Born in Seoul, South Korea, Ho-Yoon Chung 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 made his opera debut in 1998 as Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore in Seoul. Winning the Grand Prix at Concours International de Chant de Verviers in 2001 opened the doors to the international music career for him. He then reached the finals of the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in Vienna and won the Korea National Opera Competition in Seoul. The same year he made his debut at the Seoul Arts Center as partner tenor to Sumi Jo, which was swiftly followed by his Japanese debut at the Tokyo City Opera Hall in 2003.
In 2003 Ho-Yoon Chung also made his European debut as a member of the Opernstudio Hamburg, singing Alfredo in La Traviata at the Hamburg State Opera, followed by the roles of Fenton, Duke of Mantua (Rigoletto), Le Chevalier (Dialogues des Carmélites), Beppe, Steuermann, and Ismaele, among others. In 2006 he came to Vienna and made his debut at the Vienna Staatsoper as Duke in Rigoletto. In the Austrian capital he then sang Cassio, Alfredo, Sänger (Der Rosenkavalier), Steuermann, and Romeo .
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 Trieste, Duca (Rigoletto) at the Greek National Opera, Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore) at Deutsche Oper Berlin, Duke (Rigoletto) at Teatro Real de Madrid, Chevalier Des Grieux (Manon) at the Lithuanian National Opera in Vilnius, Verdi’s Messa de Requiem in St. Helena, Erkelenz and Lyon, Alfredo (La Traviata) at Opera Australia, and Rodolfo (La Bohème) in Daegu, South Korea.
(photo by Cho Moonsang)