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Won Whi Choi has been busy captivating and thrilling audiences worldwide with his lustrous and ringing voice, elegant musicianship, and sensitive artistry.  In 2020, Mr. Choi made his Metropolitan Opera début as Alfredo in La Traviata to rave reviews and was slated to return for productions of Maria Stuarda and Les Contes d’Hoffmann.

This season, Mr. Choi joins The Metropolitan Opera again for both Rigoletto and Fedora, as well as the Seoul Metropolitan Opera’s Romeo and Juliet as Romeo. Choi will also return to the role of Alfredo in La Traviata for Virginia Opera. Last season’s engagements included The Metropolitan Opera’s La bohème, the Duke in Rigoletto for New York City Opera, the title role in Les Contes d’Hoffmann for Opera Tampa, and Don Jose in Carmen for Minnesota Opera. Upcoming, Choi will return to the role of Rodolfo in La bohème and looks forward to a house debut with Atlanta Opera. [read more...]


"...flowering high notes..." – Opera News

Florencia en el Amazonas – “Tenor Won Whi Choi demonstrated nicely flowering high notes as the ardent Arcadio”


"...unfurling a big, virile sound..." – New York Spectacular

La bohème – “Most spectacular was tenor Won Whi Choi as the poet Rodolfo, unfurling a big, virile sound that rocketed fearlessly up to a high C so secure he dared to run across the stage while holding the note.”


"...soaring tenor..." – Idaho Statesman

Rigoletto – “South Korean raised tenor Choi made for a strapping and sexy Duke of Mantua, which makes it more believable that women would so willingly fall for his charms, and sacrifice themselves for his life. His soaring tenor easily and fearlessly reached the high Bs in La donna è mobile, one of the most known arias in the operatic canon.”


"...Won Whi Choi’s performance was absolutely perfect..." – Glas Slavinije

La bohème – “How do I write a critique that would realistically assess the role of the tenor, the Korean Won Whi Choi? His singing was far above all other protagonists in this cast musically, artistically and dramatically. Won Whi Choi as Rodolfo sang his famous aria, with joyful accents excited enthusiasm and noble, pure lilting melodies (with striking vocal line and effortless voice climbing to a high C). Won Whi Choi’s performance was absolutely perfect, far above all other artists showcasing his excellent legato phrasing. The range of voice was remarkable! His performance consisted of high notes that were strongly developed, dynamic contrasts, great diction and vocal coloring as well as world class phrasing and dynamic shading. Such tenors are difficult to imagine we will experience on stage performing for us.”


"...remarkable vocal strength..." – Winnipeg Free Press

Handel's Messiah – “South Korean-born tenor Won Whi Choi asserted his booming presence immediately with his opening recitative Comfort ye my people followed by aria Ev’ry valley shall be exalted. Demonstrating a remarkable vocal strength for his relatively slight frame, the singer responded ably to the composer’s many virtuosic runs while also displaying an equally impressive dynamic range”


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