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Daniel Ihn-Kyu Lee



Praised by the critic Katja Casagrande of the Italian newspaper Trentino for his "enthusiasm for a terrific Germont”, the exceptional Verdi baritone Daniel Ihn-Kyu Lee is acclaimed for his rich bel canto voice, strong stage presence, and accomplished musicianship. In January 2018, he sang The Dutchman in Der Fliegende Holländer at Fondazione Petruzzelli di Bari.  In March 2018 he sang Barak in Busoni’s Turandot at Fondazione Lirico di Cagliari.  In 2017 summer, Mr. Lee covered Rigoletto, Nabucco, Sharpless at Arena di Verona.  He also joined the Metropolitan Opera roster in the 2010-11 season. 


The New York Times hailed his performance of Giordano’s Siberia with Teatro Grattacielo: “Among the leading roles, the baritone part of the villainous Gleby is particularly intriguing, Daniel Ihn-kyu Lee sang with intelligence and resonant tone.” The New York Times reviewed his appearance in L'Arlesiana with the Opera Orchestra of New York: “the award for completeness should go to another baritone, Ihn-Kyu Lee, well sung and well-conceived.” This was followed by his applauded US premier performance as Il Carpentiere in Il Piccolo Marrat with Teatro Grattacielo at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, the New York Times praised his performance as “a substantial success.” 


Mr. Lee made his successful European debut recital at Prinzregententheater in the Bell'Arte Concert Series, Munich (2007) and Süd Deutsch Zeitung acclaimed him as "The Asian Thomas Hampson, with a magnificent voice that melds profound with lyrical fluidity." Mr. Lee had a triumph performing Oreste in Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride at Novaya Opera Theater in Moscow. "Performing the role of Oreste needs a dramatic baritone and the American baritone Daniel Ihn-Kyu Lee, winner of numerous international competitions, meets the challenge with his commanding voice. His French pronunciation and his interpretation of the role are absolutely flawless." [Distinguished critic Alexy Parin, Radio Orpheus, Moscow] 


His operatic roles include the Dutchman in Der Fliegende Holländer, Wolfram in Tannhäuser, Il carpentiere in Il Piccolo Marrat, Neri in La Cena Delle Beffe, Cascart in ZaZa, Gleby in Siberia, Carlo Gerard in Andrea Chenier, Rodrigo in Don Carlo, Amonasro in Aida, Conte di Luna in Il Trovatore, Seid in Il Corsaro, Germont in La Traviata, title roles in Rigoletto and Nabucco, Don Ferrante in La Farsa Amorosa, Hutsin in L’Oracolo, Abayaldos in Dom Sebastien, Zurga in Les Pêcheurs de Perles, Sergio in La Nave, Metifio in L’Arlesiana, Silvio in Pagliacci, the title role in Gianni Schicchi, Marcello in La Boheme, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Count in Le Nozze di Figaro, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Figaro in Il Barbière di Siviglia, Peter in Hansel und Gretel.


Highlights include, Vaughan Williams' Cantata Dona Nobis Pacem with the New England Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, the United Nations 60th Anniversary Concert with the New York AAC Symphony Orchestra, Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with the New York AAC Symphony Orchestra at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, the New Year's Concert for the newly elected President of South Korea with the Korean Symphony Orchestra at Seoul Art Center with Soprano Su-Mi Jo, Silvio in Pagliacci with the Westfield Symphony Orchestra at PNC Bank Arts Center, the New Jersey State Opera’s 40th Anniversary Concert, art song recital for the private concert series of Countess Schoenborn in Vienna, Bell'Arte Concert Series in Prinzregententheater in Munich, Operngala concert in Musikverein in Vienna, Operngala concert with Mahler phiharmoniker in Schönbrunn Palace Vienna. 


Daniel Ihn-Kyu Lee has won many competitions and received numerous awards, including the Caruso International Voice Competition, the Puccini Foundation International Voice Competition, the Connecticut Opera Guild Competition, the Opera Index Competition, the San Antonio Opera Competition, and the career grants from the Olga Forrai Foundation, the Puccini Foundation and the Opera Index. 


Mr. Lee received full scholarships to The Juilliard School, where he graduated from the Professional Studies Program under Daniel Ferro. He earned his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in music from the Korean National University of Arts. He also studied in the Santa Cecilia Opera Studio in Rome and the Renata Scotto New York Academy with a Renata Scotto Scholarship.

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