Korean-American bass-baritone David D. Lee’s passion for music started in church at a young age. As part of the church choir, he sang a wide range of sacred music, including oratorios and mass. As he was exposed to opera early in life, Lee furthered his interest in classical singing at Temple University’s Voice and Opera program in Philadelphia. After earning his Bachelor of Music degree, he continued his studies at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston where he completed his Master of Music degree in Voice and Opera program.
In 2018, while training voice under the tutelage of American basso Peter Volpe, Lee made his IU Jacobs School of Music debut as Kōbun Chino Otogawa in The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs. Last summer, he covered Donner in Das Rheingold at Pittsburgh Festival Opera while participating as a member of The Mastersingers Project for Young Dramatic Voices, which was led by internationally acclaimed Wagnerian soprano Jane Eaglen.
Lee’s performed Opera roles at the New England Conservatory include Frank in Die Fledermaus, Littore, Liberto and Console in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Der Lautsprecher in Der Kaiser von Atlantis, Hanezo in L’amico Fritz, and Filippo in La Gazzetta. He also made his debut at Victoria’s theatre in Singapore singing Frank in Die Fledermaus and Snug in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
As a member of Virginia Opera’s 2019-2020 Herndon Foundation Emerging Artist Program, Lee will study-cover Sciarrone, Sacristan, Angelotti and Jailer in Tosca, and sing the role of Thug #4 and cover Di Cosimo in Il Postino. He will also cover-study Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola, and Amonasro in Aida, and perform in the Fall/Spring Education and Outreach Tour.