SeungHyeon Baek

SeungHyeon Baek

Baritone SeungHyeon Baek is quickly gaining recognition throughout the American Opera circuit as a young artist of significant talents and versatility. Specifically, he has been applauded and recognized for recent performances over the past few seasons for his “full, generous baritone voice” and his considerable “histrionic abilities combined with his rich artistry.” 

This season, Mr. Baek’s performances include Yamadori/Grand Inquisitor in Madama Butterfly with Canadian Opera Company, Frate/(Rodrigo) in Don Carlo with Maryland Lyric Opera, the title role of Rigoletto with Opera Orlando, and as a soloist in Five Mystical Songs at Carnegie Hall with Mid-America Productions. Upcoming, he will make his role debut as Scarpia in Tosca.

 

Calendar

Event Date
Jan 27
to
Jan 29
Madama Butterfly
Yamadori
Canadian Opera Company
Toronto, Canada
Event Date
Apr 11
to
Apr 24
Rigoletto
Rigoletto
Opera Orlando
Orlando, Florida
Event Date
May 2
to
May 15
Don Carlos
Frate, Flemish Deputy, (Rodrigo)
Maryland Lyric Opera
Bethesda, Maryland
Event Date
Jun 4
to
Jun 4
Five Mystical Songs
Soloist
Carnegie Hall
New York, New York
Event Date
Nov 18
to
Nov 20
Hansel and Gretel
Father/Peter
New Orleans Opera
New Orleans, LA

Artist Bio

Baritone SeungHyeon Baek is quickly gaining recognition throughout the American Opera circuit as a young artist of significant talents and versatility. Specifically, he has been applauded and recognized for recent performances over the past few seasons for his “full, generous baritone voice” and his considerable “histrionic abilities combined with his rich artistry.”

This season, Mr. Baek’s performances include Yamadori/Grand Inquisitor in Madama Butterfly with Canadian Opera Company, Frate/(Rodrigo) in Don Carlo with Maryland Lyric Opera, the title role of Rigoletto with Opera Orlando, and as a soloist in Five Mystical Songs at Carnegie Hall with Mid-America Productions. Upcoming, he will make his role debut as Scarpia in Tosca.

Mr. Baek recently made several débuts, including his début with Opera Tampa, performing the role of Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro where The Tampa Bay Times praised his “commanding baritone.”  He also made a role début as Tonio in Pagliacci, and house débuts with Opera North as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly and New York City Opera as Billy Jackrabbit in La fanciulla del West. Additionally, he performed the title role in Gianni Schicchi with St. Petersburg Opera, Lord Enrico Ashton in Lucia di Lammermoor, Sonora in La fanciulla del West, as well as a soloist in An Evening of Puccini concert, all with Maryland Lyric Opera; Marcello in La Boheme with Opera Ithaca, Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia with MidAtlantic Opera, Tonio in Pagliacci with Opera Ithaca and Dandini in La Cenerentola with Opera Ithaca and New York City Opera for their Park Concert Series. 

As a Concert artist, Mr. Baek made his début at Carnegie Hall as a soloist in Fauré’s Requiem with MidAmerica Productions and as a soloist in Dvorak’s Te Deum. He also performed as a soloist in Dubois’s The Seven Last Words of Christ with Christian Broadcasting System of New York, Dvořák’s Te Deum with Adelphi Chamber Orchestra and made his Lincoln Center Concert début with InterSchool Orchestras of New York as a soloist in Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

A native of South Korea, SeungHyeon Baek received a Professional Studies Degree in Mannes College of Music. During his professional studies, he performed the title role of Gianni Schicchi, Don Alvaro in Il viaggio a Reims and Di Cosimo in the New York Premiere of Daniel Catán’s Il Postino with Mannes Opera. He also holds his master’s degree at Manhattan School of Music where he appeared as Pandolfe in Cendrillon and Peter in Hansel and Gretel as well as Valentin in Faust with the Manhattan School of Music Opera Repertory Ensemble. Additionally, Mr. Baek holds a Bachelor of Music degree at ChungAng University in Korea. He has won NJ State Opera’s Alfredo Silipigni Competition in 2017 and the Career Bridges Competition in 2015.

Updated April 5, 2022

Audio Samples

Audio Sample Cruda, funesta smania

Video

“Nemico della patria” from Andrea Chenier

“Zaza, piccola zingara” from Zaza

“Vision Fugitive” from Hérodiade

Press

"...Baek was suave, wry, and amusing..." – Opera News

Gianni Schicchi – “As Gianni, Seung-hyeon Baek was suave, wry, and amusingly mocking in his impersonation of Buoso.”

"...the strongest singing in a male role – Tampa Bay Times

Le nozze di Figaro – “SeungHyeon Baek has a commanding baritone, delivering the strongest singing in a male role.”

"...a delightful surprise...baritone bad boy" – DC Metro Theater Arts

Lucia di Lammermoor – “Baek’s Enrico was a delightful surprise. Baek musters enough menace to earn his baritone bad boy bona fides”

...sensitive and warm baritone..." – Rutland Herald

Madama Butterfly – “SeungHyeon Baek was a rock as Sharpless, with his sensitive and warm baritone”

"...exceptional vocal power, expression and beauty..." – Á La Carte Productions

Rigoletto – "In the title role, baritone SeungHyeon Baek had exceptional vocal power, expression and beauty to bring to life this tragic humpbacked jester."