Biography

Korean Baritone Dong-Hwan Lee is a member of the ensemble at the Deutsche Oper Berlin since season 2015/16 where he performed among other productions like Escamillo/Carmen, Germont/La Traviata, Sharpless/Mafama Butterfly, Ping/ Turandot, Heerrufer/Lohegrin, Cecil/Maria Stuarda, Don Alvaro/Il Viaggio A Reims.

Recently Dong-Hwan Lee has performed Conte di Luna/Il Trovatore at Opera Østfold as well as Ping/Turandot, Escamillo/Carmen, Andrej Schtschelkalow in Boris Godunov at Deutsche Oper Berlin.

Future engagements include Mandarin/Turandot at Oesternfestspiele Salzburg w. C. Thielemann, Simon/Simon BoccanegraSharpless/Madama ButterflyGermont/La TraviataMathieu/Andrea Chenier at Deutsche Oper Berlin, Vater/Hänsel und Gretel at Seoul Arts Center, Opera 1945 at Daegu Opera House, Conte di Luna/Il Trovatore at Seongsan Art Hall.

He joined the International Opera Studio at the Staatsoper Hamburg from 2009 to 2011, then he also made his debut at Theater Augsburg from 2011 to 2015 with the roles of Germont (La Traviata), Simon (Simon Boccanegra), Escamillo (Carmen), Marcello (La Boheme), Golaud (Pelléas et Mélisande), Tierbändiger (Lulu) ,Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro), Leporello (Don Giovanni), Vater (Hänsel und Gretel), Heerrufer (Lohengrin), Altgeselle (Jenufa)

In the 2014/15 season, Mr. Lee sang the role of Monterone in Rigoletto at the Royal Opera House(Covent Garden). Additionally this season, he performed the role of Le Comte Monterone in Rigoletto at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulose.

Dong-Hwan Lee has been awarded prizes in various international competitions, such as the First Prize at the 32nd International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in Amsterdam 2013, First Prize at the Queen Sonja competition (Oslo), 2nd Prize at the Toulouse International Singing competition (Toulouse), Special Prize at the Francisco Vinas competition (Barcelona), First Prize at the Beniamino Gigli International Singing Competition (Rome) and Third Prize at the Maria Callas International Singing competition (Athens).


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In a hotly contested final, Korean baritone Dong-Hwan Lee took the laurels to win first prize in this year’s International Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition.

Lee’s winning performance was a full-blooded rendition of the Toreador’s Song from Carmen, sung with substance as well as gusto. The tall, burly singer still needs to polish up his rather awkward stage presence, but the judges recognised his potential to become a major player as a dramatic baritone with a voice that is built on a solid bass register. Lee receives engagements at the Royal OperaHouse, London and Cape Town Opera as part of the first prize, which is awarded in memory of soprano Teresa Stich-Randall.

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