Shin: Critical Acclaim

Il Tabarro, Opera Carolina

Tenor Dongwon Shin‘s voice has just the right ring and weight to be an “ideal” Puccini tenor. His solos and duets as Luigi with Giorgetta in Il Tabarro were simply superb, with red-blodded passion soaring. He has a winning timbre and shaded his voice expressively.
William Thomas Walker, CVNC Arts Journal in NC, January 18, 2014

Il Trovatore, Montreal Opera

Replacing the scheduled tenor in the title role of Manrico at the beginning of rehearsals, Korean Dongwon Shin is the revelation in this production. His golden ringing tones, combined with an innate musicality, made Verdi’s music come alive. Most of today’s tenors would have shouted through the Di quella pira aria, but Shin effortlessly navigated Manrico’s lines. His is the most exciting local tenor performance since Salvatore Licitra’s 2004 recital.
Wah Keung Chan, Montreal Gazette, January 23, 2012

Il Trovatore, Fort Worth Opera

Shin makes his own vocal stand and powers through the orchestral sound to take control of the stage; for those few minutes, no one else matters.
John Norine Jr.,, May 22, 2011

Turandot, Fort Worth Opera

Performing “Nessun Dorma” for a tenor is a little like assaulting Everest for a mountaineer. If you want to prove your mettle, it’s a requirement, but you approach it with a certain amount of trepidation. 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.
Steve-O, West & Clear, Ft.Worth, May 25, 2008

Prince Calaf, who successfully answers the riddles and eventually wins her heart was rising-star Dongwon Shin. His voice is enormous and flows effortlessly at whatever volume he chooses, from caressing murmurs to all out heroics. As a stand-up-and-sing opera, Turandot doesn’t give many clues as to dramatic range, but vocally he’s on his way. Shin’s singing of “Nessun Dorma” is already a major achievement.
Leonard Eureka, Ft. Worth Weekly, May 28, 2008

As Calaf, the mysterious stranger who wins Turadot’s hand, tenor Dongwon Shin sang with a clear, clarion tone. After his voice soared to the familiar climax of the opera’s great aria, “Nessun Dorma” to begin Act 3, he received a sustained ovation.
Chris Shull, Ft. Worth Star Telegram, May 26, 2008

Turandot, New Zealand Opera

Korean tenor, Dongwon Shin is a superb Calaf. The character is strong minded, willful and addicted to risk, and Shin not only acts it out most convincingly, but sings quite superbly. His is a wonderfully strong, fully Italianate voice, and he brings the house down in “Nessun Dorma”.
John Button, Dominion Post, October 15, 2007

Samson et Dalila, Dayton Opera

Shin sang his first appearance in the role of Samson with power and unflagging vocal resourses. He made his character convincing through the expressive fervor and a voice that is strong and full from top to bottom. Uncharacteristically for a French opera tenor role, Samson hangs rather low in pitch, never rising above a high B flat and generally staying lower where it is more difficult to project over an orchestra. Even so, Shin was not hindered.
Eric Street, Dayton City Paper, March 7, 2007

Dongwon Shin was a vocal powerhouse. His mighty voice was handled with ease, textually aware and radiantly restrained in his acting.
Charles H. Parsons, Opera News Online, March 11, 2007