Korean soprano Hye Jung Lee made her professional debut with San Francisco Opera in 2012 as Madame Mao in Nixon in China. She is an alumna of the 2010 Merola Opera Program, where she was heard as Giannetta in L’Elisir d’Amore. Among her awards are: winner of the fifth Shizuoka International Opera Competition (2008), the fifty-eighth ARD International Music Competition (2009), a Career Bridges Grant (2009), the Maria Callas International Music Competition (2011), and being a national semi-finalist of Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (2013). The soprano also represented Korea in 2011’s BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. She made her debut at Carnegie Hall as a soloist in Mozart’s Mass in C Minor and in Bach’s Weihnachts Oratorio with the St. Cecilia Orchestra and Chorus. She was a member of Florida Grand Opera’s Young Artist Program and has performed Papagena (Die Zauberflöte) and Lisa (La Sonnambula) with that company. She holds degrees from Indiana University, Mannes College of Music, Seoul National University, and Dresden Musik Hochschule.