Kwang Kyu Lee, Bass-Baritone “His voice seems ready for significant operatic career-Has a vocal power that one associates with much more mature basses.”, “Rose impressively to this challenge and displayed a voice that seems destined for a major career-already uses his big, tonally opulent voice with intelligence and subtle control”. The Washington Post by Joseph McClellan. Dr. Lee’s performances have received rave reviews from the Baltimore Sun and the Washington Post which include “He had bel canto quality voices throughout and sang his heart out —– gave a honeyed quality —–” The Washington Post and ” Lee’s arias revealed a dark, powerful voice- His word play of those wonderful coloratura passages brought out with admirable dexterity and flair. Bravo!” The Baltimore Sun.
Dr. Lee’s Major roles include Sarastro in The Magic Flute, Ferrando in Il Trovatore, the title role of Don Pasquale and Raimondo, 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, Sacristan and Scarfia in Tosca, Choufleuri in M. Choufleuri, Prince Gremin in Eugene Onegin, Mustafa in Litaliana in Algeri, Frère Laurance in Romeo et Juliette, Motano in Otello, and Sparafucile in Rigolleto with 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, the Belcantanti Opera etc. He has also appeared in several oratorios and masses as a bass soloist with several Companies: Hayden’s Creation, Handel’s Messiah, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Dvorák’s Stabat mater with the Fairfax Choral Society; Bach’s Magnificant with the University of Maryland Chorus and Cantata, BWV 4, with The Bach Choral Society; Mozart’s Requiem with American University Choir; Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennele with the University of Maryland Chamber Choir; Saint-Saëns’ The Christmas Oratorio with The Frederic Choral Society; and several recitals including solo concert at The Kennedy Center in The Washington D.C. sponsored by The Korean Embassy and Carnegie Hall in New York, Schumann’s Dichterliebe at the Art Club of Washington D.C., and Schubert’s Winterreise. Dr. Lee won the Grand Prize at the Classical Singers Audcomps with the Audience Choice Award and the Annapolis Opera Competition; the second prize at the New Jersey State Opera International Vocal Competition and the William C. Byrd Young Artist Competition; and the third prize at the Metropolitan Opera Regional Competition, the Liederkranz Foundation Vocal Competition, and The Connecticut Opera Vocal Competition. He has appeared in several productions at the Metropolitan Opera as a chorister since 2008. Currently, Dr. Lee achieved his doctorate of Musical Arts in voice performance at the University of Maryland at College Park.