Kwangchul Youn, who is widely recognized in the international operatic and concert world, is making his HGO debut. In recent years, the sought-after bass has been heard at all renowned opera houses in Europe and overseas, including Vienna, London, Berlin, Milan, Munich, Dresden, Paris, Barcelona, Turin, New York, and Chicago. He has performed at the Bayreuth and Salzburg Festivals and the Salzburg Easter Festival, as well as the Tongyeong Festival. Highlights of recent seasons were Gurnemanz in a new production of Parsifal at Opéra de Paris, Rocco in Fidelio and Banco in Macbeth at Berlin State Opera, Comte des Grieux in Manon at the Metropolitan Opera, Abimélech in a new production of Samson et Dalila at the Berlin State Opera, and Ramfis in Aida at Liceu Barcelona. Youn was a member of the ensemble of the Berlin State Opera from 1993 until 2004, where he presented a large selection of his wide-ranging repertoire. In 2018 he was named “Berliner Kammersänger.” The focus of his repertoire is Wagner and Verdi, which includes roles such as Gurnemanz, König Heinrich, Marke, Daland, and Pogner, as well as Filippo, Fiesco, Ferrando, Banco, and Ramfis. Engagements in the 2023-24 season include König Heinrich in a new production of Lohengrin at Opéra de Paris, Fiesco in Simone Boccanegra at Vienna State Opera, and Sarastro in a new production of The Magic Flute at San Francisco Opera.