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.

Last season, Ahn reprised the role of Pang in Turandot with Canadian Opera Company, sang the First Jew in Salome with Atlanta Opera, performed Goro in Madama Butterfly with Tulsa Opera, Spoletta in Tosca with Cincinnati Opera, and both La traviata and La fanciulla del West at Korean National Opera. Upcoming engagements include Gherardo in Gianni Schicchi with Tulsa Opera, his signature role of Goro in Madama Butterfly with Canadian Opera Company, Borsa in Rigoletto with Opera Philly, and a return to the Metropolitan Opera for The Magic Flute.  Future seasons see returns to San Francisco Opera, Dallas Opera, and Opera Colorado.

Calendar

Event Date
Jun 30
to
Jul 4
La Fanciulla Del West
Nick
Korea National Opera
Soeul, South Korea
Event Date
Jul 23
to
Jul 31
Tosca
Spoletta
Cincinnati Opera
Cincinnati, OH
Event Date
Oct 15
to
Oct 17
Gianni Schicchi
Gherardo
Tulsa Opera
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Event Date
Dec 10
to
Jan 5
The Magic Flute
(2nd Priest)
The Metropolitan Opera
New York, New York
Event Date
Jan 6
to
Feb 26
Madama Butterfly
Goro
Canadian Opera Company
Toronto, Canada
Event Date
Apr 4
to
May 8
Rigoletto
Borsa
Opera Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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.

Last season, Ahn reprised the role of Pang in Turandot with Canadian Opera Company, sang the First Jew in Salome with Atlanta Opera, performed Goro in Madama Butterfly with Tulsa Opera, Spoletta in Tosca with Cincinnati Opera, and both La traviata and La fanciulla del West at Korean National Opera. Upcoming engagements include Gherardo in Gianni Schicchi with Tulsa Opera, his signature role of Goro in Madama Butterfly with Canadian Opera Company, Borsa in Rigoletto with Opera Philly, and a return to the Metropolitan Opera for The Magic Flute.  Future seasons see returns to San Francisco Opera, Dallas Opera, and Opera Colorado.

In recent seasons, Mr. Ahn grabbed the attention of operagoers 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.  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.  He also performed 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 Falstaffwith 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.

Previously 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 31, 2021.

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Shame from Stuck Elevator 

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"