Since his debut as Don Carlo in Santiago, Chile in June of 2007, Korean born Yonghoon Lee has established himself internationally as a leading lirico-spinto tenor. In the 2010/2011 season he made four international debuts, at the Metropolitan Opera in the title role of the new production of Don Carlos, at the Teatro alla Scala as Turridu in Cavalleria rusticana, and at both the Vienna State Opera and the Semper Oper in Dresden as Cavaradossi in Tosca. He had already made his debuts in Munich in Don Carlo, in Berlin as Don José in Carmen, Hamburg in Tosca and at the Glyndebourne festival as Macduff in Macbeth the season prior. In May 2011 Lee returned to the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma as Arrigo in Verdi’s rarely performed La Battaglia di Legnano. He also sang Don Carlos on the Metropolitan Opera’s tour of Japan in June of 2011, as well as returned to the Deutsche Oper Berlin for Carmen. Lee returned to the Metropolitan Opera in the fall of 2011 as Ismaele in Nabucco. In January of 2012 he made his debut at the Teatro Comunale in Bologna in his first appearances as Calaf in Turandot. In April of 2012 Lee sang the original 1867 French version of Don Carlos at the Vienna State Opera. He subsequently made his French stage debut at the Opera de Lyon in Olivier Py’s new production of Carmen.
Yonghoon Lee began the 2012/2013 season with Carmen at the Metropolitan Opera after which he returned to Munich as Calaf. His debuts this season included his first appearance at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in Tosca, at the Zurich Opera in Carmen, and he will also debut at the Australian Opera in Tosca. Lee was also heard at the Hamburg State Opera in the French Version of Don Carlos, which he will perform again at the Vienna State Opera. He will sing his first Manrico in Il Trovatore in a new production in the Wiener Festwochen at the Theater an der Wien. Future projects include his debut as Andrea Chénier in Zurich, Il Trovatore at the Chicago Lyric Opera, a new production of La Battaglia di Legnano in Hamburg, as well as several productions at the Metropolitan Opera.
Following the production of Don Carlo in Santiago, Yonghoon Lee made his German debut at the Frankfurt Opera in September of 2007 in a new production of the same work. This was followed in December of 2007 by his Spanish debut, also in Don Carlo, at the Palau de las Artes in Valencia under Lorin Maazel. He made his Italian debut in January 2008 at the Rome Opera as Cavaradossi in a new production of Tosca directed by Franco Zeffirelli and conducted by Gianluigi Gelmetti, and subsequently made his debut in Athens in Tosca as well. He also appeared with the Opera de la Wallonie in Liege in Don Carlos and Tosca and made his debut in the United Kingdom as Don José with the Glyndebourne Touring Company. In November 2008, Yonghoon Lee made his debut at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa as Rodolfo in La bohème under Daniel Oren. He subsequently returned to Frankfurt for a revival of Don Carlo and as Rodolfo in La bohème, and made his Deutsche Oper Berlin in Tosca opposite Violeta Urmana. In June of 2009 Lee made his highly acclaimed Netherlands Opera debut as Don Jose in a new production of Carmen directed by Robert Carsen and conducted by Marc Albrecht.
A native of South Korea,Yonghoon Lee began his musical studies there where he sang several roles such as Alfredo in La Traviata, Luigi in Il tabarro, Rodolfo in La bohème, Cavaradossi in Tosca, Ruggero in La rondine, and Don José in Carmen. He has won numerous vocal competitions and is a first prize winner of the 34th annual Loren L. Zachary Society National vocal Competition 2006, first prize winner of the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation International Vocal Competition 2005 and many others. Yonghoon Lee received a full scholarship to both the Seoul National University in Korea and to the Mannes College of Music in New York where he continued his vocal and musical studies with Professor Arthur Levy.