Biography

Through his compelling performances with leading opera houses and orchestras around the world, Ho-Yoon Chung has firmly established himself as a unique and promising singer of his time.

Future engagements include Duca/RIgoletto at Teatro Petruzelli di Bari, Werther in Tel Aviv and Alfredo/La Traviata at Royal Opera House Covent Garden and at Opera Australia, where he will also perform Rodolfo/La Bohéme and Riccardo Percy/Anna Bolena.

Recent engagements in 2016/2017 include Riccardo/Un Ballo in Maschera at Theater Chemnitz, Edgardo/Lucia di Lammermoor at Tearo Comunale Bologna, Rodolfo/La Bohéme at Teatro Verdi TriesteDuca/Rigoletto at Greek National Opera,  Nemorino/L'Elissir d'Amore at Deutsche Oper Berlin, Duca/Rigoletto at Teatro Real de Madrid, Chevalier Des Grieux/Manon at Lithuanian National Opera in Vilnius, Verdi's Messa de Requiem in St. Helena, in Erkelenz and Lyon, Alfredo/La traviata at Opera Australia and Rodolfo/La Bohéme in Daegu, South Korea.

Engagements in 2014 and 2015 include Chevalier Des Grieux/Manon at Wiener Staatsoper, Alfredo/La Traviata with Daniel Oren at Tel Aviv Opera at Outdoor Masada, Mozart Requiem in Korea Great Mountains Music Festival, Covering of Vittorio Grigolo as Roméo in Roméo et Juliette by Gounod in Arena di Verona, Beethoven Symphony 9 in Saarbrücken and Seoul , Verdis Requiem in Stuttgart, Wiesbaden and Berlin, Duca/Rigoletto at Teatro Luciano Pavarotti di Modena and in Trento, Rodolfo/La Bohéme at Hamburger Staatsoper, Alfredo/Traviata at Teatro Filarmonico di Verona, Duca/Rigoletto at Polish National Opera in Warsaw and Mario Cavaradossi/Tosca Outdoor in Norway with Opera Østfold and Fenton/Falstaff at Teatro Verdi di Trieste.

It was as winner of the Grand Prix at “Concours International de Chant de Verviers” in 2001 that Ho-yoon Chung first burst into the international music scene. This was followed by him being a finalist at the ‘International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition’ in Vienna and winning the “Korea National Opera Competition” in Seoul. That same year he had his debut at the Seoul Arts Center Concert Hall as partner tenor to Sumi Jo swiftly followed by his Japan debut at the Tokyo City Opera Hall in 2003.

Ho-yoon Chung made his European debut in 2003. As member of the Internationale Opernstudio der Hamburgischen Staatsoper between 2003 and 2006 the young tenor made his debut at the Hamburg State Opera as Alfredo in La Traviata and further sang roles as Fenton, Il Duca di Mantova, Le Chevalier in Dialogues des Carmélites, Beppe, Steuermann and Ismaele among others.

In 2006 he came to Vienna and made his debut at the Vienna Staatsoper as Il Duca di Mantua in Rigoletto further singing roles such as Cassio, Alfredo, Sänger in Der Rosenkavalier, Steuermann, and Romeo.

In the 2007/08 season Ho-yoon Chung sang roles as Rodolfo at Vienna Staatsoper and at the Seoul Arts Center Opera House, as Fenton at the Hamburg State Opera, as Edgardo at Seoul Arts Center Opera House, and as Cassio and Italian Singer in Rosenkavalier. Further he had his role debut as Nemorino, and as Des Grieux in Manon, as Narraboth, Alfredo and Beppe in Pagliacci at the Vienna Staatsoper and at the big concert tour with soprano ‘Sumi Jo’ in Korea in December 2007. 

Highlights in season 2008/09 were his debut as Leopold in La Juive with Soile Isokoski and Neil Shicoff at Vienna Staatsoper, Alfredo in Traviata, Italian Singer in Rosenkavalier at the Hamburg State Opera. In 2009 he had his debut as Riccardo in Un Ballo in maschera at the Theater Bern and his debut at Semperoper Dresden as Rodolfo in La Boheme.

