Korean born tenor Dongwon Shin has been singing some of the dramatic operatic repertoire the last several years including Tabarro with Opera Carolina,Manrico in Dresden, the Arizona Opera, Ft. Worth Opera and Opera de Montreal, Radames at Covent Garden and at the Vienna Staatsoper to glowing reviews. He also performed the Verdi Requiem and Samson at the teatro Verdi, Trieste in this time period and debuted with San Francisco Opera as Radames. He also covered Dick Johnson in San Francisco’s Fanciulla. Other recent appearances include his signature role Calaf again with Dayton Opera and Montreal, a “thrilling” Radames in the Savonlinna Festival‘s Aida, Calaf to glowing reviews with Ft. Worth Opera: “Tenor Dongwon Shin met the challenge on Saturday. His Nessun dorma was the highlight of an incredible evening for him and for the Fort Worth Opera”. That spring he also sang Manrico in Il Trovatore with Nashville Opera after making his Italian debut as Samson in Lecce. Just prior he was Calaf in Turandot with Palm Beach Opera having just performed this role with Opera New Zealand as “a superb Calaf with a wonderfully strong, fully italianate voice, and brought the house down in Nessun Dorma”. He made his professional operatic debut in 2005 as Radames in Aida with Opera Company of Philadelphia. In 2007 he made a dramatic debut with Opera Australia as Calaf in Turandot, arriving the day before the opening and receiving both public and critical acclaim-and has been reengaged to return in 2009.
Mr. Shin has also sung with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Christoph Eschenbach in the Gala Concert celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Academy of Music. He first sang Calaf in Turandot with Santa Fe Opera in 2005 and subsequently sang it at the Thessaloniki Concert Hall Association.
Other significant engagements have included Radames in Aida with Houston Grand Opera under Carlo Rizzi, the title role in Samson et Dalila with Dayton Opera, Canio in Pagliacci with Opera Delaware, Pollione in Norma with Michigan Opera Theatre, and the Verdi Requiem with the Delaware Symphony.
Mr. Shin distinguished himself early in many competitions including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (National Finalist), Loren Zachary, Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation Competition, Caruso-Altamura International Competition, Maria Anderson Competition, Giargiari Competition (1st & Audience Favorite). A 2005 graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, he sang the title role in Puccini’s Edgar and Gennaro in Lucrezia Borgia. Before attending AVA, he received a BM in Music from Seoul National University and attended Indiana U.
Last year, he appeared as a guest artist at the 20th Anniversary Sergio Franchi Gala. In 2016 he performs Cavaradossi and has concerts in Seoul and throughout Korea. He returned to the U.S. in 2017-18 as Radames in Knoxville Opera’s new Aida. New roles coming up include Don Jose in Carmen. Next season he performs Canio in Korea and continues to concertize.