Tenor Yosep Kang has recently won acclaim in important theatres throughout Europe. He made his Vienna State Opera debut in 2014 as Rodolfo in La Boheme opposite Angela Gheorghiu and has returned there in the title role of Offenbach’s Les Contes D’Hoffmann in May of 2014. He has been heard at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich as the Duke in Rigoletto, the Italian Singer in Der Rosenkavalier and most recently in January 2015 as Arnold in Rossini’s Guillaume Tell. Kang added this role to his repertoire in September of 2014 in a new production of the work at the Oper Graz. Other recent appearances include La Boheme and Der Rosenkavalier at the SemperOper in Dresden, Rigoletto at Oper Leipzig, Tebaldo in Bellini’s I Capuleti ed I Montecchi in concert at the Festspielaus Baden Baden, as well as for his debut at the Opera de Geneve.
In February 2015 Kang made his Italian operatic debut in Rigoletto at the Rome Opera. He subsequently made his debut at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein as Alfredo in La Traviata. He also returned to Dresden for concerts of Rossini’s Stabat Mater under Myung Whun Chung and in La Bohème. Kang made his Netherlands Opera Debut in April of 2018 as Macduff in Macbeth. In the 2015/2016 season Kang will star in the Hamburg State Opera’s new production of Guillaume Tell. He will return to the Bavarian State Opera in Rigoletto and will make his debut with the Australian Opera in Sydney in La Boheme. The artist will also appear as the Italian tenor in the Netherlands Opera’s production of Der Rosenkavalier, at the SemperOper in La Traviata and at the Deutsche Oper Berlin in Lucia di Lammermoor.
Yosep Kang has had an especially close relationship with the Deutsche Oper Berlin since 2002 when he joined the theatre’s ensemble. He has been heard there in a large number of roles including the Duke in Rigoletto, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Rodolfo in La Bohème, Fenton in Falstaff, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Alfredo in La Traviata, Macduff in Macbeth, Rodolfo in La Boheme. Now a guest artist this season he appears at the Deutsche Oper in La Boheme, La Traviata and in the title role of Berlioz’s Damnation de Faust .
Yosep Kang studied singing in Seoul, Salzburg and Berlin. After winning several prestigious international competitions such as the G.B. Viotti, Vercelli (2000), the Belvedere Singing Competition, Vienna (2001), the Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Competition, Salzburg (2002), he began his association with the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Kang was soon invited to appear in other leading theatres throughout Germany appearing as Almavia in Il Barbiere di Siviglia in Stuttgart, in Essen, Hannover, Cologne, Wiesbaden, as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor in Hannover and Wiesbaden, as Alfredo at the Komisiche Oper Berlin and in many other theatres.
Yosep Kang has sung in concert with some of the most prestigious institutions, such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Musikverein Wien, the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Gewandhaus Leipzig, the Kreuzkirche Dresden, the Prinzregententheater and Herkulessaal in Munich, the Musikfestspielen Mecklenburg, the NHK-Hall Tokyo under the direction of such people as Yves Abel, Rolf Reuter, Christian Thielemann, Myung-Whun Chung, Lothar Zagrosek, Eliji Oue, Jesus Lopez Cobos, Helmut Rilling, and Enoch zu Guttenberg.
Other operatic roles in his developing repertoire include Arturo in I Puritani Romeo in Romeo et Juliette, Des Grieux in Massenet’s Manon, and Riccardo in Un Ballo in Maschera.