Baritone Hansung Yoo studied classical voice at The Korean National University of Arts in Seoul, Korea. Studying under Prof. Hans Choi he received a Bachelor of Music. Mr. Yoo continued his education at Düsseldorf Robert Schumann University under Prof. Michaela Krämer and Hamburg University of Music and Theatre. Studying under Prof. Carolyn James, he received his both his Master of Opera and an Advanced Diploma in Vocal Music, Lieder and Oratorio Singing.
Recently the artist performed roles such Carlo Gerard, Marcello, Sharpless and Kurwenal.
Future projects include among others important debut at ROH Covent Garden London for Ping/Turandot as well as three other role debuts in Staatstheater Kassel - Donner/Rheingold, Sharpless/Madama Butterfly and Ping/Turandot. Other future performances include Figaro/Il barbiere di Siviglia as well as Gunther/Götterdämmerung at Staatstheater Kassel.
In 2016/17 season, Mr. Yoo sang Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Baron Puck in Die Großherzogin von Gerolstein, Graf Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Mercutio in Roméo und Juliette and Ein Mandarin in Turandot.
In 2015/16 season, Mr. Yoo sang the title role in Eugene Onegin, Leander in Prokofiev's Love of Three Oranges and Marcello in La Bohème. He was also heard as Fritz in Die tote Stadt by Korngold and as James Bondy in the operetta The Duchess of Chicago.
For the 2014/15 season Mr. Yoo was heard as Orestes in Iphigenie en Tauride and Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia.
Since the 2013/14 season, Mr. Yoo has been a member of the Ensemble at the Staatstheater Kassel, where he initially distinguished himself as Papageno in Die Zauberflöte and Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus. He also played Schaunard in La Bohème and Marullo in Rigoletto during the 2013/14 season.
Mr. Yoo’s latest competitions were the 2014 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels where he was a finalist and the prestigious International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2015, where he placed 3rd.
Mr. Yoo has won many significant competitions throughout his career. He won the 2008 International Vocal Competition in ’s-Hertogenbosch (Netherlands), as well as 5 additional awards there. Also in 2008 he was a finalist at the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig. He finished in 2nd place at the European Opera Singing Competition DEBUT in Weikersheim (Germany) in 2010, as well as winning the International Opera Singing Competition of Marmande (France) in 2011. In the same year Mr. Yoo won the International Music Competition in Cologne as well as placing 2nd and winning the Audience Prize at the 2012 ARD International Music Competition in Munich.
Tonio (I Pagliacci) Photo : N. Klinger