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 season, Ahn brings his immaculate performance of Goro to the San Francisco Opera, Atlanta Opera, Cincinnati Opera and New Orleans Opera. Also this season, 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. Next season’s engagements include returns to Michigan Opera Theatre and Opera Philadelphia. [read more...]
"...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"