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Samuel Youn



Samuel Youn in action.
Samuel Youn as Créon in Oedipe, The Royal Opera © 2016 ROH. Photograph by Clive Barda

Korean bass-baritone Samuel Youn made his Royal Opera debut in 2016 as Baron Scarpia (Tosca) and has since returned to sing Créon (Oedipe).

Youn studied singing in Seoul, Milan and at the Musikhochschule in Cologne. His repertory includes Don Pizarro (Fidelio), Caspar (Der Freischütz), Méphistophélès (La Damnation de Faust), Iago (Otello), Escamillo (Carmen), the four villains (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), the title role of Der fliegende Holländer, Kurwenal (Tristan und Isolde), Wotan, Alberich and Gunther (Der Ring des Nibelungen), Klingsor and Amfortas (Parsifal), Alfio (Cavalleria rusticana), Tonio (Pagliacci), Jokanaan (Salome), Orest (Elektra) and Sebastiano (Tiefland). He has sung for companies including Teatro Real, Madrid, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Paris Opéra, Liceu, Barcelona, La Scala, Milan, Teatro Comunale, Florence, Cologne Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Bayreuth Festival and Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Youn has worked with such conductors as Pierre Boulez, Riccardo Chailly, Zubin Mehta, Andris Nelsons, Christian Thielemann, Simon Rattle and Donald Runnicles. Concert appearances include Ein deutsches Requiem in Palermo, Jokanaan at the BBC Proms and Mahler’s Symphony no.8 in Milan.