South Korean baritone Kyu Choi is a member of OperAvenir at the Theater Basel, Switzerland.
He graduated from the Korea National University of Arts before taking up a place at the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied for his Master’s degree under Mark Wildman and Ingrid Surgenor supported by the San Martino Scholarship. He continued to study for his Advanced Diploma at Royal Academy Opera, supported by Independent Opera, the Charles Mackerras Opera Scholarship.
Before he moved to Switzerland, he was a young artist at the National Opera Studio in 2019/20, generously supported by the Eileen Goddard Memorial Bursary. He successfully made his debut, the Independent Opera Scholars’ Recital, at Wigmore Hall, London.
Kyu took up several principal roles including the title role Mozart Don Giovanni, Le Podestat Le Docteur Miracle, Robert Iolanta, Dr Falke Die Fledermaus, Malatesta Don Pasquale and Belcore L’elisir d’amore.
Choi is the winner of the First Prize, Bill Birch Reynardson, at Les Azuriales International Singing Competition, France (2019), N. Obukhova International Singing Competition, Russia (2018), the Pavarotti Prize, UK (2019), the Joaninha Award, UK (2019).
He is looking forward to performing several upcoming engagements. In Basel, he will sing Malatesta Don Pasquale, Brother Rufin Saint François d’Assise, Sprecher Zauberflöte, Marco Gianni Schicchi, Malatesta Don Pasquale and Il Barone Duophol La traviata in the 2020/21 season.