Described a possessing a voice with the “power that one associates with much more mature basses” and “already uses his big, tonally opulent voice with intelligence and subtle control” (Joseph McClellan, Washington Post, Kwangkyu Lee is an imposing and authoritative singer, ideal for portraying the “stalwart” bass roles. He has also received rave reviews from the Baltimore Sun: “Lee’s arias revealed a dark, powerful voice- His word play of those wonderful coloratura passages brought out with admirable dexterity and flair.”
Notable roles include Sarastro in The Magic Flute, Ferrando in Il Trovatore, the title role in Don Pasquale, Osmin in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro, Commendatore in Don Giovanni, Betto in Gianni Schicchi, Colline in La Bohème, Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore, Gremin in Eugene Onegin, Mustafa in L’Italiana in Algeri, Frère Laurence in Romeo et Juliette, and Sparafucile in Rigoletto. Companies with whom he has appeared on stage include the Annapolis Opera, Opera in the Heights in Houston, the Opera Camerata, the Summer Opera and the Opera International at the Washington D.C., Maryland Opera Studio, the St. Barthelemy Music Festival, and the Bel Cantanti Opera.
He has presented solo recitals at The Kennedy Center in The Washington D.C. sponsored by The Korean Embassy and at Carnegie Hall in New York, Schumann’s Dichterliebe at the Art Club of Washington D.C., and Schubert’s Winterreise.
He is the winner of several prizes, including the Grand Prize at the Classical Singers Auditions with the Audience Choice Award, Annapolis Opera Competition; the second prize at the New Jersey State Opera International Vocal Competition and the William C. Byrd Young Artist Competition; third prize at the Metropolitan Opera Regional Competition, the Liederkranz Foundation Vocal Competition, The Connecticut Opera Vocal Competition, and the Altamura Caruso International Competition.
Dr. Lee earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts in voice performance at the University of Maryland at College Park, also he has appeared in the numerous productions at the Metropolitan Opera in New York as a chorister. St. Petersburg Opera Company is thrilled to have him here for this debut performance.