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Ji Min Park

 

Tenor

Ji-Min Park trained at the Seoul National University, South Korea, as a student of Professor Philip Kang, and at the Vienna Conservatory, Austria, as a student of Professor Carolyn Hague. He joined the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in September 2007 where he enjoyed considerable success. Ji-Min was promoted to Principal Young Artist for the 09/10 season.

Ji-Min has won many prizes including First Prize at the 5th Klaudia Taev International Estonian Music Competition, the Vienna Staatsoper Special Prize at the International Belvedere Singing Competition in Vienna (2004), Second Prize in the 57th G B Viotti International Music Competition in Italy (2007), Second Prize at the 7th International Alexander Girardi Competition in Coburg, First Prize at the 7th International Bidu Sayao Competition in Belem, finalist in the International Francisco Viñas Competition in Barcelona (2006), and third prize at the International Singing Competition in Toulouse (2008). Ji-Min represented Korea in the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition 2009 and was chosen by Peter Katona to represent Covent Garden in the Stella Maris International Vocal Competition onboard MS EUROPAin October/November 2009, in which he was awarded European concerts.

Ji-Min made his Royal Opera debut as Third Esquire Parsifal, followed by Gastone La traviata (understudying Alfredo),Fourth Jew Salome and Scaramuccio Ariadne auf Naxos. In the 2008/9 season, Ji-Min sang Nathanael Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Pang Turandot, Kleiner Graf Die tote Stadt, First Sailor Dido and Aeneas, Coridon Acis and Galatea and Second Noble Lohengrin and understudy Rodolfo La Boheme and Gastone La Traviata at Covent Garden. For the JPYAP 2008 summer concert, he sang excerpts from Flamand (Capriccio), Basilio (Le Nozze di Figaro) and Belfiore (Il viaggio a Reims). As Jette Parker Principal during the 09/10 season, his roles included Sailor in Tristan und Isolde, Gastone in La Traviata, Rodolfo in La Boheme, Messenger in Aida and covering Carlo in Linda di Chamounix, Des Grieux in Manon, and Alfredo in La Traviata. Ji-Min joined the Royal Opera tour to Japan in the summer of 2010 where he covered Des Grieux and sang Gastone in La Traviata and Handel’s Messiah in concert conducted by Antonio Pappano.

Other engagements have included Don José Carmen, Ferrando Così fan tutte and Ernesto Don Pasquale for Opera de Baugé, Duca Rigoletto in Budapest, Rodolfo La Boheme in Seoul, a televised opera gala concert in Korea, and a celebrity gala concert with Audley Male Voice Choir. Ji-Min has given recitals at La Scala Milan, La Fenice Venezia, in Geneva, and for the Royal Opera lunchtime recital series in 2008 and 2009. He opened the Aalborg Opera Festival in Denmark in 2010 with a recital accompanied by Ingrid Surgenor.

In the 2010/11 season Ji-Min made his debut at Theatre du Capitole Toulouse as Rodolfo in La Boheme, covered Romeo in Romeo et Juliette at Covent Garden, and made his Opera Australia debut as Rodolfo in La Boheme to open the seasons in both Sydney and Melbourne. In concert he performed Beppe in Pagliacci with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daniel Harding, L’Enfance du Christ with the Brabants Orkest,Beethoven 9 with the West-East Divan Orchestra conducted by Daniel Barenboim and Opera Galas with the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken in Frankfurt and Karlsruhe.

Ji-Min returned to Covent Garden to open the 11/12 season as Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi and Venditore in Il Taborro, then sangRossini’s Stabat Mater with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin and made his debut at the New National Theatre Tokyo as Rodolfo in La Boheme. Engagements in 2012 and beyond include Iopas in a new production of Les Troyens conducted by Antonio Pappano at Covent Garden, Alfredo in La Traviata and Ernesto in Don Pasquale for Opera Australia, Alfredo in La Traviata for his debut at La Fenice and Gerard in Lakme at the Teatro Municipal de Santiago in Chile.

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