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Julius Ahn

Tenor

Versatile tenor Julius Ahn has been delighting audiences across the country 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 débuts at San Francisco Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Opera Carolina, and Nashville Opera.  In recent seasons, Mr. Ahn joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera making his main stage début as the Second Priest in Die Zauberflöte. He also performed the role of Pang in Turandot in his début with Seattle Opera and later with Michigan Opera Theatre and Utah Symphony & Opera; and sang Monastatos in Die Zauberflöte with Opera Carolina and Opera Omaha.

 

Oct
2014

Oct-10
to
Oct-30
Madama Butterfly
Goro
Canadian Opera Company
Toronto, Canada
Feb
2015

Feb-26
to
Mar-15
Madama Butterfly
Goro
Royal Albert Hall
London, UK
Jul
2015

Jul-25
to
Jul-31
Turandot
Pang
Cincinnati Opera
Cincinnati, OH
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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
…sharply focused tenor…
The Ghosts of Versailles - “Julius Ahn deployed a sharply focused tenor as the villain, Bégearss, his signature ‘Worm’ aria especially intense.”The Aspen Times
…voice is pleasant and lovely…
The Emperor of Atlantis - “Ahn’s tenor voice is pleasant and lovely, portraying truth and virtue to his role, as his voice rises gracefully among the romance of the scene.”The Uptempo Magazine
Composer Opera Role
Beethoven Fidelio Jaquino
Bernstein Candide Title role
Bizet Carmen Remendado
Britten A Midsummer Night’s Dream Flute, Snout
Peter Grimes Bob Boles
Cavalli Giasone Demo
Corigliano The Ghosts of Versailles Begearss
Floyd Susannah Little Bat
Gilbert & Sullivan The Mikado Nanki-Poo
Giordano Andrea Chénier The Abbé/The Incredible
Gounod Roméo et Juliette Tybalt
Humperdinck Hänsel und Gretel The Witch (Die Hexe)
Lehár Das Land des Lächelns Prince Sou-Chong
The Merry Widow Raoul de St. Brioche
Leoncavallo Pagliacci Beppe
Massenet Manon Guillot
Menotti Amahl and the Night Visitors Kaspar
Mussorgsky Boris Godunov The yuródivïy (Holy Fool)
Mozart Die Entführung aus dem Serail Pedrillo
The Impresario Title role
Le nozze di Figaro Basilio, Curzio
Die Zauberflöte Monostatos
Offenbach Les contes d’Hoffmann Andrès, Cochenille, Frantz, Pitichinaccio
Orphée aux enfers Orphée, Mercure
Poulenc Les mamelles de Tirésias Le Journaliste, Le Fils
Puccini La fanciulla del West Nick
Gianni Schicchi Rinuccio, Gherardo
Madama Butterfly Goro
Manon Lescaut Edmondo, Dancing Master, Lamplighter
La rondine Prunier
Il tabarro Tinca
Tosca Spoletta
Turandot Pang, Pong
Smetana The Bartered Bride Vasek
Strauss, J. Die Fledermaus Eisenstein
Strauss, R. Ariadne auf Naxos Tanzmeister, Brighella
Der Rosenkavalier Valzacchi, Italian Singer
Salome Herod, Jews
Stravinsky The Rake’s Progress Sellem
Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin Triquet
Tippett The Midsummer Marriage Mark
Ullmann Der Kaiser von Atlantis Harlequin, Soldier
Verdi Falstaff Bardolfo, Dr. Caius
Otello Cassio
Verdi Rigoletto Borsa
Wagner Der fliegende Holländer Der Steuermann
Die Meistersinger David
Der Ring des Nibelungen Mime, Loge
Composer Work  
Bach Magnificat
Mass in B Minor
St. John Passion
St. Matthew Passion
Beethoven Missa Solemnis
Ninth Symphony
Dvořák Mass in D
Mahler Das Lied von der Erde
Mendelssohn Elijah
Mozart Requiem
Orff Carmina Burana
Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music
Verdi Requiem
Versatile tenor Julius Ahn has been delighting audiences across the country 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.

In coming seasons, Mr. Ahn will appear as Goro in Madama Butterfly for his débuts with both the Canadian Opera Company and at the Royal Albert Hall in London, will sing Pang in Turandot in his début with Cincinnati Opera, and will perform at Hawaii Opera Theatre and the Opera Company of Philadelphia.

In recent seasons, Mr. Ahn has 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 début with Seattle 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, 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.

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.

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