Korean baritone Dong-Hwan Lee has a strong, powerful voice and impressive stage presence.

He was a member of the ensemble at the Deutsche Oper Berlin from season 2015/16 to 2017/18.  Dong-Hwan Lee remains associated with the Deutsche Oper Berlin as a guest artist.


The most recent and future engagements of Dong-Hwan Lee include:

  • Simon Boccanegra and Sharpless/Madama Butterfly at the Deutsche Oper Berlin;
  • Conte di Luna/Il Trovatore at the Korea National Opera;
  • Sharpless/Madama Butterfly, Marcello/La bohème, Enrico/Lucia di Lammermoor, and Jochanaan/Salome at Daegu Opera House;
  • Figaro/Le Nozze di Figaro and a Rigoletto Gala at Seongnam Arts Center;
  • Sir Riccardo/I Puritani at Seoul Arts Center;
  • the title role in Rigoletto and Belcore/L’elisir d’amore in Pusan, South Korea.


Since the 2015/16 season, Dong-Hwan Lee has taken the stage in a variety of productions at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. In recent seasons, he has showcased his talent in roles such as the titular character in Simon Boccanegra, Escamillo/Carmen, Giorgio Germont/La Traviata, Sharpless/Madama Butterfly, Ping/Turandot, Heerrufer/Lohengrin, Andrey Shchelkalov/Boris Godunov, Cecil/Maria Stuarda, and Don Alvaro/Il Viaggio A Reims, among others.

His regular appearances at the Korea National Opera include notable performances, such as Marcello/La bohème (2018), Peter/Hänsel und Gretel (2019), Giorgio Germont/La Traviata (2020 & 2022), and Conte di Luna/Il Trovatore (2023).

Dong-Hwan Lee has also performed at the Daegu Opera House as Escamillo/Carmen and Marcello/La bohème (2016), Sharpless/Madama Butterfly (2018), Enrico/Lucia di Lammermoor (2022), and Jochanaan/Salome (2023).

In 2019, Mr. Lee appeared as a guest soloist, portraying Conte di Luna/Il Trovatore at Opera Østfold, Norway.

During the 2014/15 season, Mr. Lee took on the character of Monterone/Rigoletto at the Royal Opera House (Covent Garden). Moreover, within the same season, he played the part of Monterone in another production of Rigoletto at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse.

He joined the International Opera Studio at the Staatsoper Hamburg from 2009 to 2011, then he also made his debut at Theater Augsburg from 2011 to 2015 with the roles of Germont/La Traviata, Simon Boccanegra, Escamillo/Carmen, Marcello/La Bohéme, Golaud/Pelléas et Mélisande, Tierbändiger/Lulu, Figaro/Le Nozze di Figaro, Leporello/Don Giovanni, Vater/Hänsel und Gretel, Heerrufer/Lohengrin, Altgeselle/Jenufa.


Dong-Hwan Lee has been awarded prizes in various international competitions, such as the First Prize at the 32nd International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in Amsterdam 2013, First Prize at the Queen Sonja competition (Oslo), 2nd Prize at the Toulouse International Singing competition (Toulouse), Special Prize at the Francisco Vinas competition (Barcelona), First Prize at the Beniamino Gigli International Singing Competition (Rome) and Third Prize at the Maria Callas International Singing competition (Athens).


Dong-Hwan Lee and Anna Gabler – Salome by R. Strauss – Wird dir nicht bange (Daegu Opera House, Oct. 2023)

Dong-Hwan Lee – Rigoletto by G. Verdi – Quel vecchio maledivami…Signor?… Pari siamo (Jul. 2023)

Dong-Hwan Lee – Carmen by G. Bizet – Chanson du Toréador (May 2022)

Dong-Hwan Lee – Il Tabarro by G. Puccini – Nulla, Silenzio! (Feb. 2022)

Dong-Hwan Lee – Adriana Lecouvreur by F. Cilea – Ecco il monologo (Jul. 2023)

Dong-Hwan Lee – Nacht und Träume by F. Schubert (Jul. 2023)

Dong-Hwan Lee – Otello by G. Verdi – Credo in un dio crudel (Nov. 2022)


In a hotly contested final, Korean baritone Dong-Hwan Lee took the laurels to win first prize in this year’s International Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition

Lee’s winning performance was a full-blooded rendition of the Toreador’s Song from Carmen, sung with substance as well as gusto. The tall, burly singer still needs to polish up his rather awkward stage presence, but the judges recognised his potential to become a major player as a dramatic baritone with a voice that is built on a solid bass register. Lee receives engagements at the Royal OperaHouse, London and Cape Town Opera as part of the first prize, which is awarded in memory of soprano Teresa Stich-Randall.