South Korean tenor Sung Kyu Park made his Royal Opera debut in the 2016/17 Season as Calaf (Turandot).
Park studied at the Sahmyook University in Seoul, the International Academy of Music in Flaine, in Italy with Katia Ricciarelli and Vittorio Terranova and at the Milan Conservatory. He has performed widely around Italy in roles including Pollione (Norma), Ernani, Foresto (Attila), Radames (Aida), Turiddu (Cavalleria rusticana), Calaf and Osaka (Iris). Further engagements include Bacchus (Ariadne auf Naxos), Lohengrin, Erik (Der fliegende Holländer) and Prince (Rusalka) for Theater Kiel, Jacopo Foscari (I due Foscari) and Jason (Cherubini’s Médée) for Teatro Massimo, Palermo, Andrea Chénier for Teatro San Carlo, Naples, Theater Kiel and Korean National Opera, Werther and Enzo (La Gioconda) for Rome Opera, Cavaradossi (Tosca), Calaf and Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) at the Puccini Opera Festival, Torre del Lago, Faust (Mefistofele) and Gabriele (Simon Boccanegra) at the Seoul Arts Center and in Tokyo, Rodolfo (La bohème) for the Donizetti Opera Festival, Bergamo, and Theater Kiel, Manrico (Il trovatore) for Arena di Verona, Opéra de Lille, Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg and Théâtre de Caen and Radames and Gabriele in Tokyo.
Park’s numerous awards include first prize at the Ruggero Leoncavallo Competition, Cosenza, the Flaviano Labò Competition, Piacenza, the Riccardo Zandonai Competition, Riva del Garda, and the D’Opéra Competition, Marseille.
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Tenor replaces Alfred Kim in the role of Calaf.