Korean-born JINHO HWANG is rapidly establishing himself as an international contender in the Italian bel canto and spinto operatic repertoire. His is a rare voice, not only capable of technically demanding passages and brilliant, effortless high notes, but also of a rich, penetrating timbre and performances of great passion and elegance.
The exciting tenor performed a critically acclaimed solo recital this season at the National Opera Center in New York, in a collaboration with pianist Steven Crawford. Other performances include soloist in Psalm 23 at the Yungsan Art Center in Seoul, Korea, arias of Verdi, Cilea and Puccini with Opera Showcase at the National Opera Center; critical acclaim as Calaf in Turandot with El Paso Opera and Kalamazoo Symphony, as well as Pang in Turandot with Dayton Opera; portrayed Ismaele in Nabucco with Taconic Opera and Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor with Commonwealth Opera; and sang as soloist in Rossini’s Stabat Mater with Choral Society of the Hamptons.
Mr. Hwang has appeared as soloist at the Seoul Opera Festival (a commemorative event of the prestigious the third Asia-Europe meeting); Hong Kong Choral Festival; Taiwan International Choral Festival; National Chorus of Korea and as soloist in Schubert’s Mass in G at the Oriental Mission Cultural Center in Louisiana. In addition, this persuasive artist has been a featured performer for a number of concerts at New York’s Carnegie Hall.
Equally at home singing contemporary music, Mr. Hwang portrayed the role of Fabrizio in the American premiere of Martinu’s Mirandolina, as well as Junger Seemann in the Korean premiere of Isang Yun’s Sim Tjung.
Mr. Hwang has appeared with Utah Festival Opera, Opera North, Opera on the James, Korean Symphony and Manhattan Symphony Orchestra, among others. He is a prizewinner of many competitions, including Irene Dalis International Vocal Competition, Annapolis Opera Vocal Competition, Vera Scammon SOS International Competition and the William C. Byrd Young Artist Competition. He holds a Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music.