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.”
Last season, Baek joined the roster of the prestigious Metropolitan Opera for their productions of La bohème and Falstaff. Additionally, he made his role début as Scarpia in Tosca with St. Petersburg Opera, the eponymous Gianni Schicchi with Opera Steamboat, and returned to the role of Father in Hansel and Gretel for his house début with New Orleans Opera. This season, Baek returns to the Metropolitan Opera to cover Marcello in La bohème and brings his Marcello to Hawaii Opera Theatre.
Recently, Mr. Baek joined Opera Orlando as the eponymous Rigoletto, the Canadian Opera Company in Madama Butterfly as Yamadori/Grand Inquisitor, and performed the role of Frate in Don Carlo with Maryland Lyric Opera. In concert, Baek was a featured soloist in Five Mystical Songs at Carnegie Hall with Mid-America Productions and in Faure’s Requiem with Maryland Lyric Opera. [read more...]
"...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."