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Julius Ahn

Tenor

Versatile tenor Julius Ahn delights audiences around the world with his unique interpretations. Of his signature role, Goro in Madama Butterfly, critics hail “As the marriage broker Goro, tenor Julius Ahn was in his element, delivering the wickedness of his character with gusto.” Mr. Ahn recently performed the role in his début at San Francisco Opera as well as with Canadian Opera Company, Palm Beach Opera, Vancouver Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, and at the Royal Albert Hall in London. This season, Ahn will perform Bardolfo in Falstaff with Omaha Opera and reprise the role of Pang in Turandot, another signature role, with San Francisco Opera, Vancouver Opera, and Tulsa Opera.

Sep
2017

Sep-08
to
Sep-30
Turandot
Pang
San Francisco Opera
San Francisco, CA
Oct
2017

Oct-13
to
Oct-21
Turandot
Pang
Vancouver Opera
Vancouver, BC
Nov
2017

Nov-18
to
Dec-09
Turandot
Pang
San Francisco Opera
San Francisco, CA
Feb
2018

Feb-09
to
Feb-11
Falstaff
Bardolfo
Opera Omaha
Omaha, NE
Apr
2018

Apr-27
to
Apr-29
Turandot
Pang
Tulsa Opera
Tulsa, OK
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…in his element…
Madama Butterfly “As the marriage broker Goro, tenor Julius Ahn was in his element, delivering the wickedness of his character with gusto.”Palm Beach Daily News
…commanding and brave…
 Stuck Elevator “Julius Ahn is brilliant as the unassuming delivery man, neatly balancing the passive nature of a man who needs to remain invisible from the police with the deep desire to be seen and known for who he really is. His powerful voice molds itself around the operatic melodies provided by Yong, and we get our first glimpse of the real Guang; commanding and brave beneath the veneer of docile deliveryman.” – Broadway World 
…gave a lithe, multi-faceted performance…
Turandot  “Eugene Villanueva (Ping), Julius Ahn (Pang) and Scott Ramsey (Pong), dressed in lively, brilliantly colored costumes, were smartly matched in vocal power and skill, giving us an extra dose of credibility and humanity instead of pandering for comic relief. Ahn in particular gave a lithe, multi-faceted performance.”Opera News 
…strong voices and excellent English diction…
 The Emperor of Atlantis  “The singers were well chosen for strong voices and excellent English diction… Tenor Julius Ahn and soprano Kathryn Skemp, the only two principal singers who had appeared previously with BLO, were touching as the boy and girl soldiers who find love as their answer to war.” – The Boston Phoenix 
…displays great physical humor…
Giasone “Enough cannot be said for the astonishing cast. Julius Ahn displays great physical humor as Demo and makes the on-going joke of his character’s stutter funnier with every scene.”– Chicago Stage Review
Versatile tenor Julius Ahn delights audiences around the world with his unique interpretations. Of his signature role, Goro in Madama Butterfly, critics hail “As the marriage broker Goro, tenor Julius Ahn was in his element, delivering the wickedness of his character with gusto.” Mr. Ahn recently performed the role in his début at San Francisco Opera as well as with Canadian Opera Company, Palm Beach Opera, Vancouver Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, and at the Royal Albert Hall in London.This season, Ahn will perform Bardolfo in Falstaff with Omaha Opera and reprise the role of Pang in Turandot, another signature role, with San Francisco Opera, Vancouver Opera, and Tulsa Opera.

In recent seasons, Mr. Ahn grabbed the attention of operagoers as he joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera for performances of The Nose, Turandot, and Die Fledermaus and made his main stage début as the Second Priest in Die Zauberflöte. He later performed in Rigoletto with the esteemed opera house. He also performed the role of Pang in Turandot with Michigan Opera Theatre, Utah Symphony & Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Pittsburgh Opera, Atlanta Opera, and in his débuts with Seattle Opera and Cincinnati Opera; reprised the role of Goro in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at Opera Carolina, Nashville Opera, San Francisco Opera, and the Northern Lights Music Festival; sang Monastatos in Die Zauberflöte with Opera Carolina, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Michigan Opera Theatre and Opera Omaha; Mark in Michael Tippett’s The Midsummer Marriage with Boston Modern Orchestra Project at Jordan Hall; and Basilio and Curzio in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro with Lyric Opera Baltimore.

Ahn was cast in the lead role of Guang in Stuck Elevator by Byron Au Yong and Aaron Jafferis with the Sundance Institute Theatre Lab 2011 at The Banff Centre, as well as with the Sundance Institute Theatre Lab 2012 at White Oak. He performed the role in the world première with the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, which earned him an Award for Outstanding Achievement in Theatre (Principal Actor in a Musical) from the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle. He later reprised the role with The Arts and Ideas Festival in New Haven, Connecticut, and did so again with New York Theatre Workshop.

Previously he portrayed Sellem in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress with Princeton Festival; Bégearss in Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles with Aspen Opera Theater Center; and Demo in Cavalli’s Giasone with Chicago Opera Theater. He was also seen as Conrado in a workshop performance of Long Season by Chay Yew and Fabian Obispo, as part of Huntington Theatre Company’s Breaking Ground Festival.

Ahn attended the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied with the world-renowned tenor Vinson Cole and performed a wide range of operatic roles.

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