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Sung Eun Lee – tenor

Sung Eun Lee, tenor, a native of South Korea, is quickly emerging as one of the most sought after young tenors with a phenomenal voice and strong dramatic stage presence and vivid portrayal of characters in opera and on the concert stage. The New York Times quoted him as “He zipped through it with all the panache of the proverbial deer caught in the headlights” for his performance at Marcello ‘Giordani’s master class at Manhattan School of Music. The Korean Daily NY also quoted him as “A tenor of next generation Pavarotti”.

Mr. Lee’s operatic experiences include his house and role debut as Idomeneo in Idomeneo by Mozart with Korean National Opera, under the baton of Maestro Myung-Whun Chung at Seoul Art Center in South Korea, The headman in the world premiere of The Letter by Paul Moravec at Santa Fe Opera, Ivan in the world premiere of A bird in your ear by David Bruce at Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater, and Elvino in La sonnambula by Bellini with Teatro Sanzio (Urbino, Italy).

As a concert artist, Mr. Lee made his debut at Carnegie Hall as a soloist in 2006. Since then he has performed almost every year there with various music organizations. He also joined Osvaldo Golijov and Dawn Upshaw Workshop at Carnegie Hall, Zankel Hall as a tenor soloist. He has performed oratorios and opera gala concerts at various cities including New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Atlanta, Toronto, Urbania Italy, Brazilia, Rio de Janeiro, Manaus, and Seoul.

As a graduate of Manhattan School of Music and Bard College Conservatory of Music he performed Willson Ford in Village Singer, Sumers in L’italian in Londra, and Ivan in A bird in your ear with full scholarship for musical excellence.

Mr. Sung Eun Lee has won numerous awards and competitions, including Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Grand Final winner in 2009, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions New York district winner in 2007, Palm Beach Opera Competition Final winner in 2009, Licia Albanese Puccinin Foundation Grant Award, Carrer Bridges competition Award, Giulio Gari Foundation Award, Richard Tucker Foundation Award and The Vilcek Foundation Award from Santa Fe Opera, and The Gerda Lissner Foundation International Competition 3rd place winner.

He received his Bachelor of Music degree in classical voice from Yonsei University in Seoul and then came to U.S. for master of Music degree in classical voice from Manhattan School of Music and the other Master degree in Vocal Arts from Bard College Conservatory of Music where he studied with Patricia Misslin. He was a member of the prestigious Santa Fe Opera Apprentice program in 2008 and 2009.