Baritone Kihun Yoon, a native of Seoul, South Korea, is a member of LA Opera's Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program. His appearances during the 2016/17 season include Horemhab in Akhnaten and Scarpia in Tosca.
He made his LA Opera debut in 2014 as the Servant in Thais. In the same year, he also made his Los Angeles Philharmonic debut in 2014 under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel, as a soloist in Beethoven's Choral Fantasy. In 2015, he performed several roles in the U.S. premiere of Unsuk Chin's Alice in Wonderland with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In April 2015 he also performed the leading role of Figaro in Giovanni Paisiello's 1782 adaptation of The Barber of Seville, under the baton of James Conlon, with the USC Thornton School of Music Orchestra. In the 2015/16 season, his LA Opera appearances included Sharpless in Madame Butterfly and Schaunard in La Boheme.
In the summer of 2016, he was featured in the U.S. premiere of Florian Gassmann's 1769 comedy L'Opera Seria at Wolf Trap Opera, where he performed the role of Delirio, the librettist.
In the summer of 2014, he made his role debut as Escamillo in Carmen with the Aspen Opera Theater. He received both undergraduate and master’s degrees from Hanyang University. As a student, he won several major South Korean voice competitions. He has performed the title role in Rigoletto, as well as roles in Tosca, La Bohème, Don Giovanni, Das Rheingold, La Traviata and Cavalleria Rusticana. He created the leading role of Santa Claus in the Korean premiere of Roberto Molinelli’s comic opera Processo a Babbo Natale.In 2011, he performed in a New Year’s concert broadcast by KBS (Korean Broadcasting System). In addition, he has appeared in a gala concert for the National Opera of Korea and the 2012 Busan Singer Festival.
LA Opera appearances:
Servant in Thais (2014)
Hercules in Hercules vs Vampires (2015)
Ser Amantio di Nicolao in Gianni Schicchi (2015)
Sharpless in Madama Butterfly (2016)
Schaunard in La Boheme (2016)