Yosep Kang

Yosep Kang has gained attention as a leading tenor in such European theaters as the Metropolitan Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Dutch National Opera, Rome Opera, Vienna State Opera, Semperoper Dresden, Bavarian State Opera in Munich, and Hamburg State Opera. Tony Cooper of Opera Critic described the tenor’s voice as “flowing”, “flowery”, and “expressive” in his recent portrayal of the Italian singer in Der Rosenkavalier, hailing him as “the evening star”. In the current season, Kang makes his debut at the Seattle Opera as Rodolfo in La Boheme and returns to the Deutsche Oper Berlin in Un ballo in maschera and Les Huguenots.

After winning several prestigious international competitions, such as the Gian Battista Viotti International Music Competition in Vercelli, Belvedere Singing Competition in Vienna, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Competition in Salzburg, Yosep Kang soon came under the recognition of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, where he became an ensemble member in 2003. He has since been heard there in a number of leading roles, including the Duke in Rigoletto, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Fenton in Falstaff, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Alfredo in La Traviata, Macduff in Macbeth, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Rodolfo in La Boheme, and the title role in Berlioz’s Damnation de Faust.

Kang opened the 2018/19 season with his first Gualtiero in Il Pirata in La Coruña, after which he debuted at the Paris Opera as Raoul in Les Huguenots and appeared with Opera Australia as Rodolfo. He also sang Rodolfo at the Semperoper Dresden and returned to the Korean National Opera as Arnold in Guillaume Tell. Kang returned to the Deutsche Oper Berlin in the 2017/18 season for La Bohème, Rigoletto and his debut as the title role in Don Carlos. He also made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in the title role of Les contes d’Hoffmann. Other engagements from the season included Alfredo with Opera Australia, Britten’s War Requiem with the KBS Symphony Orchestra in Seoul, South Korea, and the Duke at the Semperoper Dresden, Frankfurt Opera and Hamburg State Opera.

In the 2016/17 season, Kang returned to the Deutsche Oper Berlin in Les Huguenots, Rigoletto and Un ballo in maschera. He also appeared as the Duke at the Semperoper Dresden and Vienna State Opera and Arnold in Guillaume Tell at the Polish National Opera, Bavarian State Opera and Hamburg State Opera. In the 2015/16 season, Kang starred in the Hamburg State Opera’s new production of Guillaume Tell, returned to the Bavarian State Opera as the Duke and made his debut with Opera Australia as Rodolfo. The artist also appeared as the Italian singer in the Dutch National Opera’s production of Der Rosenkavalier, Alfredo at the Semperoper Dresden and Edgardo at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Kang’s 2014/15 season was marked by a number of important appearances and debuts. He first appeared at the Vienna State Opera as Rodolfo in La Boheme, opposite Angela Gheorghiu, and has since returned there in the title role of Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann. Kang sang the Duke at the Bavarian State Opera and Oper Leipzig, the Italian Singer in Der Rosenkavalier in Dresden, and Arnold in a new production of Guillaume Tell with Oper Graz. He also made his debut at the Opéra de Genève as Tebaldo in I Capuleti ed i Montecchi and gave his very first performance in Italy as the Duke at the Rome Opera. Kang subsequently made his debuts at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein as Alfredo and the Dutch National Opera as Macduff.

Yosep Kang has sung in concert at some of the world’s most prestigious venues, such as the Berlin Philharmonie, Musikverein Wien, Konzerthaus Berlin, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Kreuzkirche Dresden, Prinzregententheater and Herkulessaal in Munich, Musikfestspielen Mecklenburg, and NHK-Hall Tokyo. He has also performed under the baton of such conductors 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 and des Grieux in Manon.