In season 2009/10 he had his debut at ‘Den Norske Opera’ as Dick Johnson in La fanciulla del West and the tenor part in Verdi Requiem, as well as singing in new productions of La Boheme at Stadttheater Bern. Further he performed in L’Elisir d’Amore, in Lucia di Lammermoor at Seoul Arts Center Opera House” and in La Traviata at the Hamburg State Opera, as Leopold in La Juive and as Italian Singer in Capriccio at the Vienna Staatsoper.

In the course of season 2010/2011 Ho-Yoon Chung had a string of successful performances in the Vienna Staatsoper as Italian Singer in Rosenkavalier, Tamino in Zauberflöte, and as Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore. Further he had his debut at the ‘Alto Musiktheater Essen’ as Nemorino as well as engagements at the Gala Concert at Hamburg State Opera and Seoul Arts Center Opera House. In Riga he appeared at the Concert Opera with the Latvian National Symphonic Orchestra (LNSO) as Rodolfo in La boheme. 6–7. July 2011, Ho-Yoon Chung performed at the Open Air Concert “Elina Garanca and Friends” in Göttweig and Linz.

In season 2011/2012 he sang as Fenton, Ismaele, and as Italian Singer at the Vienna Staatsoper. At Stadttheater Bern he performed at the premiere of Lucia di Lammermoor. In April Ho-yoon Chung had an Opera Gala Concert in Frankfurt and Saarbrücken together with the Rundfunkorchester Saarbrücken. In July he returned to the Open Air Concert “Elina Garanca and Friends” in Göttweig and Linz.

In season 2012/2013 he made his role debut as Don Jose from Carmen at the Seoul Art Center Opera House and he also perfomed it at the Wroclaw Opera House in Poland. Back in Korea he performed his famous role as Duca di Mantova from Rigoletto and as Fenton from Falstaff at the Seoul Art Center Opera House. 
In January he made a tour with the famous opera star Elina Garanca at Musikverein in Graz, at Baden-Baden Festspielhaus and in Zagreb/Croatia. 

In season 2013/2014 Ho-Yoon Chung performed together with the Pazardzhik Symphony Orchestra, Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra and the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra in October.  In December he sang as Rodolfo from La Boheme at the Seoul Art Center Opera House.  In January 2014 he sang as solist at Korea’s most established and famous New Year’s Concert at the Seoul Art Center Concert House, where South Korea’s female president Park Geun-Hye also was present. Also in January he performed Verdi’s Requiem at the Meistersängerhalle in Nürnberg. In February He sang as Des Grieux in Manon at Vienna States opera House. In April he appeared in the same role together with the Deutsch Radio Symphonie Orchester.

Born in Seoul, South Korea he began singing from an early age in a local church choir. He continued his musical studies at the Seoul National University and the Universität der Künste in Berlin.  He had his opera debut in 1998 as Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore in Seoul.

Ho-yoon Chung is currently working with conductors such as Seiji Ozawa, Franz Welser-Moest, Karel Mark Chichon, Alain Altinoglu, Joseph Colaneri, Daniele Gatti, Adam Fischer, Peter Schneider, Renato Palumbo, Friedrich Haider, Marcus Bosch, Simone Young, Ingo Metzmacher, John Fiore, Michel Plasson, Philippe Auguin, Alfred Eschwe, Stefan Soltesz, Ion Marino, Claude Schnitzler, Julia Jones, Dan Ettinger, Bertrand de Billy, Niksa Bareza and Constantinos Carydis, Myung-Whun Chung among others.

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Hinter der Maske lebt es sich gefährlich – Verdis „Ein Maskenball“ in Chemnitz, December 2017


'Als Gustavo wirft sich Ho-Yoon Chung mit Verve und schmetterndem Tenor in die Rolle des tragischen königlichen Liebhabers.'

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