World Opera…International Classics

An Evening of Opera NOT to be missed!  Performers include Soprano Yoora Lee-Hoff, Tenor Simon Kyung Lee, Bass-Baritone Willam Powers, and Pianist Anatoliy Torchinskiy

Soprano- Yoora Lee-Hoff

Soprano Yoora Lee-Hoff (Yoora Lee) was born in Seoul, South Korea and lives in Dresden, Germany. As a child she learned to play the piano and won several national prizes in South Korea. Later she started playing the violin. She studied violin in Seoul, South Korea, Berlin and Leipzig, Germany.

While she was active as a violinist, her beautiful voice was discovered and she was invited to study vocal arts – opera at the University of Music and Theatre in Leipzig, Germany. Her first professional engagement was as a soprano at the Leipzig Opera House and then ontoSaxony’s theatre Dresden-Radebeul in Germany, while she was still studying.

Ms. Lee-Hoff performed at the international music festival Palma de Mallorca/ Spain, the Luisenburg Festival Wunsiedel, Germany and the opera festival Salvador de Bahia/ Brazil.

Ms. Lee-Hoff was engaged at the Dresden State Operetta, theatre Goerlitz and Bautzen, the state opera Schwerin, the theatre Dessau, the opera house Chemnitz, the theatre Gera and others in Germany. During the “Vienna Johannn Strauss Concert Gala” tour she was singing at several major concert halls such as the Tonhalle Zurich, the Residenz Munich and the Berlin Philharmonie in Germany and Switzerland, among others.

Ms. Lee-Hoff’s concert work has taken her to concert halls in Germany, USA, Canada, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, Spain, Ukraine, Estonia, Japan, China and South Korea.

Tenor- Simon Kyung Lee

Tenor Simon K. Lee was born in Busan, South Korea, where he began his musical training. He moved to Italy where it was discovered that he had a natural affinity for the verismo style. Carlos Montané and Mtro Ubaldo Gardini gave him confidence that his voice suits Verdi and Puccini.

Mr. Lee went on to perform a recital at the first annual Festival Notte Musicali Modenesi in Italy. Mr. Lee then moved to the United States where he participated in the Sherrill Milnes Opera Program and while there worked with Sherrill Milnes and Inci Bashar.

Under the direction of world-renowned opera singers Jennifer Larmore and Giacomo Aragall, Mr. Lee continued his career to include his Carnegie Hall debut for Haydn’s Paukenmesse with the New England Symphony, Giles Corey in Crucible, Cavaradossi in Tosca, Calaf in Turandot, Rodolfo in La Bohème, Alfredo in La Traviata, Radames in Aida, Duke in Rigoletto, Manrico in Il Trovatore, Riccardo in Un Ballo in Maschera, Rodolfo in La Bohème, 3rd Jew in Salome, Luigi in Il Tabarro, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi and even a rarely heard Verdi opera the I Lombardi in his Chicago Premiere with the da Corneto Opera as Arvino.

Mr. Lee has appeared in the leading tenor roles with companies in the US, Europe as well as in Asia. Mr. Lee has performed with such companies as Singapore Lyric Opera, Busan Natoyan Opera, Opera New Hampshire, Vail Opera, Palm Desert Opera, the Gold


Oct 13 2022


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