Biography

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 both his Master of Opera and an Advanced Diploma in Vocal Music, Lieder and Oratorio Singing.

Recently the artist performed roles such ScarpiaGiorgio Germont, Escamillo, Tonio and Gunther.

 

Future projects include among others important debut at ROH Covent Garden London for Ping in Turandot as well as other important role debuts in Staatstheater Kassel - Scarpia in Tosca. 

In this season 2021/22 he is at the Staatstheater Kassel as Scarpia in Tosca and he will also appear in Israeli Opera Tel-Aviv as Tonio in I Pagliacci house debut.  At the Koblenz Theater he will sing as Amfortas in Parsifal and Rigoletto title role in the Ehrenbreitstein festival in Koblenz in summer 2022.

In 2020/21 season, Mr. Yoo sang Giorgio Germont in La traviata and Escamillo in Carmen

In 2019/20 season, Mr. Yoo sang Tonio in I Pagliacci, Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana and Gunther in Götterdämmerung

 

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Tonio (I Pagliacci)                                       Photo : N. Klinger

Award

In 2018/19 season, Mr. Yoo sang Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Ping in Turandot Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia and Donner in Das Rheingold.

In 2017/18 season, Mr. Yoo sang Carlo Gérard in Andrea Chénier as an opening production in this season, Marcello in La Bohème and Kurwenal in Tristan und Isolde.

In 2016/17 season, Mr. Yoo sang Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Baron Puck in Die Großherzogin von Gerolstein, Conte d'Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Mercutio in Roméo und Juliette and Ping 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.

So far he has worked with conductors such as Francesco Angelico, Patrik Ringborg, Constantin Trinks, Antony Hermus, Yoel Gamzou, Mario Hartmuth, Alexander Hannemann, Anja Bihlmaier, Mino Marani, Thomas Gabrisch, Chi-Yong Jung and Siegfried Schwab.

 

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.