2014 began with Korean born tenor Dongwon Shinís appearance with Opera Carolina in Tabarro to glowing reviews. 2013 saw his debut with Arizona Opera as Manrico which he also performed in Montreal in 2012, which was followed by his return to Dresden for his this role. In 2011 he made his debut as Radames at Covent Garden and just prior at the Vienna Staatsoper, and later in the spring performed Manrico in his return to Ft. Worth Opera. Earlier in 2011 he had performed the Verdi Requiem as well as Samson at the teatro Verdi, Trieste. He also recently debuted with San Francisco Opera as Radames and performed Manrico in Dresden last season. He also covered Dick Johnson in San Francisco's Fanciulla. Last year he performed Radames after performing his signature role Calaf again with Dayton Opera. In summer 2008 he sang a "thrilling" Radames in the Savonlinna Festival's Aida. Earlier in 2008 he san Calaf to glowing reviews with Ft. Worth Opera: "Tenor Dongwon Shin met the challenge on Saturday. His Nessun dorma was the highlight of an incredible evening for him and for the Fort Worth Opera". That spring he also sang Manrico in Il Trovatore with Nashville Opera after making his Italian debut as Samson in Lecce. Just prior he was Calaf in Turandot with Palm Beach Opera having just performed this role with Opera New Zealand as "a superb Calaf with a wonderfully strong, fully italianate voice, and brought the house down in Nessun Dorma". He made his professional operatic debut in 2005 as Radames in Aida with Opera Company of Philadelphia. In 2007 he made a dramatic debut with Opera Australia as Calaf in Turandot, arriving the day before the opening and receiving both public and critical acclaim-and has been reengaged to return in 2009.
Mr. Shin has also sung with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Christoph Eschenbach in the Gala Concert celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Academy of Music. He first sang Calaf in Turandot with Santa Fe Opera in 2005 and subsequently sang it at the Thessaloniki Concert Hall Association.
Other recent engagements have included Radames in Aida with Houston Grand Opera under Carlo Rizzi, the title role in Samson et Dalila with Dayton Opera, Canio in Pagliacci with Opera Delaware, Pollione in Norma with Michigan Opera Theatre, and the Verdi Requiem with the Delaware Symphony.
Mr. Shin distinguished himself early in many competitions including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (National Finalist), Loren Zachary, Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation Competition, Caruso-Altamura International Competition, Maria Anderson Competition, Giargiari Competition (1st & Audience Favorite). A 2005 graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, he sang the title role in Puccini's Edgar and Gennaro in Lucrezi Borgia. Before attending AVA, he received a BM in Music from Seoul National University and attended Indiana U.
This summer, he appeared as a guest artist at the 20th Anniversary Sergio Franchi Gala. Next season he performs Cavaradossi in Korea and has concerts in Seoul and throughout Korea. New roles coming up include Don Jose in Carmen.