Won Whi Choi

Won Whi Choi


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«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.»
New york observer (2016)
«Mr. Choi sang with an attractive tenor, demonstrating strong top notes, fluid phrasing and a darker-hued lower register.»
new york times (2016)
«Tenor Won Whi Choi copes handsomely with Arcadio’s high-lying vocal line and shines in his lovely, dreamy aria»
classics today (2016)
2017Mozart: Cosi fan tutteFerrando
2016Verdi: RigolettoDuca di Mantova
2016Bizet: CarmenDon José
2016Lehár: Das Land des Lächelns (The land of smiles)Prince Sou-chong
2016Catán: Florencia en el AmazonasArcadio
2015Donizetti: Lucia di LammermoorSir Edgardo Di Ravenswood
2015Puccini: La BohèmeRodolfo
2015Verdi: La TraviataAlfredo Germont


Currently a festival artist at Theater Erfurt in Germany, Won Whi Choi has been busy captivating and thrilling audiences worldwide with his lustrous and ringing voice, elegant musicianship, and sensitive artistry. Choi was praised for his portrayal of Rodolfo in La bohème and his “big, virile sound that rocketed fearlessly up to a high C, so secure he dared to run across the stage while holding the note,” by The New York Observer. While in Erfurt, Mr. Choi sang the roles of Il Duca in Rigoletto, Don José in Carmen, and Prince Sou Chong in Lehár’s Das Land des Lächelns. This season, he will sing Roméo in Roméo et Juliette, reprise the role of Prince Suo-Chong in Das Land des Lächelns, Don José in Carmen, Ferrando in Così fan tutte, Hyllus in Hercules, Andres in Wozzeck, and Il Cantatore in Giulietta e Romeo. Before he goes overseas, however, Mr. Choi will make his role début as Arcadio in Florencia en el Amazonas with New York City Opera. Recent seasons include engagements such as: Rodolfo in La bohème in a débuts with Croatian National Theatre in Osijek, Lyric Opera of Virginia and El Paso Opera; Sou-Chong in Franz Lehar’s Das Land des Lächelns in a début with Hong Kong Opera; Ruggero in La rondine at Skylark Opera; Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor with Opera in Williamsburg; Chevalier in Dialogues des Carmélites with Mannes Opera Theatre; Alfredo in La traviata for Mannes Opera Theatre and Opera på Skäret in Sweden; the title role in Les contes d’Hoffmann with the Martina Arroyo Foundation; and Il Duca in Rigoletto at Opera Idaho, where critics raved: “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. Mr. Choi is emerging as a concert artist to watch after his performance of Händel’s Messiah with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. The Winnipeg Free Press hailed: “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…the singer responded ably to the composer’s many virtuosic runs while also displaying an equally impressive dynamic range.” Recently, he sang in an opera gala at Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Hall in Shanghai, China. Mr. Choi’s interpretation of Rodolfo in La bohème garners acclaim on every stage he graces. From his performance in Croatia, Glas Slavinije wrote: “Won Whi Choi as Rodolfo sang his famous aria, with joyful accents excited enthusiasm and nobility, with pure lilting melodies and striking vocal line, effortlessly climbing to a high C. Choi’s performance was absolutely perfect, 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, vocal coloring, combined with world class phrasing and dynamic shading.” Mr. Choi was one of eight finalists at the Montreal International Musical Competition in 2012. He holds a Professional Studies Diploma and a Master of Music Degree from Mannes College of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Korean National University of the Arts.
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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Mozart: Cosi fan tutte Ferrando Theater Erfurt Und Philharmonisches Orchester Erfurt 2017
Verdi: Rigoletto Duca di Mantova 1 Day Theater Erfurt Und Philharmonisches Orchester Erfurt 2016
Bizet: Carmen Don José 1 week Theater Erfurt Und Philharmonisches Orchester Erfurt 2016
Lehár: Das Land des Lächelns (The land of smiles) Prince Sou-chong 1 week Theater Erfurt Und Philharmonisches Orchester Erfurt 2016
Catán: Florencia en el Amazonas Arcadio 1 week New York City Opera (New York (Manhattan)) 2016