South Korean baritone Kyu Choi is a young artist at the National Opera Studio generously supported by the Eileen Goddard Memorial Bursary.
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, supported by Independent Opera, the Charles Mackerras Opera Scholarship, the Stokes Bursary, the Henry Wood Award and the Josephine Baker Trust.
He 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.
Upcoming engagements include company and role debut as Escamillo Carmen (Diva Opera).
Choi has won many prestigious competitions including; the Bill Birch Reynardson Prize at Les Azuriales International Singing Competition, France (2019), N. Obukhova International Singing Competition, Russia (2018), the Pavarotti Prize, UK (2019) and the Joaninha Award, UK (2019). He won the Second Prize at the Clonter Opera Prize, UK (2019) and the Opera Prize at the Mozart Singing Competition, UK (2017).
Kyu recently performed in the Independent Opera Scholars’ Recital at Wigmore Hall. He is looking forward to performing several upcoming engagements.