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Joo Won Kang


South Korean baritone Joo Won Kang made his Metropolitan Opera debut last season as Marcello in La Bohème. He also appeared in the company’s new production of Don Carlos. He has appeared in leading roles such as Figaro in The Barber of Seville, Germont in La Traviata, Papageno in The Magic Flute, Dandini in La Cenerentola, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, the title role in Eugene Onegin and Ping in Turandot with opera companies throughout the U.S. Among them are San Francisco Opera, Seattle Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Arizona Opera, Wolf Trap Opera and Utah Opera. He sang the role of Chou En-lai in John Adams’ Nixon in China with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, with the composer conducting, and he made his New York City Opera debut as Manfredo in L’Amore dei Tre Re. At the Wexford Festival, he sang the leading baritone roles in two rare operas, Donizetti’s Maria de Rudenz and Leoni’s L’Oracolo, as well as appearing there in recital. This season, he returns to the Metropolitan Opera to cover Germont in La Traviata, a role he sings with Seattle Opera in the spring of 2024. He is a top prize winner in such important vocal competitions as the Gerda Lissner Foundation, Opera Index, McCammon Competition and Giulio Gari International Competition.