MyungJoo Lee

Korean soprano MyungJoo Lee made her UK debut at London’s Royal Albert Hall as Cio Cio San(Madama Butterfly) a role she also sung in Hong-Kong and will reprise in Canada next season. She has appeared in the United States at Carnegie Hall, in Japan, China and across Europe at the Philharmonie de Paris, the Konzerthaus in Vienna and the PrinzregentenTheater in Munich. A graduate of Seoul National University under Professor He-Ion Seo, she was awarded first place in several competitions before completing her studies in Germany. Upon receiving a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service[DAAD], she studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich under Professor Fenna Kügel-Seifried, where she was awarded Konzertexamen, and attended masterclasses with Maestra Raina Kabaivanska, Professors Heinz Reeh and Norma Sharp. While completing her studies, she was engaged as a soloist of the opera ensemble at the Landestheater Linz where she sang, as a stand out member, in concert with the Bruckner Orchestra as well as a variety of roles on stage for seven seasons. In 2008, her success as Mimì (La Bohème) started an extensive collaboration with Maestro Myung-Whun Chung, who subsequently invited her to sing numerous concerts presented by the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra like the widely broadcast Commemorative Concert for the Anniversary of Korean Independence as well as Beethoven’s Ninth and Mahler’s Eighth and Second Symphonies, the latter recorded live and released on the Deutsche Grammophon label.