Bass-baritone Samuel Youn received his first vocal training in his hometown Seoul, and then completed his studies at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milan and at the Conservatory of Cologne. He started his singing career in 1999 at the Cologne Opera where he has established himself quickly as a leading dramatic bass baritone of his generation in roles like Amonasro/Aida,  Tonio/Pagliacci, Kurwenal/Tristan, Gunter/Götterdämmerung, Kaspar/Freischütz, Pizzaro/Fidelio, and the title role in Wagner`s Flying Dutchman. Apart from his commitment at the Cologne Opera, he has also been invited on many international stages, among which the Theatre du Capitole de Toulouse, Teatro Real de Madrid, Bayreuth Festival, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Hamburg State Opera, Opéra de Paris, Scala di Milano, Teatro Massimo di Palermo, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Opéra du Nice, Teatro Sao Carlo in Lisbon, Teatro di San Carlo in Napoli, and Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona.
In 2012, Youn had his international breakthrough singing the title role in the Flying Dutchman under the baton of Christian Thielemann at the Bayreuth Festival. He was invited back for the 2013 to 2015 editions of the Festival to perform this role. He worked with conductors such as Marc Albrecht, Pierre Boulez, Riccardo Chailly, Andris Nelsons, Zubin Mehta, Donald Runnicles, Markus Stenz, and Pinchas Steinberg, among others.
2015 had him return to the Bayreuth Festival and the Deutsche Oper Berlin for various productions, as well as debuting at the Theater an der Wien in the title role of Wagner’s Flying Dutchman, and with the Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Highlights of the recent past include the roles of Paolo Albiani/Simon Boccanegra at the Opera de Nice and in Oman, Donner at the Opéra National de Paris, Méphisto/Damnation de Faust at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Orest/Elektra, Wotan//Wanderer/Der Ring an 1 Abend, and Scarpia/Tosca at Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden - the latter Youn performed at the Royal Opera Covent Garden as well, where he also performed the roles of Créon/Oedipe and Raimondo Bidebent/Lucia di Lammermoor - as well as Gunther/Götterdämmerung at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona.
Most recently, Youn performed the role of Alberich in Wagner’s Rheingold at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Future engagements include The Flying Dutchman and Siegfried at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, The Flying Dutchman at Teatro Real de Madrid, and Fidelio at Teatro di San Carlo Napoli as well as at the Opera Cologne, where Samuel Youn will also perform the role of Bluebeard in Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle.

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Repertoire Concert

Beethoven Symphony no. 9
Mahler Symphony no. 8
Rossini Stabat Mater
Schubert Mass No. 5 in A flat major
Szymanowski Stabat Mater op. 53
Verdi Requiem

Repertoire Opera

Bartók Bluebeard's Castle Bluebeard
Beethoven Fidelio Don Fernando
    Don Pizarro
Bellini Norma Oroveso
Berg Lulu Dr. Schön
Berlioz La damnation de Faust Méphisophélès
Bizet Carmen Escamillo
Britten Billy Budd John Claggart
    Mr. Redburn
d'Albert Tiefland Sebastiano
Donizetti Lucia di Lammermoor Raimondo Bidebent
Enescu Oedipe Créon
Gounod Faust Méphisophélès
Humperdinck Hansel and Gretel Peter
Janacek The Cunning Little Vixen Háraschta
Leoncavallo Pagliacci Tonio
Mascagni Cavalleria rusticana Alfio
Mozart Die Zauberflöte Sprecher
Offenbach Les contes d’Hoffmann                Villains
Puccini Tosca Scarpia
Saint-Saëns Samson et Dalila Le grand prêtre
Strauss, R. Die Frau ohne Schatten               Barak
  Elektra Orest
  Salome Jochanaan
Verdi Aida Amonasro
  Attila Attila
  La forza del destino Don Carlos di Vagas
  Otello Jago
  Simon Boccanegra Paolo Albiani
Wagner Das Rheingold Alberich
  Der fliegende Holländer Holländer
  Die Meistersinger v. Nürnberg Hans Sachs
  Götterdämmerung Gunther
  Lohengrin Heerrufer des Königs
  Parsifal Amfortas
  Siegfried Wanderer
  Tannhäuser Biterolf
    Reinmar von Zweter
  Tristan und Isolde Kurwenal
Weber Der Freischütz Kaspar


At Wagner's Service
Having hardly stepped off the stage at Deutsche Oper Berlin after enthusing the audience with his mighty bass-baritone as Wanderer / Siegfried in the Götz-Friedrich-Ring, Samuel Youn is now back at that very stage with another Wagner part. Under the baton of GMD Donald Runnicles he will be singing the title role in Christian Spuck’s new production of The Flying Dutchman.
Further, Samuel Youn is a guest at this year’s Internationale Maifestspiele in Wiesbaden. In the production by Uwe Eric Laufenberg he will be performing as Gunther, a.o. alongside Andreas Schager as Siegfried, in Götterdämmerung on May 1st and 28th.



Das Rheingold / Civic Opera House Chicago / 03.10.16 /

"powerful American and role debuts" 

Tosca / Oper Köln / 26.06.16 /

 "Er zieht stimmlich alle Register" 

Oedipe / Royal Opera House Covent Garden / 26.05.16 /

 "Samuel Youn is splendid" 

Tosca / Royal Opera House Covent Garden / 09.01.16 / 

"Youn's Scarpia dominated the stage" 

La damnation de Faust / Oper Köln / 07.12.14 /

 "so liebt das Publikum den Teufel" 
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