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Joo Won Kang

Joo Won Kang
Baritone
Joo Won Kang made his professional debut in the title role of Rigoletto with the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera (NJAVO) in October 2010. Highlights of his 2010-2011 season include winning the Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition Eastern Region in January, a recital with the Verein Opera in Zürich, and an appearance in the NJAVO Highlights Concert. He recently won first prizes in the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition and the Palm Beach Opera Vocal Competition and had his Carnegie Hall debut in the winners concert for the Gerda Lissner Foundation. He completed a Master’s degree at the Manhattan School of Music under the guidance of teacher Mark Oswald, where his credits include Eurymaque in Fauré’s Pénélope (2009) and the Count in Le nozze di Figaro (2010). Mr. Kang earned a BA (2005) from Yonsei University in South Korea, where he performed Marcello (La bohéme) and the Priest (Die Zauberflöte). Competition awards include the Career Bridges Competition (winner, 2010), NJAVO Competition (winner, 2009), Opera Index (2010), and Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation (2011). Mr. Kang spent summer 2011 in San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program.

Allen A. Smith March 23, 2012 at 10:59 pm

Joo Won Kang is a great Rigoletto: He displays an immense voice with terrifying fury in “Cortigiani” and a voice full of tender warmth in “Piangi, fanciulla.” I expect that he will become a great interpreter of the baritone repertoire.