavarian State Opera, Herrmann and Philip II (Don Carlos) for Vienna State Opera, Ferrando (Il trovatore) for Metropolitan Opera, New York, and La Scala, Milan, Daland for Teatro Real, Rocco (Fidelio) for La Scala, Veit Pogner (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) for Berlin State Opera, Talbot (Maria Stuarda) for Metropolitan Opera and Ramfis (Aida) in concert with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He sings widely in recital and with leading orchestras, and has recorded prolifically.