Imagine being invited by a world-renowned opera legend to move to a country where you don’t speak the language.
Would you hesitate? Or embrace the opportunity?
This is how the powerful and sonorous baritone Kihun Yoon, a native of Seoul, South Korea, answers the question.
“I first met Plácido Domingo in Verona at the 2013 Operalia Competition. When we first spoke, Maestro Domingo told me that I was using my vocal skill in a very dangerous way, and if I continued, I could be shortening my singing career.”
Maestro Domingo encouraged Kihun to preserve his voice and invited him to join the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program (YAP) in L.A. “We couldn’t meet for some time because I lived in Germany and Maestro was traveling all over the world.” When they later reconnected, the maestro again invited Kihun to join one of his training programs in either Los Angeles, Valencia, Spain or Washington, D.C. Even with his lack of English, Kihun chose the City of Angels.
Click here to read the full interview posted on OperaLeague.org.
Carol Ann Peterson retired from Corporate America as a Human Resources Director and lastly from Special Education administration in public schools. She has loved opera for 35 years, formerly active with Dallas and Philadelphia Opera companies. She’s back home in LA where she enjoys sharing opera with friends and introducing opera to the public through LA Opera’s Community Educators program.LA Opera is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the greater good.