SeokJong Baek has continued to draw international attention following his Royal Opera House debut in May 2022 as Samson in Richard Jones’s new production of Saint-Saëns Samson et Dalila, and is fast establishing himself as an artist of note, winning widespread praise for his arresting lirico/spinto sound and refined technical accomplishment.
His critically-acclaimed portrayal of Samson was not only a house and role debut, but also his professional debut as a tenor, having transitioned from baritone over the coronavirus lockdown period. As a baritone, he was an Adler Fellow and a member of the Merola Programme at the San Francisco Opera, as well as a former resident artist of the Lyric Opera of Kansas and an alumnus of the Manhattan School of Music.
Recent highlights include as series of role debuts as Turiddu Cavalleria Rusticana at the Royal Opera House, conducted by Antonio Pappano, and Radamès Aida in concert with Karel Mark Chichon and the Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria alongside Elīna Garanča.
This season will include a series of major house and role debuts across Europe and the US, along with his return to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Radamès Aida. Further ahead, Baek looks forward to making his much-anticipated Metropolitan Opera debut in New York.
'His thrilling vocalism confirms that a new tenor star is born.'
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'Baek has a glorious young lyric-heroic tenor voice, wielded with technical perfection from stentorian battlecries to tenderest soft singing.'
'Baek sounds every inch the hero, his bright tenor cutting through above the dark orchestral sonorities.'