BBC Cardiff Singer Of The World 2017 Preview: South Korea’s Konstantin Lee To Show Off Lyric Tenor

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Some opera singers kick off their careers at a very young age, which is exactly what happened South Korean tenor Konstantin Lee. The tenor is poised to take his career to the next level as he competes in the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition this month.

Short Bio

 Lee got his start at age seven when he began singing in the children’s choir. He then went to the Seoul National University College of Music and has gone on to win a number of major competitions. He took home the top prizes at the Korea Voice Competition, the Neue Stimmen Singing Competition, the SWR Junge Opera Stars in Germany, and the Luis Sigall Competition in Chile.

Major Performances & Roles

His big debut came in “La Traviata” at the Seoul Arts Center Opera House where he took on the role of Alfredo. Since then, he has performed as Rodolfo in “La Bohème” and Nemorino in “L’Elisir d’Amore.” He has also performed with numerous orchestras around Asia and Chile and made his European debut at the Theater Freiburg as Ferrando in “Così fan tutte.”

Check out his interpretation of a very famous aria from a very famous Puccini opera.


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About the Author

David Salazar
Prior to creating OperaWire, DAVID SALAZAR, (Editor-in-Chief) worked as a reporter for Latin Post where he interviewed major opera stars including Placido Domingo, Anna Netrebko, Vittorio Grigolo, Diana Damrau and Rolando Villazon among others. His 2014 interview with opera star Kristine Opolais was cited in a New York Times Review. He also had the opportunity of interviewing numerous Oscar nominees, Golden Globe winners and film industry giants such as Guillermo del Toro, Oscar Isaac and John Leguizamo among others. David holds a Masters in Media Management from Fordham University. During his time at Fordham, he studied abroad at the Jagiellonian University in Poland. He also holds a dual bachelor’s from Hofstra University in Film Production and Journalism.

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