Korean bass-baritone Samuel Youn has established himself as one of his generation’s most prominent Wagnerians. A firm favorite at the Bayreuth Festival, he appeared there most recently in 2015 as the Herald in Lohengrin and his highly-praised portrayal of the Dutchman in Der fliegende Hollander. He reprises the latter role this season at both the Teatro Real de Madrid and the Deutsche Oper Berlin, where he will also appear as the Wanderer in Siegfried.
Following studies in Seoul, Milan, and Cologne, Youn won numerous important international competitions in Europe. He then made his professional debut as Méphistophélès in Faust in Treviso and Rovigo and made his first appearance at Bayreuth in Parsifal in 2004. While developing his Wagner repertoire, he could be heard in Der Freischütz in Hamburg, Les contes d’Hoffmann in Toulouse, Die Frau ohne Schatten in Hamburg, Florence, Milan and Munich, and Tiefland, La damnation de Faust, and Tristan und Isolde in Berlin.
Since the 1999/2000 season, the baritone has been a member of the Cologne Opera, where he has performed an extensive repertoire of leading Italian, French, and German roles, including the title role in Attila, Escamillo in Carmen, Scarpia in Tosca, Jago in Otello, Jochanaan in Salome and Orest in Elektra, in addition to the major Wagner baritone parts. In recent seasons, guest engagements have brought Youn to the Royal Opera House – Covent Garden as Scarpia and Creon in Oedipe and to the major houses of Paris, Madrid, Vienna, Barcelona, Marseille and Seoul.