Praised for his “splendid baritone voice, rich and rounded”, baritone Junhan Choi, a native of South Korea, is an active opera and concert singer. In the 2021-2022 season, engagements included his role as Vodnik in Rusalka and The Professor in The Bedbug with Promenade Opera Project as an Artist of Artist-in-Residence, and Friedrich in Das Liebesverbot with Cambridge Chamber Ensemble. He is also performing with Boston Opera Collaborative for Aria, a film project, ‘Love in the time of…’ a commissioned song project and for the ‘Opera in the Gardens’ concerts at Elm Bank in Wellesley.
Past operatic credits include title role as Don Giovanni, the Count (Le nozze di Figaro), Dandini (La Cenerentola), Marcello (La Boheme), Escamillo (Carmen), Germont (La traviata), Belcore (L’elisir d’amore), Tideo (Medea in Corinto), Roggiero (Tancredi), Melisso (Alcina), Baron de Pictordu (Cendrillon), Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus), Geôlier (Dialogues des Carmélites), and Valdeburgo (La Straniera).
He was awarded the Gold Medal at the Berliner International Music Competition in 2018 and at the 54th Viñas International Voice Competition 2017 in Barcelona, he was the recipient of the Extraordinary Prize. During that competition, Mr. Choi was also awarded three special prizes for Best Performer of Oratorio-Lied. As a first prize recipient of 2017 Talents of the World International Voice Competition, he made his Carnegie Hall debut for ‘Tribute to Dmitri Hvorostovsky’ concert as a baritone soloist. He also won first place in 2017 MassOpera’s Vocal Competition, was awarded 4th place and audience favorite prize in the 2017 Rochester’s Classical Idol Vocal Competition, and the 2016 St. Botolph Emerging Artist Grant for excellence in music.
Mr. Choi hold a Master’s degree and a Graduate Diploma with a Presidential Scholarship from New England Conservatory of Music. His opera 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).
Concert credits include Handel’s Messiah, Israel in Egypt, Bach’s St. John Passion, BWV 7, 56, 74, 75, 80, Verdi’s Requiem, Faure’s Requiem, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Duruflé’s Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Stainer’s The Crucifixion, Wood’s St. Mark Passion and Ramirez’s Navidad Nuestra.