Ji-Min Park

Introduction

Ji-Min Park trained at the Seoul National University, Vienna Conservatory, and was a Jette Parker Young Artist at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, and subsequently Jette Parker Principal for the 09-10 season. Roles at Covent Garden included Rodolfo in 'La Boheme', Gastone and Alfredo in 'La Traviata', Des Grieux in 'Manon', Rinuccio in 'Gianni Schicchi', Venditore in 'Il Taborro' and  Iopas in a new production of 'les Troyens'.

Ji-Min has performed major roles and enjoyed notable successes with several international opera houses, orchestras and conductors. He has made notable debuts with houses including La Fenice Venice, New National Theatre Tokyo, Opera Australia, Theatre du Capitole Toulouse, Welsh National Opera, Opera North, and Teatro Municipal de Santiago Chile, to name a few. Conductors with whom he has worked include Antonio Pappano, Daniel Harding, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Daniel Oren, and Daniel Barenboim.


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Repertoire

Operatic Repertoire

BELLINI - La Straniera, Arturo
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 
STRAUSS - Der Rosenkavalier, Italian Tenor
VERDI - La Traviata, Alfredo 
VERDI - Rigoletto, Duka

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  • PUCCINI 'Che Gelida Manina' from La Boheme

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Strauss

Der Rosenkavalier

Birmingham Symphony Hall

"Ji-Min Park shone as the Italian tenor"


Rian Evans, The Guardian, 26 May 2014

Puccini

La Boheme

Opera North

"Here the performances of Anita Watson and Ji-Min Park were at their impassioned best" Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, 3 May 2014
"When Ji-Min Park embarks on the glorious Che Gelida Manina .. and then the two duet all else falls away – ..and even the surtitles, seem suplurflus...Duncan Rock as the painter Marcello and Ji-Min Park bring a youthful energy to the early scenes."
17 May 2014, Jo Beggs, The Public Reviews
Rehearsing La Boheme at Opera North

Revival director Michael Barker-Caven talks us through images from rehearsals for Opera North's production of Giacomo Puccini's La Bohème.
29 April, Michael Barker-Caven, The Guardian

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

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