Lyric Soprano Yunah Lee is thrilling audiences in the U.S., Europe and Asia with her “handsomely colored full lyric sound” (Opera News) and “picture perfect” acting (Berkshire Fine Arts). Recent performances in the title role of Madama Butterfly were hailed in Germany as “a revelation… [her] voice unites the girlish innocence and the wistful sensuality [of Cio-Cio-San]” (Online Musik Magazin). “...thoroughly captivating, above all thanks to Yunah Lee, who is utterly convincing in mood and presentation… a commanding and touching performance revealing the highs and lows of Butterfly’s emotions.” (Das Opernglas).
During the past two years, she has performed Cio-Cio-San with The Dallas Opera, Central City Opera, Kentucky Opera, New York City Opera, De Vlaamse Opera in Belgium, and Theater St. Gallen in Switzerland. Elsewhere, she has performed this role in Europe with the Stadttheater Bern in Switzerland, in Braunschweig, Germany, and Opera Ireland and, in the U.S.A.Boheme Opera and repeated the role with Opera Roanoke, Virginia Opera, Longview Opera, Lyric Opera of San Antonio, Grand Rapids Opera,, Duluth Festival, Lake George Opera, and Westfield Symphony.
Other notable roles in her repertoire include Mimi in La Boheme (New York City Opera, Cleveland Opera, Boheme Opera, Opera Roanoke, Aspen Music Festival, Sao Paolo, Brazil and Korea National Opera), Micaela in Carmen (New York City Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Opera El Paso, and Boheme Opera and in Tokyo, Japan) Liu in Turandot (Minnesota Opera and Orlando Opera), Marguerite in Faust (Minnesota Opera, Toledo Opera, El Pazo Opera, Natchez Opera), Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore (Orlando Opera and Virginia Opera), Leila in Les Pecheurs des Perles (Opera Cleveland), and Elvira in Don Giovanni (Palm Beach Opera, Westfield Symphony, Opera on the James). Pamina in Die Zauberflöte (Kalamazoo Symphony), Nedda in I Pagliacci (Intermountain Opera), and Juliette in Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette (Opera Roanoke).
This summer and autumn, she will appear as Cio-Cio-San at Central City Opera, St. Gallen, Switzerland and with the Kentucky Opera
As an active concert singer, Ms. Lee has performed as soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Haydn’s The Creation and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the New York Oratorio Society at Carnegie Hall, and Verdi Requiem with National Chorale at Avery Fisher Hall. In 2008, Ms. Lee was invited to appear as a soloist in the Great Mountain Music Festival, where she performed works of Rodrigo, Villa Lobos, Handel, Earl Kim and George Crumb. The 2005-2006 season saw Ms. Lee's debut with Hiroshima Symphony performing Mahler Symphony No. 2, in the memorial concert of the 60th year after the Atomic Bomb in Hiroshima, her solo recital in Los Angeles at USC’s Newman Hall, KMF Virtuoso Concert at Alice Tully Hall with pianist Warren Jones and her European concert debut with the Pablo Picasso Orchestra in Malaga, Spain.
Ms. Lee made her solo recital debut at the Carnegie Hall and Ho-Am Recital Hall in Seoul, Korea followed by a national tour in 5 cities in South Korea. Ms. Lee was also featured in the Christmas Concert with Beijing National Symphony in China and in her recital with Shanghai Symphony and Seoul Arts Center and in Concert with Tokyo City Orchestra. Ms. Lee's first recording of “Four Seasons in Korea” with I Musici was released in 2004.
Born in Daegu, Korea, Ms. Lee is a former member of Juilliard Opera Center and earned her Master's Degree at The Juilliard School and Bachelor's Degree from Hanyang University as a full scholarship student. Ms. Lee also studied at the New England Conservatory of Music. Ms. Lee received First Prize in the Mario Lanza Competition and in the Verismo Opera Competition and was a finalist at the Belvedere Competition in Vienna, Austria.
Opera Carolina Performances:
The Magic Flute (2012–2013)
Madama Butterfly (2011–2012)