Ho-Yoon Chung


Portrait photo of Ho-Yoo Chung
Ho-Yoon Chung is a Lyric tenor of true quality with beautiful voice, great sense of expression and touching stage presence.

Recently the artist has performed Alfredo/La Traviata at Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Chevalier Des Grieux/Manon and Werther in Tel Aviv, Duke of Mantua/Rigoletto at Teatr Wielki in Warsaw, and at Teatro Petruzelli di Bari, Alfredo/La Traviata, and Rodolfo/La Bohéme at Opera Australia, Rodolfo/La Bohème at Korea National Opera, Gustavo/Ein Maskenball and Riccardo/Un Ballo in Maschera at Theater Chemnitz, Cavaradossi/Tosca with Taiwan Philharmonic as well as a concert with Odense Symphony Orchestra.
Most recent and future highlights include (among others): Prince/Rusalka at Opéra-Théâtre de Metz Métropole;
Rodolfo/La Bohème in Taichung;
 Edgardo/Lucia di Lammermoor at Teatre Palma de Mallorca; 
a Gala Concert with Karel Mark Chichon and Orquestra Filarmonica de Gran Canaria; Duke of Mantua/Rigoletto and Alfredo/La Traviata at Teatr Wielki in Warsaw.

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 had his opera debut in 1998 as Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore in Seoul. 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.

Engagements in 2016/2017 include Edgardo/Lucia di Lammermoor at Tearo Comunale Bologna, RodolfoL/a Bohéme at Teatro Verdi Trieste, Duca/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’s Requiem in Korea Great Mountains Music Festival, Covering of Vittorio Grigolo as Roméo in Roméo et Juliette by Gounod in Arena di Verona, Beethoven’s Symphony 9 in Saarbrücken and Seoul , Verdi’s Requiem in Stuttgart, Wiesbaden and Berlin, Duca/Rigoletto at Teatro Luciano Pavarotti di Modena and in Trento, Rodolfo/La Bohéme at Hamburger Staatsoper, Alfredo/La Traviata at Teatro Filarmonico di Verona, Duca/Rigoletto at Polish National Opera in Warsaw, Mario CavaradossiT/osca Outdoor in Norway with Opera Østfold and Fenton/Falstaff at Teatro Verdi di Trieste.

Ho-Yoon Chung is 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.

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.

(photo by Cho Moonsang)