Baritone Kidon Choi made his Metropolitan Opera debut in the 2017–18 season as Prince Yamadori in Madama Butterfly. This summer he is performing the title role of Rigoletto at Wolf Trap Opera. He sang the same role at the Chautauqua Opera Company last summer, returning to the company following his 2016 debut as Marcello in La Bohème. While at Mannes School of Music, he performed Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte and Dr. Dulcamara in L’Elisir d’Amore. At the Manhattan School of Music, he was heard as Rodomonte in Haydn’s Orlando Paladino and Peter in Hänsel und Gretel.
Mr. Choi received second prize in the 2018 Giulio Gari International Vocal Competition, first prize in the 2017 Alfredo Silipigni Vocal Competition, third prize in the 2017 Opera at Florham Vocal Competition, second prize in the 2016 Gerda Lissner Competition, the Major Award in the 2016 Opera Index Vocal Competition, and was also a grant winner in the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation IVC 2016.
Mr. Choi earned his professional studies diploma from Mannes School of Music, completed his master’s degree at Manhattan School of Music, and received his bachelor’s degree from Hanyang University in Seoul.