Bass-baritone Samuel Youn received his first vocal training in his hometown Seoul, and then completed his studies at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milan and at the Conservatory of Cologne. He started his singing career in 1999 at the Cologne Opera where he has established himself quickly as a leading dramatic bass baritone of his generation in roles like Amonasro/Aida, Tonio/Pagliacci, Kurwenal/Tristan, Gunter/Götterdämmerung, Kaspar/Freischütz, Pizzaro/Fidelio, and the title role in Wagner`s The Flying Dutchman. Apart from his commitment at the Cologne Opera, he has also been invited on many international stages, among which the Theatre du Capitole de Toulouse, Teatro Real de Madrid, Bayreuth Festival, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Hamburg State Opera, Opéra de Paris, Scala di Milano, Teatro Massimo di Palermo, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Opéra Nice Côte d’Azur, Teatro Sao Carlo in Lisbon, Teatro di San Carlo in Napoli and Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona.
In 2012, Youn had his international breakthrough singing the title role in the The Flying Dutchman under the baton of Christian Thielemann at the Bayreuth Festival. He was invited back for the 2013 to 2015 editions of the Festival to perform this role.
He worked with conductors such as Marc Albrecht, Pierre Boulez, Riccardo Chailly, Andris Nelsons, Zubin Mehta, Donald Runnicles, Markus Stenz and Pinchas Steinberg, among others.
2015 had him return to the Bayreuth Festival and the Deutsche Oper Berlin for various productions, as well as debuting at the Theater an der Wien in the title role of Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman and with the Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Highlights of the recent past include the roles of Paolo Albiani/Simon Boccanegra at the Opera Nice Côte d’Azur and in Oman, Donner/Das Rheingold at the Opéra National de Paris, Méphisto/Damnation de Faust at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Orest/Elektra, Wotan//Wanderer/Der Ring an 1 Abend, and Scarpia/Tosca at Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden - the latter Youn performed at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden as well, where he also performed the roles of Creon/Oedipe and Raimondo Bidebent/Lucia di Lammermoor - as well as Gunther/Götterdämmerung at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona.

Most recently, Youn performed the roles of Alberich/Rheingold at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Wotan/Siegfried as well as Dutchman/The Flying Dutchman at Deutsche Oper Berlin, Dutchman at Teatro Real de Madrid and Don Pizarro/Fidelio at Opera Cologne, where he also sang the title role in Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle to much acclaim.

In the season 2017/18, Youn sang the role of Don Fernando in a concertante performance of Fidelio at Teatro di San Carlo Napoli under the baton of Zubin Mehta as well as made his debut as Hagen in the Ring production at Theater an der Wien. In addition, he performed the roles of Jochanaan/Salome and Scarpia/Tosca at Deutsche Oper Berlin, as well as Jago/Otello at Semperoper Dresden.

Future projects include his role debut as King Henry/Lohengrin at the Opéra de Marseille, Rheingold/Alberich in Seoul, Tosca/Scarpia at Teatro di San Carlo, a concertante performance of Götterdämmerung/Alberich in Edinburgh, Tristan/Kurwenal at Deutsche Oper Berlin, Siegfried/Alberich at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Rheingold/Alberich at Teatro Real de Madrid.

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Repertoire Concert

Beethoven Symphony no. 9
Mahler Symphony no. 8
Rossini Stabat Mater
Schubert Mass No. 5 in A flat major
Szymanowski Stabat Mater op. 53
Verdi Requiem

Repertoire Opera

Bartók Bluebeard's Castle Bluebeard
Beethoven Fidelio Don Fernando
    Don Pizarro
Bellini Norma Oroveso
Berg Lulu Dr. Schön
Berlioz La damnation de Faust Méphisophélès
Bizet Carmen Escamillo
Britten Billy Budd John Claggart
    Mr. Redburn
d'Albert Tiefland Sebastiano
Donizetti Lucia di Lammermoor Raimondo Bidebent
Dvorak Rusalka Wassermann
Enescu Oedipe Créon
Gounod Faust Méphisophélès
Humperdinck Hansel and Gretel Peter
Janacek The Cunning Little Vixen Háraschta
Leoncavallo Pagliacci Tonio
Mascagni Cavalleria rusticana Alfio
Mozart Die Zauberflöte Sprecher
Offenbach Les contes d’Hoffmann                Villains
Puccini Tosca Scarpia
Saint-Saëns Samson et Dalila Le grand prêtre
Strauss, R. Die Frau ohne Schatten               Barak
  Elektra Orest
  Salome Jochanaan
Verdi Aida Amonasro
  Attila Attila
  La forza del destino Don Carlos di Vagas
  Otello Jago
  Simon Boccanegra Paolo Albiani
Wagner Das Rheingold Alberich
  Der fliegende Holländer Holländer
  Die Meistersinger v. Nürnberg Hans Sachs
  Götterdämmerung Gunther
  Lohengrin Heerrufer des Königs
  Parsifal Amfortas
  Siegfried Wanderer
  Tannhäuser Biterolf
    Reinmar von Zweter
  Tristan und Isolde Kurwenal
Weber Der Freischütz Kaspar


From the depths of the sea on to the great stage: Debut as Water Goblin/Rusalka in Cologne
Following the completion of his personal Ring as highly acclaimed Alberich in Das Rheingold ("the highlight of the evening", at the Teatro Real de Madrid, Samuel Youn will embody the Water Goblin in Nadja Loschky‘s new production of Rusalka at the Opera Cologne for the first time. The premiere takes place on the 10th of March under the baton of Christoph Gedschold.
Further performance dates: March 13/16/22/24/28/30; April 03/05/07


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Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Orquesta y Coro RTVE in Madrid
(Solo at 01'20'14):

Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 under Myung-Whun Chung at Chorégie d'Orange
(Solo at 00'49'50): 

Siegfried/Alberich at the Lyric Opera of Chicago: 

Der fliegende Holländer/Holländer  "Die Frist ist um". Concert in Seoul:  


Rusalka / Oper Köln / 13.03.19 /

"mit donnerndem, alles behrrschendem Bariton" 

Das Rheingold / Teatro Real de Madrid / 22.01.19 /

"was arguably the highlight of the evening" 

Das Rheingold / Teatro Real de Madrid / 19.01.19 /

"flawless both vocally and dramatically" 

Siegfried / Lyric Opera of Chicago / 28.11.18 /

"displaying masterful control and volume" 

Siegfried / Lyric Opera of Chicago / 05.11.18 /

"brought huge bass tone and scary intensity to the begetter of the Ring" 

Hagen (Ringtrilogie) / Theater an der Wien / 07.12.17 /

"Großartig gerät Hagens Wacht in der Gibichungenhalle" 

Hagen (Ringtrilogie) / Theater an der Wien / 04.12.17 /

"Samuel Youn als starker Hagen" 

Hagen (Ringtrilogie) / Theater an der Wien / 02.12.17 /

"der einzige echte Kerl mit Hirn" 

Das Rheingold / Civic Opera House Chicago / 03.10.16 /

"powerful American and role debuts" 

Tosca / Oper Köln / 26.06.16 /

 "Er zieht stimmlich alle Register" 

Oedipe / Royal Opera House Covent Garden / 26.05.16 /

 "Samuel Youn is splendid" 

Tosca / Royal Opera House Covent Garden / 09.01.16 / 

"Youn's Scarpia dominated the stage" 

La damnation de Faust / Oper Köln / 07.12.14 /

 "so liebt das Publikum den Teufel" 
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