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Junhan Choi

Baritone

Praised for his “splended baritone voice, rich and rounded”, Baritone Junhan Choi, a native of South Korea, was awarded extraordinary prize at the 54th Viñas international voice competition in Barcelona. He received three special prizes for best performer of Oratorio-Lied, which are ‘Mercedes Viñas’, ‘Victoria de los Ángeles’, and ‘Franz Schubert’. As a 1st prize recipient of Talents of the World First Annual Voice Competition, he made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2017. He also won 1st place in MetroWest Opera’s Vocal Competition and placed 4th with Audience Favorite prize at Rochester’s Classical Idol Vocal Competition. More recently, upcoming engagements for the 2017-2018 season include his role debut as Melisso in Handel’s Alcina with Opera del West, as Baron de Pictordu in Pauline Viardot-Garcia’s Cendrillon with The Cambridge Chamber Ensemble, as Tideo in Medea in Corinto, as Roggero in Tancredi rifatto with Teatro Nuovo, as Young man in Cipullo’s Lucy, as Marcello in Puccini’s La Boheme with Boston Opera Collaborative and as title role Don Giovanni with North End Music and Performing Arts Center. Mr. Choi began his operatic career with the title role of Puccini's Gianni Schicchi in 2009. Since then, he has also performed Belcore in L’elisir d’amore and Germont in La Traviata in Korea. Mr. Choi holds Master’s degree and Graduate Diploma with a Presidential Scholarship from New England Conservatory of Music. His roles at NEC include Papageno(Die Zauberflöte), Guglielmo(Cosi fan tutte), Oreste(Iphigénie en Tauride), Gianni Schicchi(Gianni Schicchi), Revírník(Příhody lišky Bystroušky), Claudio(Agrippina), Monsu Traversen(La Gazzetta),  Der Tod(Der Kaiser von Atlantis), Liberto/Littore/Soldato(L'incoronazione di Poppea), Eisenstein(Die Fledermaus), Policeman(The Consul), and Thierry/Javelinot/Officer(Dialogues of the Carmelites). He also performed the title role of Don Giovanni with the Harvard University music department in 2013. In the capacity of Caramoor Bel Canto Opera Young Artist 2015, he appeared as the Geôlier in the Caramoor Music Festival production of Dialogues des Carmélites. In 2016, he performed as Dandini in the North End Music and Performing Arts Center Opera’s production of La Cenerentola. As a lieder singer and recitalist, Mr. Choi is an 2015-2018 season artist of Boston Art Song Society and had successful concerts. In 2016, he also made his baritone solo debut of Carmina Burana in Jordan hall and Handel’s Messiah with North End Music and Performing Arts Center.