Siman Chung - Countertenor

Siman Chung, Countertenor

Siman Chung, countertenor, a native of Busan, South Korea, recently made his debut with Korea National Opera in the role of Grifone in Vivaldi's ORLANDO FINTO PAZZO, and appeared in concert with the United Philharmonic Orchestra at the Seoul Arts Center. He previously appeared in the title role in RINALDO with the European Early Music Festival. He is a finalist and winner of “Best Vocal Performance by a Young Talent” in the Alexander Girardi International Singing Competition in Coburg, Germany, and a finalist and winner of the “Best Countertenor Prize” in the Francisco Viñas International Singing Competition in Barcelona, Spain.

In December 2015, Siman Chung made his debut at Carnegie Hall, singing MESSIAH with The Cecilia Chorus.

Mr. Chung has been heard with Mannes Opera in excerpts from RINALDO, GIULIO CESARE, and as Idamante in IDOMENEO in a concert evening of opera scenes. His most recent success was in the leading role of the Refugee in Jonathan Dove’s FLIGHT with Mannes Opera.

In March, 2017, he will make his NY recital debut, presented by Opera Index as their Emerging Arist. And, in spring of this year, he returns to Korea National Opera, to repeat his role in the Vivaldi opera.

For the 2017-18 season, Siman Chung joins the roster of the Metropolitan Opera.

Mr. Chung was the winner of Opera Index's Arthur E. Walter Memorial Award, for $7,500 in 2015, and in spring 2016, he won First Prize in the Gerda Lissner Foundation Competition. Additionally, Siman was the 2016-17 recipient of the prestegious Sullivan Foundation award.  

Opera Repertoire

Composer Opera Role
Dove Flight Refugee
Händel Giulio Cesare Sesto
Händel Rinaldo Rinaldo
Britten Midsummer Night's Dream Oberon

Concert Repertoire

Composer Composition Role
Bach St. Matthew Passion Alto Soloist
Händel Messiah Alto Soloist

Press Acclaim

As the Refugee, Siman Chung offered a creamy countertenor and a subtle characterization of an indefinably traumatized and disenfranchised man. His desperate yearning to belong was present in his watchful gaze and hopeful body language even when he silently observed the others.


South Korean counter-tenor Siman Chung brought a voice of power and emotion to the role of Grifone suggesting readiness for even larger counter-tenor assignments internationally.


Crude furie degli orridi abissi - Serse, Händel, United Philharmonic Orchestra

L'alma del forte - Orlando finto pazzo, Vivaldi, Korea National Opera

Alla rosa rugiadosa - Orlando finto pazzo, Vivaldi, Korea National Opera

Son reo, l'error confesso - Mitridate, W. A. Mozart

Le Temps des Lilas - E. Chausson

My Life's Delight - R. Quilter

Press Kit

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Biography (.pdf)

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