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South Korean bass Jongmin Park joins the Wiener Staatsoper as a member of the ensemble in the 2013-14 season, following his major success with his debut with the company in November 2011, as Colline in Puccini's La Bohème. During his first season at the Wiener Staatsoper he will sing amongst others the roles of Zuniga in Bizet’s Carmen, Truffaldino in Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, Basilio in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and Billy Jackrabbit in Puccini’s La fanciulla del West. He finishes the season with his debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden as Colline in La Bohème. In 2010, Mr. Park joined the ensemble of the Hamburg State Opera, where his roles included Sparafucile in Rigoletto, Il Re in Aida, Sagrestano in Tosca, Bonzo in Madame Butterfly, Avosmediano in Palestrina, and Masetto in Don Giovanni. In the 2012-13 season, Mr. Park performed with the company leading roles such as Sarastro, Colline, Masetto, Truffaldino, and Wagner in Gounod's Faust. He also sang Rossini’s Stabat Mater with the NHK Symphony in Tokyo under Myung-Whun Chung. In demand as a concert soloist in Korea and abroad,

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South Korean bass Jongmin Park joins the Wiener Staatsoper as a member of the ensemble in the 2013-14 season, following his major success with his debut with the company in November 2011, as Colline in Puccini's La Bohème. During his first season at the Wiener Staatsoper he will sing amongst others the roles of Zuniga in Bizet’s Carmen, Truffaldino in Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, Basilio in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and Billy Jackrabbit in Puccini’s La fanciulla del West. He finishes the season with his debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden as Colline in La Bohème.

In 2010, Mr. Park joined the ensemble of the Hamburg State Opera, where his roles included Sparafucile in Rigoletto, Il Re in Aida, Sagrestano in Tosca, Bonzo in Madame Butterfly, Avosmediano in Palestrina, and Masetto in Don Giovanni. In the 2012-13 season, Mr. Park performed with the company leading roles such as Sarastro, Colline, Masetto, Truffaldino, and Wagner in Gounod's Faust. He also sang Rossini’s Stabat Mater with the NHK Symphony in Tokyo under Myung-Whun Chung.


In demand as a concert soloist in Korea and abroad, Jongmin Park has an extensive concert repertoire. His engagements on the concert stage have included Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de Confessore conducted by Myung-Whun Chung as part of La Scala’s annual Christmas concert, Beethoven's Mass in C major in the Auditorium in Turin with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Beethoven’s Symphony Nr. 9 with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra under Myung-Whun Chung, and Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Haydn’s Missa in Tempore belli, both at KNUA Hall in Seoul. He has also taken the stage in concerts and at music festivals at prestigious venues including the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, the Mariinsky Theatre, the St. Petersburg Philharmonia, Teatro Pergolesi in Jesi, the Auditorium Sony in Madrid, the Ravello Festival, and Napoli Theatre Festival in Pompei. He has sung solo recitals in Munich and Frankfurt with pianist Vincenzo Scalera.


Mr. Park has received numerous prizes and awards in his career. In July 2011 he was awarded the overall first prize for male voices at the International Tchaikovsky Competition. In the same month he also won the special Wagner award, the Birgit Nilsson Prize, at the Operalia Competition at the Stanislavsky Theatre in Moscow under the baton of Plàcido Domingo. In October 2011 he won both the second prize and audience award at the Neue Stimmen International Singing Competition held in Gütersloh, Germany, under the auspices of the Bertelsmann Foundation. In November 2009 he won both the first prize and the Audience prize at the inaugural Stella Maris international vocal competition. In 2008, he was awarded the overall first prize for male voices and the Critic’s prize at the International Voice Competition in Bilbao, Spain, which lead him to appear as Tom in Verdi's Un ballo in maschera  at Bilbao’s Euskalduna Theatre. In July 2007 he won the special prize of the Chambre Professionnelle des directeurs d'Opéra Paris at the International Hans Gabor Belvedere competition in Vienna and was also selected to join the Academy of the Teatro alla Scala, where he studied under the guidance of Mirella Freni, Luciana Serra, Luigi Alva, and Renato Bruson. In his three years at La Scala, he interpreted roles such as Doctor in Macbeth, Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro, Keeper in The Rake's Progress, and Impresario in Le Convenienze ed inconvenienze teatrali.

Mr. Park was born in Seoul and studied singing at the Korea National University of Arts with Hans Choi. While still a student, he won the first prize in the competition of the Korea National Association for Music and the Gold Prize in the Korea National Company of Lyric Opera singing competition. While living in Seoul, he performed such roles as Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, Sparafucile in Rigoletto and Geronimo in Cimarosa's Il matrimonio segreto.

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"Jongmin Park slotted into the Ensemble effortlessly. While the young philosophy student is often sung by heavier, older basses, it was lovely to have an athletic, young man in this role for a change."

Der Merker (Colline in La Boheme, Vienna State Opera)

"Jongmin Park gave a performance as Masetto on the level that one would have wished for from the other male leads."

Der Standard (Masetto in Don Giovanni, Hamburg State Opera)