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, Sprecher/Die Zauberflöte and 1.Nazarener/Salome at Deutsche Oper Berlin;
  • Conte di Luna/Il Trovatore at Opera Østfold;
  • Madarin/Turandot at Osterfestspiele Salzburg w.C. Thielemann;
  • Sharpless/Madama Butterfly and Enrico/Lucia di Lammermoor at Daegu Opera House at Daegu Opera House;
  • Figaro/Le Nozze di Figaro at Seongnam Arts Center.


Since season 2015/16 Dong-Hwan Lee has performed in various productions at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. In the recent seasons he sang Escamillo/Carmen, Germont/La Traviata, Sharpless/Madama Butterfly, Ping/Turandot, Heerrufer/Lohengrin, Andrey Shchelkalov/Boris Godunov, Cecil/Maria Stuarda, Don Alvaro/Il Viaggio A Reims.

In the 2014/15 season, Mr. Lee sang the role of Monterone in Rigoletto at the Royal Opera House (Covent Garden). Additionally this season, he performed the role of Le Comte Monterone in Rigoletto at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulose.

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 – La Traviata by G. Verdi – Di provenza il mar, il suol…

Dong-Hwan Lee – Falstaff by G. Verdi – È sogno? o realtà

Dong-Hwan Lee – La Bohème by G. Puccini – Act 4: O Mimì, Tu più non torni…

Dong-Hwan Lee – I Puritani by V. Bellini – Suoni la tromba


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.