Baritone Kidon Choi (Iago, Singer) is currently in his second year as a member of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. This season he was seen as José Castro in La fanciulla del West conducted by Marco Armiliato and the Herald in Otello conducted by Gustavo
Dudamel, both at the Met. In the 2017-2018 season, he made his Metropolitan debut as Prince Yamadori in Madama Butterfly and performed the title role in Rigoletto at Wolf Trap Opera. During the summer of 2017 he returned to Chautauqua Opera for Rigoletto following his 2016 debut as Marcello in La bohème. Additional roles include Germont in La traviata, Amonasro in Aida, Don
Alfonso in Così fan tutte, Dr. Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore, Rodomonte in Haydn’s Orlando Paladino, and Peter in Hänsel und Gretel. Upcoming engagements include a debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Tonio in I pagliacci with North Carolina Opera conducted by Keitaro Harada.
Mr. Choi received second prize in the 2018 Giulio Gari International Vocal Competition, fourth prize in the 2018 Loren L. Zachary Competition, first prize in the 2017 Alfredo Silipigni Vocal Competition, first prize/audience prize in the 2017 Cooper-Bing 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 2016 Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation auditions. Kidon earned his professional studies diploma from Mannes School of Music, his master’s degree at Manhattan School of Music, and his bachelor’s degree from Hanyang University in Seoul, South Korea.