Praised for his “splended baritone voice, rich and rounded”, baritone Junhan Choi, a native of South Korea, is an active opera and concert singer. In the 2019-2020 season, engagements included his role as Valdeburgo(cover) in La Straniera with Teatro Nuovo in the capacity of Resident Artist, Count in Le nozze di Figaro, Patrick in The battle of bull run always makes me cry, John in Naomi in the living room with Boston Opera Collaborative and Handel’s Messiah baritone solo with Naples Philharmonic.
Past operatic credits include title role as Don Giovanni, Marcello in La Boheme, Escamillo in Carmen, Germont in La traviata, Belcore in L’elisir d’amore, Tideo in Medea in Corinto, Roggiero in Tancredi rifatto, Melisso in Alcina, Baron de Pictordu in Cendrillon, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, Geôlier in Dialogues des Carmélites and Dandini in La Cenerentola.
He was prized Gold Medal from Berliner International Music Competition in 2018 and he was awarded extraordinary prize at the 54th Viñas international voice competition 2017 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 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 MetroWest Opera’s Vocal Competition, was awarded in the 2017 Rochester’s Classical Idol Vocal Competition, and the 2016 St. Botolph Emerging Artist Grant for excellence in music. He won first place and German Lieder Award in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition, Boston, in 2014.
Mr. Choi holds Master’s degree and 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 Orff’s Carmina Burana, Handel’s Messiah, Israel in Egypt and Bach’s St. John Passion.