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.
This season, Ahn will sing Monastatos in Die Zauberflöte at Hawaii Opera Theatre and Michigan Opera Theatre, and reprise the role of Goro in Madama Butterfly for Vancouver Opera. In future seasons, he is slated to appear at Opera Philadelphia and San Francisco 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, and made his main stage début as the Second Priest in Die Zauberflöte. He also performed the role of Pang in Turandot in his débuts with Seattle Opera and Cincinnati Opera, and later with Michigan Opera Theatre and Utah Symphony & Opera; made his highly acclaimed débuts as Goro in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with Palm Beach Opera, Canadian Opera Company, and at the Royal Albert Hall in London, reprised the role at Opera Carolina and Nashville Opera; sang Monastatos in Die Zauberflöte with Opera Carolina and Opera Omaha; and performed Mark in Michael Tippett’s The Midsummer Marriage with Boston Modern Orchestra Project at Jordan Hall.
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 will do so again this season with New York Theatre Workshop.
Ahn’s recent engagements also include Basilio and Curzio in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro with Lyric Opera Baltimore; 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.