Die Entdeckung: Tenor James Lee … Als eine veritable Entdeckung erwies sich der junge südkoreanische Tenor James Lee als Calaf: Lyrischer Schmelz und eine hell strahlende, souveräne Höhenlage brachten am Schluss von „Nessun dorma“ das Grazer Publikum zu Recht zum corridaartigen Toben. – Die Presse

Born in South Korea, James Lee studied singing at the University of Yeungnam in Kyongsan, South Korea and later at the Robert Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf, Germany.
In 2011-2013 James Lee was the finalist and prize winner at numerous competitions, among them the First Prize at the International Singing Competition Masters of Lyrical Art – Valentin Teodorian in Bucharest, Romania and First Prize and Special Prize at the Competizione dell’Opera 2013 in Linz, Austria.
After winning this latest award, he made his debut as Calaf in a new production of Turandot at the Graz Opera and as Arrigo in I Vespri Siciliani at the Theater Freiburg, as well as Radames in a new production of Aida at Opernfestspiele St. Margarethen, staged by renowned director Robert Dornhelm.
The following seasons he performed Don José (Carmen) and Manrico (Il trovatore) at the Theater Freiburg, as well as Riccardo (Un ballo in maschera) at Saarländisches Staatstheater Saarbrücken, Radames (Aida) at Cairo Opera House in Egypt.
His latest engagements include Calaf (Turandot) with Maestro Antoni Wit at the Teatr Wielki in Łódź, Poland, as Radames (Aida) at Schlossfestspiele Schwerin of Mecklenburgischen Staatstheaters Schwerin, as Radames in a Franco Zeffirelli’s production of Aida at State Opera House of Georgia and as Calaf(Turandot) at Daegu Opera House and Seoul Art Center, as Radames(Aida) at Praha National Theatre and Theater Dortmund.


[2022/23]

Nixon in China – Mao Tse-tung : Theater Dortmund, Germany

[2021/22]

Tosca – Mario Cavaradossi : Theater Dortmund, Germany

Fernand Cortez – Telasco : Theater Dortmund, Germany

[2020/21]

Carmen – Don José : Theater Dortmund, Germany( CANCELLED )

Quanto amore! – Operngala : Theater Winterthur, Swiss

Quanto amore! – Operngala : Theater Dortmund, Germany

Turandot – Calaf : Konzert Theater Coesfeld – Theater Dortmund, Germany( CANCELLED )

[2019/20]

Madama Butterfly – Pinkerton : Theater Dortmund, Germany

Belcanto Operngala : Alte Oper Frankfurt, Germany

Aida – Radamès : Luxor Festaval – Temple of Hatshepsut, Egypt

Tosca – Mario Cavaradossi : Teatro di San Carlo, Italy

Aida – Radamès : National Theatre Prague, Czech Republic

Aida – Radamès : Opera Nationala Romana Iasi, Romania

Il Trovatore – Manrico : Landestheater Linz, Austria

Aida – Radamès : Theater Winterthur, Swiss( CANCELLED )

Fernand Cortez – Telasco : Theater Dortmund, Germany( CANCELLED )

Aida – Radamès : Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz, München, Germany( CANCELLED )

[2018/19]

Aida – Radamès : Theater Dortmund, Germany

Aida – Radamès : Cairo Opera House, Egypt

Aida – Radamès : National Theatre Prague, Czech Republic

Turandot – Calaf : Theater Dortmund, Germany

Samson et Dalila – Samson : Teatr Wielki w Łodzi, Poland

Turandot – Calaf : Teatr Wielki w Łodzi, Poland

Turandot – Calaf : International Istanbul Opera Festival, Turkey

Turandot – Calaf : Seoul Art Center, South Korea

[2017/18]

Turandot – Calaf : Teatr Wielki w Łodzi, Poland

Aida – Radamès : National Theatre Prague, Czech Republic

Messa da Requiem – G. Verdi : Teatro Veriano Luchetti, Basilica di San Pietro, Tuscania, Italy

Aida – Radamès : Cairo Opera House, Egypt

[2016/17]

Turandot – Calaf : Adama Didura Festival Turandot in Sanocki Dom Kultury, Poland

Turandot – Calaf : Teatr Wielki w Łodzi, Poland (Conductor : Antoni Wit)

“The Best opera, best scenes” Opera Gala Concert : Daegu Opera House, Korea (Conductor : Daniel Lipton)

Aida – Radamès : State Opera House of Georgia, Tbilisi, Georgia

Messa da Requiem – G. Verdi : Teatro Politeama Catanzaro, Italy

Turandot – Calaf : Daegu Opera House, Korea (Conductor : János Ács , Director : Hiroki Ihara)

[2015/16]

Aida – Radamès : Cairo Opera House, Egypt

Turandot – Calaf : Teatr Wielki w Łodzi, Poland (Conductor : Antoni Wit)

Aida – Radamès : Mecklenburgisches Staatstheater Schwerin, Germany

[2014/15]

Carmen – Don José : Theater Freiburg, Germany

Carmen – Don José : Theater Wintertur, Swiss

Il Trovatore – Manrico : Theater Freiburg, Germany

Il Trovatore – Manrico : Stadttheater Fürth, Germany

Un ballo in maschera – Riccardo : Saarländisches Staatstheater Saarbrücken, Germany

[2013/14]

I Vespri Siciliani – Arrigo : Theater Freiburg, Germany

Turandot – Calaf : Oper Graz, Austria (Director : Marco Arturo Marelli)

Aida – Radamès : Opernfestspiele St.Margarethen, Austria (Director : Robert Dornhelm)

[2012/13]

Turandot – Calaf : Bucharest National Opera, Romania

Tannhäuser – Tannhäuser : Bucharest National Opera, Romania

[2011/12]

Turandot – Calaf : Bucharest National Opera, Romania