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Julius Ahn

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Julius Ahn

T E N O R

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Biography


AGMA  •  AEA  •  CAEA

Biography


AGMA  •  AEA  •  CAEA

Lauded as “brilliant” [Broadway World] and praised for his “golden-toned” voice [San Francisco Chronicle], this internationally acclaimed Korean-American tenor will open the 2016-2017 Season by making his début with Opera Philadelphia as Pang in TURANDOT by Puccini, a role he has also performed with Seattle Opera, Utah Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, and Cincinnati Opera.  Also, as part of the 2016-2017 Season, Julius returns to San Francisco Opera, to reprise Goro in MADAMA BUTTERFLY by Puccini, a role which has become a signature in his repertoire, having performed the role with Palm Beach Opera, Opera Carolina, Nashville Opera, San Francisco Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Michigan Opera Theatre, and Vancouver Opera, as well as in his London début in the spectacular in-the-round production presented by Raymond Gubbay, Ltd., at the famed Royal Albert Hall.  Julius also returns to The Metropolitan Opera for THE MAGIC FLUTE by Mozart and RIGOLETTO by Verdi.  Additionally, Julius reprises Pang in two additional company débuts, with Pittsburgh Opera and Atlanta Opera, respectively.  In future seasons, Julius returns to San Francisco Opera, Vancouver Opera, and Opera Omaha, and makes his début with Tulsa Opera.

2015-2016 Season included his début with Cincinnati Opera as Pang in TURANDOT; a return to Hawaii Opera Theatre, as well as, to Michigan Opera Theatre, as Monostatos in THE MAGIC FLUTE by Mozart; a return to The Metropolitan Opera for TURANDOT and DIE FLEDERMAUS by J. Strauss Jr.; and, respective débuts with Vancouver Opera and Northern Lights Music Festival, as Goro in MADAMA BUTTERFLY.

Julius joined the roster of The Metropolitan Opera as part of its 2013-2014 Season in its production of THE NOSE by Shostakovich, and went on to make his stage début as the Second Priest in THE MAGIC FLUTE.  Additional notable engagements include roles in THE NOSE with Opera Boston; Tanzmeister and Brighella in ARIADNE AUF NAXOS by R. Strauss, Soldier in THE EMPEROR OF ATLANTIS by Ullmann, and Padre Ruffiano in THE INSPECTOR by Musto, with Boston Lyric Opera; Demo in GIASONE by Cavalli with Chicago Opera Theater; Sellem in RAKE’S PROGRESS by Stravinsky with the Princeton Festival; Basilio and Curzio with Lyric Opera Baltimore and Bar Harbor Music Festival; Mark in THE MIDSUMMER MARRIAGE by Tippett, in concert, with Boston Modern Orchestra Project at Jordan Hall; and, Monostatos in THE MAGIC FLUTE with Opera Carolina and Opera Omaha.

After being cast in STUCK ELEVATOR by Byron Au Yong and Aaron Jafferis, as part of the 2011 Sundance Institute Theatre Labs at Banff Centre, and again, at White Oak, Julius went on to create the lead role of Guang in the triumphant World Premiere with American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.  His performances earned him the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Theatre in 2013 – Principal Actor in a Musical, from the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle.  He later reprised the role at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut, as part of The International Festival of Arts and Ideas, and also with New York Theatre Workshop.  Julius has also performed the principal role of Conrado in a workshop performance of LONG SEASON by Chay Yew and Fabian Obispo, as part of Huntington Theatre Company’s 'Breaking Ground Festival.'  Additional role credits include King of Siam in THE KING AND I and Duke/Dr. Carrasco in MAN OF LA MANCHA, as well as, roles in TITANIC, RAGTIME, and CAMELOT.

Julius attended the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied with the world-renowned tenor Vinson Cole, and performed a wide range of roles.

Awards


Awards

Awards


Awards

Winner

San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle

PRINcipal Actor in a Musical

Guang
STUCK ELEVATOR by Au Yong & Jafferis
American Conservatory Theater
2013

Directors


Directors

Directors


Directors

Edward Berkeley

Garnett Bruce

Michael Cavanagh

Ron Daniels

Renaud Doucet

Peter DuBois

Eric Einhorn

David Freeman

Allison Grant

Ed Sylvanus Iskandar

Gina Lapinski

Leon Majors

Brian Macdonald

Denni Sayers

David Schweizer

Leslie Swackhamer

Bernard Uzan

Justin Way

Chay Yew

Conductors


Conductors

Conductors


Conductors

Yves Abel

David Agler

David Angus

Bruno Aprea

Matthew Aucoin

Nicholas Cleobury

Christian Curnyn

Leslie Dala

Arthur Fagen

Giuseppe Finzi

Asher Fisch

Hal France

Valerio Galli

Oliver Gooch

Stephen Lord

Nicola Luisotti

Joseph Rescigno

Gil Rose

Corrado Rovaris

José Ramon Tebar

Antony Walker

Education & Training


Education•Training

Education & Training


Education•Training


Aspen Music Festival & School
Aspen Opera Theater Center

2010

Bégearss
THE GHOSTS OF VERSAILLES by Corigliano

 

New England Conservatory of Music

2006 - 2008

The Impresario
THE IMPRESARIO by Mozart
2008

Egisto
EGISTO by Cavalli
2008

Roger Doremus
SUMMER AND SMOKE by Hoiby
2007

Mercury
ORPHEUS IN THE UNDERWORLD by Offenbach
2007

Sailor
DIDO AND AENEAS by Purcell
2007

The Son
THE BREASTS OF TIRÉSIAS by Poulenc
2006

 

University of Washington

2004 - 2006

Basilio
LE NOZZE DI FIGARO by Mozart
2006

Orphée
ORPHÉE AUX ENFERS by Offenbach
2005

 

Hawaii Opera Theatre
Mae Z. Orvis Opera Studio

2001 - 2004

St. Brioche
THE MERRY WIDOW by Léhar
Hawaii Opera Theatre
2004

Parpignol
LA BOHÈME by Puccini
Hawaii Opera Theatre
2003

Kaspar
AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS by Menotti
2002 & 2003

La Théière, et. al.
L'ENFANT ET LES SORTILÈGES by Ravel
2001