Ji-Min Park

Introduction

Ji-Min Park trained at the Seoul National University, South Korea, and at the Vienna Conservatory, Austria, as a student of Professor Carolyn Hague and was a Jette Parker Young Artist at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden from 2007-2009. Ji-Min was as Jette Parker Principal for the 09/10 season, where roles included Gastone in 'La Traviata', Rodolfo in 'La Boheme', Messenger in 'Aida' and covering Carlo in 'Linda di Chamounix', Des Grieux in 'Manon', and Alfredo in 'La Traviata'. 

Recent performances include Rodolfo, Rinuccio in 'Gianni Schicchi', Venditore in 'Il Taborro' and  Iopas in a new production of 'les Troyens', conducted by Antonio Pappano at Covent Garden; Alfredo in 'La Traviata'  at La Fenice in Venice and for Opera Australia; Ernesto in 'Don Pasquale', Rodolfo and Alfredo for Opera Australia; Rodolfo at the Theatre du Capitole Toulouse, at the New National Theatre Tokyo and for Opera Australia. Concert works includes Beppe in 'Pagliacci' with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daniel Harding; Beethoven 9 with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra conducted by Daniel Barenboim in Seoul; Rossini’s 'Stabat Mater' with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin as well as numerous gala performances, including for Opera North. Ji-Min has given recitals in La Scala Milan, La Fenice Venezia, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, and to open the Aalborg Opera Festival Denmark.

Ji-Min has won several awards including the Vienna Staatsoper Special Prize, the International Belvedere Singing Competition in Austria, First Prize and Audience Prize at the International Art Song Competition in France and the performance prize in the Stella Maris International Vocal Competition onboard MS EUROPA in 2009. Ji-Min represented Korea in the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition 2009. 

Engagements in the 13/14 season and beyond include Alfredo for Opera North and for his debut with Welsh National Opera, Rodolfo 'for Opera Australia and Opera North, Nemorino in 'L’elisir d’amore' and Gerard in 'Lakme' at the Teatro Municipal de Santiago in Chile, Nemorino for Cincinnati Opera, Arturo in 'La Straniera' for his debut with the Moscow State Philharmonic Society and the Italian Tenor in 'Der Rosenkavalier' with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

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Repertoire

Operatic Repertoire

BERLIOZ - les Troyens, Iopas
DONIZETTI - Don Pasquale, Ernesto   
DONIZETTI - L'elisir d'amore, Nemorino   
DONIZETTI - Lucia di Lammermoor, Edgardo
DONIZETTI - Lucrezia Borgia, Gennaro  
GOUNOD - Faust, Faust 
GOUNOD - Romeo et Juliette, Romeo 
MOZART - Cosi fan tutte, Ferrando 
MOZART - Die Zauberflote, Tamino 
PUCCINI - Gianni Schicchi, Rinuccio 
PUCCINI - La Boheme, Rodolfo 
VERDI - La Traviata, Alfredo 
VERDI - Rigoletto, Duka

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Schedule

Symphony Hall, Birmingham

STRAUSS: Der Rosenkavalier

Soile Isokoski,  Marschallin
Alice Coote,  Octavian
Sophie Bevan,  Sophie
Franz Hawlata,  Ochs
Mark Stone,  Faninal
Bonaventura Bottone,  Valzacchi
Pamela Helen Stephen,  Annina
Ji-Min Park,  Italian Tenor
Eddie Wade,  Notary / Police Inspector / Servant

Andris Nelsons  conductor
CBSO Chorus  
CBSO Youth Chorus  

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Press

VERDI

La Traviata

Welsh National Opera

"Ji-Min Park gives a powerful performance laced with passion as Alfredo, driven to fury when he believes his lover has gone back to her old ways, little realising she has been persuaded against her will by Alfredo’s father Giorgio, impressively played by Alan Opie." Birmingham Mail
"The part of the young Germont, Alfredo, is played with real passion and lightness of touch by Ji-Min Park. An outstanding tenor voice with beautiful tone and resonance." Roger Donovan, The Public Reviews
"Vocally and dramatically Linda Richardson, and Ji-Min Park were at their best as the tragic Violetta's life draws to an end.

As well as displaying beautiful control of a series of testing quietly delivered notes Miss Richardson then rose to Ji-Min Park's finely delivered passionate plea for her to live to end the opera on a high emotional note"
The Bristol Post, 14 April 2014

Berlioz

Les Troyens

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

"as Dido's court poet Iopas, Ji-Min Park produced a lovely lyrical pastoral hymn O blonde Cérès" Bach Track review, June 2012

Verdi

La Traviata - Alfredo

Opera Australia


"Emma Matthews, standing in for Rachelle Durkin as Violetta, and Ji-Min Park as Alfredo were both outstanding...

Emma Matthews and Ji-Min Park played the parts of the two lovers with great emotional intensity and with apparent vocal ease, the upper ends of their register ringing out with impressive clarity. However, such an immense production as this requires a lot of expertise from a large number of people and it was fitting at the opera's conclusion that all those involved with the production came on stage to receive warm applause from the audience. It was an evening which I will not forget in a long time. The benchmark for Opera on the Harbour has been set incredibly high. I am already looking forward to next year!"

 

Bachtrack.com, April 2012

Puccini

La Boheme - Rodolfo

Opera Australia

"Performance-wise there are no disappointments in this opera, as it sports a surprisingly level playing-field of excellent standard, but my favourite would almost certainly have to be South Korea’s Ji-Min Park as Rodolfo, the poet; a role he’s apparently honed and made his own, at the Royal Opera House, just last year. Not only does his fine tenor come prominently to the fore, but he distinguishes himself also as an actor of great merit. As a young man, he’s already collected a swag of prizes and honours, the greatest of which is the unforced, natural talent and charisma he exudes." Curtain Call, July 2011
"The first, in act one, is Rodolfo’s aria Che gelida manina. In the right tenor’s hands — Luciano Pavarotti wasn’t half-bad — it soars; the top C lifting the audience out of their seats as the young writer courts his shy seamstress. Korean Ji-Min Park nailed it. Not surprisingly, of course; he’s sung the role at Covent Garden with a reputation as one of the finest younger singers in the world. But a flawless delivery and real emotional intensity makes his appearance a pleasure for Australian audience." blogs.crikey.com.au/curtaincall, April 2011
"International tenor Ji-Min Park is a superb Rodolfo. Boyish and wide-eyed, Rodolfo’s reckless pursuit of the artistic experience is crystal clear through Park’s beautiful performance. Singing magnificently throughout, Park’s “Che Gelida Manina” is an absolute triumph. Exquisite soprano Takesha Meshé Kizart completes the star casting...Kizart and Park capture the audience’s hearts, resulting in one of the most moving final acts in memory." Theatrepeople.com, April 2011

Puccini

La Boheme - Rodolfo

Theatre du Capitole Toulouse

"The biggest applause goes to the Rodolfo, Ji-Min Park. The South Korean knows the ropes. Line and sentimentality were controlled well and met the expectations of the public, who were clearly satisfied with the raw emotion expressed by the poet." [translated] anaclase.com, October 2010