(Jeon-Ju, South Korea)
Baritone and first-year San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow SeokJong Baek makes his San Francisco Opera and role debuts as Moralès in Carmen. He was a participant of the 2018 Merola Opera Program, where he was featured in the Schwabacher Summer Concert. Formerly a resident artist of the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, he performed the role of Yamadori (Madama Butterfly) with that company in November. Other credits include La Traviata (Germont) with Aspen Music Festival, La Bohéme (Marcello, cover) with Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance Program and Das Land des Lächelns (Tschang) and Le Roi l'a Dit (Gautru) with Manhattan School of Music. His many awards received in 2018 include 1st place in the Alan M. and Joan Taub Ades Vocal competition, 3rd place at the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition, a grant from the Giulio Gari competition and special prize at the Sonora International Opera Competition Francisco Araiza in Mexico. Baek is a recipient of the Presser Foundation and Mae Zenke Orvis Scholarship in Opera Studies, and earned his bachelor and master’s degrees from the Manhattan School of Music.