2018–19 Season: The Fiakermilli in Arabella
Korean soprano Hye Jung Lee made her San Francisco Opera debut as Madame Mao in John Adams’ Nixon in China. She returned to the Company the following year to sing Olympia in Tales of Hoffmann, and in 2017 she created the role of Ah Sing for the world premiere of John Adams' Girls of the Golden West. In 2015, Lee joined the ensemble of Theater Kiel in Germany where she has performed Gilda from Rigoletto, Zerbinetta from Ariadne auf Naxos, Queen of the Night from Die Zauberflöte, Susanna from Le Nozze di Figaro, Ortlinde from Die Walküre, Amor from Orphée et Eurydice, and Woglinde from Das Rheingold, among other roles. Recent seasons have also taken her to New Zealand Opera for Madame Mao and Saarländisches Staatstheater in Saarbrücken for Queen of the Night. Other career highlights include the role of Papagena from Die Zauberflöte, Lisa from La Sonnambula at Florida Grand Opera, and Queen of the Night at Dayton Opera. Lee has appeared as a soloist in Mozart’s Mass in C Minor in 2009 with St. Cecilia Orchestra and Chorus at Isaac Stern Auditorium in Carnegie Hall. The following year, she returned to Carnegie Hall, singing as a soloist in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. An alumna of the Merola Opera Program, Lee is a graduate of Indiana University, Seoul National University, and the Mannes College of Music. In 2013, she was a national semifinalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.