Siman Chung - Countertenor

Siman Chung, Countertenor      

Siman Chung, countertenor from Busan, South Korea, returned to the Metropolitan Opera for the 2021-22 season, to participate in their productions of RODELINDA and AKHNATEN.

In the summer of 2022, he will sing the role of Siebel in FAUST for the first time at the Seoul Arts Center in Korea.

In 2022-23, he will join the San Francisco Opera for the first time. Later that season, he will return to San Francisco ,for concerts with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale. He will sing in the Three countertenors concert with L’orchestre de L’Opera Royal at Chateau de Versailles.

He will return to the role of ORPHEE in his debut with Edmonton Opera. In the spring of 2018, he made his role and company debut with Opera Columbus in the Berlioz version of Gluck’s opera ORPHEE ET EURYDICE.This same production then traveled to Toronto and the Banff Festival. In all three venues, he had a great personal success.

In 2018-19, Mr. Chung created a leading role in the new opera BEAUTY AND SADNESS, which had its World Premiere in Hong Kong. That season ,in New York, he sang concerts with Voices of Ascension and as a guest with Juilliard’s 415 Early Music Ensemble.

The 2016-17 season saw Mr. Chung’s return to Korea National Opera in Vivaldi’s ORLANDO FINTO PAZZO. That season ,he made his NY solo recital debut, presented by The Opera Index Foundation, after winning one of that organization’s prestigious Awards. In that same year, he also received a Grant from The Sullivan Foundation, and First Prize at the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition. In addition, he won the “Best Countertenor” Prize at the Francisco Vinas International Singing Competition in Barcelona.

Siman Chung made his debut at Carnegie Hall in 2015, singing Handel’s MESSIAH. He attended Mannes School of Music in NY, where he sang the leading role of the Refugee in Jonathan Dove’s opera FLIGHT, with Mannes Opera.

Opera Repertoire

Composer Opera Role
Britten Midsummer Night's Dream Oberon
Dove Flight Refugee
Gluck Orfeo ed Euridice Orfeo
Gluck (Berlioz version) Orphée et Eurydice Orphée
Händel Giulio Cesare Sesto
Händel Rinaldo Rinaldo
Händel Rodelinda Bertarido
Mozart Mitridate, Re di Ponto Farnace
Rossini Tancredi Tancredi
Johann Strauss Die Fledermaus Orlofsky

Concert Repertoire

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

Press Acclaim

Chung’s acrobatic counter-tenor was ideal, even though this role is most often voiced as tenor in this remounted Paris version (albeit with the overture cut). Chung has a ringing high F, florid ornamentation the likes of which we don’t hear nearly so well sung in North America, and he comes equipped with outlandish lung power and breathing ability.

In title role of ORPHEE, Banff Festival, 2018

Stephan Bonfield, Calgary Herald

The cast could hardly have been bettered. As Orphée, countertenor Siman Chung sizzled with firepower, star power, and every other kind of power. Mr. Chung has a haunting color to his meaty tone, with a thrilling brilliance to his upper range. While he lavished the famous laments with limpid, affecting tone, he also deployed his well-schooled instrument to fine effect as he ripped through spot-on passages of manic coloratura.

In title role of ORPHEE, Banff Festival, 2018

James Sohre, Opera Today

Chung has everything a countertenor brings to a role, the warmth and odd otherworldliness of the unnaturally high tessitura for a male singer, and the power to project passion with volume to spare. His performance was compelling both vocally and theatrically.

In title role of ORPHEE, Banff Festival, 2018

Bill Rankin, Classical Voice North America

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.


Dove sei, amato bene? - Rodelinda - G. F. Händel - Counter-Tenor Siman Chung

Quel nouveau ciel pare ces lieux- Orphée et Eurydice, Gluck

Venti Turbini - Rinaldo, Händel

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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