South Korean tenor Yonghoon Lee made his Royal Opera debut in the 2012/13 Season as Cavaradossi (Tosca) and has since returned to sing Don José (Carmen) and Turiddu (Cavalleria rusticana) for the Company. In the 2019/20 Season he reprises the role of Turiddu.
Lee studied at the Seoul National University and at Mannes College, The New School for Music, New York. After performing widely in South Korea he made his international debut in 2007 as the title role in Don Carlo at the Teatro Municipal in Santiago. His current repertory also includes Radames (Aida), Luigi (Il tabarro), Manrico (Il trovatore), Don Alvaro (La forza del destino), Don José, Cavaradossi, Turiddu, Andrea Chénier, Calaf (Turandot), and Pollione (Norma). He has performed for such opera houses as the Metropolitan Opera, New York, La Scala, Milan, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bavarian State Opera, Semperoper Dresden, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Vienna State Opera, Paris Opéra, Opera Australia, Washington National Opera and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. He has toured with the Mariinsky Opera and Gergiev to Japan.
Lee’s numerous awards include first prize at the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation International Vocal Competition. He is a professor in the department of classical vocal music at Seoul National University.