Praised for his “splended baritone voice, rich and rounded”, baritone Junhan Choi, a native of South Korea, is an active opera, oratorio and concert singer. In the 2017-2018 season, engagements included his role as Tideo in Medea in Corinto, as Roggero in Tancredi rifatto with Teatro Nuovo in the capacity of Resident Artist, as title role Don Giovanni with North End Music and Performing Arts Center, as Marcello in La Boheme, as Young man in Lucy with Boston Opera Collaborative, as Melisso in Alcina with Opera del West, as Baron de Pictordu in Cendrillon with The Cambridge Chamber Ensemble, as Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus with Harvard College Opera.
In 2017, he was awarded extraordinary prize at the 54th Viñas international voice competition in Barcelona. He received three special prizes for best performer of Oratorio-Lied, which are ‘Mercedes Viñas’, ‘Victoria de los Ángeles’, and ‘Franz Schubert’. As a first prize recipient of 2017 Talents of the World International Voice Competition, he made his Carnegie Hall debut for ‘Tribute to Dmitri Hvorostovsky’ concert as a baritone soloist. He also won first place in 2017 MetroWest Opera’s Vocal Competition, awarded in the 2017 Rochester’s Classical Idol Vocal Competition, and the 2016 St. Botolph Emerging Artist Grant for ecellence in music. He won first place and German Lieder Award in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition, Boston, in 2014.
Mr. Choi holds Master’s degree and Graduate Diploma with a Presidential Scholarship from New England Conservatory of Music.
His roles at NEC include Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Guglielmo (Cosi fan tutte), Oreste (Iphigénie en Tauride), Gianni Schicchi (Gianni Schicchi), Revírník (Příhody lišky Bystroušky), Claudio (Agrippina), Monsu Traversen (La Gazzetta), Der Tod (Der Kaiser von Atlantis), Liberto/Littore/Soldato (L'incoronazione di Poppea), Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus), Policeman (The Consul), and Thierry/Javelinot/Officer (Dialogues of the Carmelites).
He also performed the title role of Don Giovanni with the Harvard University music department in 2013.
In the capacity of Caramoor Bel Canto Opera Young Artist 2015, he appeared as the Geôlier in the Caramoor Music Festival production of Dialogues des Carmélites. In 2016, he performed as Dandini in the North End Music and Performing Arts Center Opera’s production of La Cenerentola. As a lieder singer and recitalist, Mr. Choi is an 2015-2018 season artist of Boston Art Song Society and had successful concerts. In 2016, he also made his baritone solo debut of Carmina Burana in Jordan hall and Handel’s Messiah with North End Music and Performing Arts Center. As a choral scholar and bass soloist of 2016-7 season at Boston University Marsh Chapel, he sang Handel’s Israel in Egypt and Bach Cantata BWV 7, 74, 75 and he was invited again to sing ‘Jesus’ in Bach’s St. John Passion in 2018.