Julius Ahn

Julius Ahn

Versatile tenor Julius Ahn delights audiences around the world with his unique interpretations. Of his signature role, Goro in Madama Butterfly, critics hail “As the marriage broker Goro, tenor Julius Ahn was in his element, delivering the wickedness of his character with gusto.” Mr. Ahn performed the role in his début at San Francisco Opera and returned there to reprise it, as well as with the Canadian Opera Company, Palm Beach Opera, Vancouver Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Opera Carolina, Nashville Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas and Virginia Opera, and at the Royal Albert Hall in London. 

This past season he reprised the role of Goro in a return to the Canadian Opera Company and will perform it again next season in returns to the San Francisco Opera, Atlanta Opera, and New Orleans Opera.  In addition, he will perform Borsa in Rigoletto with the Dallas Opera, Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors with On Site Opera, Mime in Das Rheingold with Atlanta Opera, and is thrilled to be reprising the lead role of Guang in Stuck Elevator by Byron Au Yong and Aaron Jafferis for Nashville Opera.

 

Calendar

Event Date
Oct 8
to
Oct 16
Rigoletto
Borsa
Dallas Opera
Dallas, TX
Event Date
Nov 5
to
Nov 13
Madama Butterfly
Goro
Atlanta Opera
Atlanta, GA
Event Date
Dec 8
to
Dec 10
Amahl and the Night Visitors
Kaspat
On Site Opera
New York, New York
Event Date
Jan 20
to
Jan 22
Stuck Elevator
Guang
Nashville Opera
Nashville, TN
Event Date
Mar 24
to
Mar 26
Madama Butterfly
Goro
New Orleans Opera
New Orleans, LA
Event Date
Apr 29
to
May 7
Das Rheingold
Mime
The Atlanta Opera
Atlanta, GA
Event Date
Jun 3
to
Jul 1
Madama Butterfly
Goro
San Francisco Opera
San Francisco, CA

Artist Bio

Versatile tenor Julius Ahn delights audiences around the world with his unique interpretations. Of his signature role, Goro in Madama Butterfly, critics hail “As the marriage broker Goro, tenor Julius Ahn was in his element, delivering the wickedness of his character with gusto.” Mr. Ahn performed the role in his début at San Francisco Opera and returned there to reprise it, as well as with the Canadian Opera Company, Palm Beach Opera, Vancouver Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Opera Carolina, Nashville Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas and Virginia Opera, and at the Royal Albert Hall in London. 

This past season he reprised the role of Goro in a return to the Canadian Opera Company and will perform it again next season in returns to the San Francisco Opera, Atlanta Opera, and New Orleans Opera.  In addition, he will perform Borsa in Rigoletto with the Dallas Opera, Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors with On Site Opera, Mime in Das Rheingold with Atlanta Opera, and is thrilled to be reprising the lead role of Guang in Stuck Elevator by Byron Au Yong and Aaron Jafferis for Nashville Opera.

Last season, Ahn also joined Cincinnati Opera as Spoletta in Tosca, performed Gherardo in Tulsa Opera’s production of Gianni Schicchi, sang Borsa in Opera Philadelphia’s Rigoletto, and returned to the Metropolitan Opera for The Magic Flute.

In recent seasons, Mr. Ahn grabbed the attention of opera goers as he joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera for performances of The Nose, Turandot, Rigoletto and Die Fledermaus, making his main stage début as the Second Priest in Die Zauberflöte.  Ahn also performed in two productions with the Korean National Opera, Gastone in La Traviata and Nick in La fanciulla del West.  He has now performed the role of Pang in Turandot in over 10 productions including, San Francisco Opera, Vancouver Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Utah Symphony & Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Pittsburgh Opera, Atlanta Opera, Tulsa Opera, Seattle Opera and Cincinnati Opera.  

Previous engagements have also included Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte with Opera Carolina, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Michigan Opera Theatre, Opera Omaha, and the Pacific Symphony; Mark in Michael Tippett’s The Midsummer Marriage with Boston Modern Orchestra Project at Jordan Hall; and Basilio and Curzio in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro with Lyric Opera Baltimore; Bardolfo in Falstaff with Opera Omaha; and Antenore in a concert version of Zelmira with Washington Concert Opera.

Ahn was cast in the lead role of Guang in Stuck Elevator by Byron Au Yong and Aaron Jafferis with the Sundance Institute Theatre Lab 2011 at The Banff Centre, as well as with the Sundance Institute Theatre Lab 2012 at White Oak. He performed the role in the world première with the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, which earned him an Award for Outstanding Achievement in Theatre (Principal Actor in a Musical) from the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle. He later reprised the role with The Arts and Ideas Festival in New Haven, Connecticut, and did so again with New York Theatre Workshop. 

He portrayed Sellem in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress with Princeton Festival; Bégearss in Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles with Aspen Opera Theater Center; and Demo in Cavalli’s Giasone with Chicago Opera Theater. He was also seen as Conrado in a workshop performance of Long Season by Chay Yew and Fabian Obispo, as part of Huntington Theatre Company’s Breaking Ground Festival.  Ahn attended the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied with the world-renowned tenor Vinson Cole and performed a wide range of operatic roles.

Updated August 26, 2022

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Press

"...delivering the wickedness of his character with gusto..." – Palm Beach Daily News

Madama Butterfly – "As the marriage broker Goro, tenor Julius Ahn was in his element, delivering the wickedness of his character with gusto."

"...his powerful voice molds itself around the operatic melodies..." – Broadway World

Stuck Elevator – "Julius Ahn is brilliant as the unassuming delivery man, neatly balancing the passive nature of a man who needs to remain invisible from the police with the deep desire to be seen and known for who he really is. His powerful voice molds itself around the operatic melodies provided by Yong, and we get our first glimpse of the real Guang; commanding and brave beneath the veneer of docile deliveryman."

"...gave a lithe, multi-faceted performance..." – Opera News

Turandot – "Eugene Villanueva (Ping), Julius Ahn (Pang) and Scott Ramsey (Pong), dressed in lively, brilliantly colored costumes, were smartly matched in vocal power and skill, giving us an extra dose of credibility and humanity instead of pandering for comic relief. Ahn in particular gave a lithe, multi-faceted performance."

"...his voice rises gracefully among the romance of the scene..." – The Uptempo Magazine

The Emperor of Atlantis – "Ahn’s tenor voice is pleasant and lovely, portraying truth and virtue to his role, as his voice rises gracefully among the romance of the scene."

"...great physical humor... " – Chicago Stage Review

Giasone – "Enough cannot be said for the astonishing cast. Julius Ahn displays great physical humor as Demo and makes the on-going joke of his character’s stutter funnier with every scene"