Bio

Award-winning Coloratura Soprano Yungee Rhie has been acclaimed for possessing a shimmering, sparkling voice that is highlighted by her exquisite artistry and moving stage presence. Bloomington Herald Times has commended her Olympia (Les contes d'Hoffmann) as “terrifically funny and vocally agile.” The Herald Times has also recognized her portrayal of the Fairy Godmother (Le Cendrillon) as “enthusiastically and rightfully applauded for her vocal pyrotechnics.” Yungee also has been celebrated for having “scored heavily, eliciting extended applause from the packed house” for her Lakmé performance. Most recently, the Opera Insider raved over Yungee's Marie (La fille du régiment): “Great charm and bel canto style by Korean soprano Yungee Rhie whose liquid trill alone will get her very far”.

This season's engagements include multiple role debuts: Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute with Bare Opera, Norina in Don Pasquale with Gyeongsang Opera (Korea), Adina in L'elisir d'amore with Gyeongsang Opera, and Merab in Handel's oratorio Saul with Collegiate Singers. In addition, she made her solo stage debut on the Isaac Stern Auditorim/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall performing Handel's Let the Bright Seraphim. She was featured in operetta gala concert "My Song Goes 'Round the World" with Light Opera of New York at the National Opera Center and Bare Opera gala concert hosted by Lyric Chamber Society of NY. In LA, Yungee will be having recording sessions with ChoEun Lee, pianist and Michael Couper, saxophonist on their world premiere work of John Plant's Insomnia. While there, she will also give a CCM concert at the Korean Church of Southwest LA.

During 2015-2016 season, as a highly sought out contemporary musician, she presented a live streamed performance of a Pulitzer Prize Winner, Jennifer Higdon's song cycle Love Sweet in the Creators in Concert at the National Opera Center. She also gave a world premiere performance of John Plant's Insomnia at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in the same month. She was invited to reprise the role of Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Gyeongsang Opera at the Gyeongsang Culture & Art Center in South Korea. She also has performed with Jinju Chamber Orchestra as their guest artist. Yungee made her appearance as the Two Young Lovers in Il Tabbaro at the Bard Music Festival with American Symphony Orchestra.

During 2014-2015, Yungee joined and covered the soprano solo for the Bard Festival Chorale performing with The American Symphony Orchestra on the stage of Isaac Stern Auditorim/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall. She performed one of the most challenging contemporary pieces by Gheorghe Costinescu on his multimedia retrospective concert at Merkin Concert Hall. During the summer of 2015, she made her role debut as Susanna in Marriage of Figaro with the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh as their resident artist and also was presented in their multiple recital series. In addition, Yungee also presented her solo recital with pianist Eunkyung Lee in Seoul, South Korea. 

During 2013-2014, she made the role debut of Daphné in the Gotham Chamber Opera’s NY premiere of La descente d'Orphée aus enfers under the baton of Maestro Neal Goren at the Trinity Church. She also made her Carnegie Hall debut singing the excerpt from Haydn’s Die Schöpfung. In December, she was invited as a guest artist in the Winter Holiday Concert with the Mendelssohn Glee Club and Christmas concert with St.Anthony Church. An avid recitalist, she has been chosen to perform the world premiere of the SongFest 2014 commission by Jennifer Higdon, a Pulitzer Prize winner. With the Lysander Trio, she gave a stunning performance on Higdon’s song cycle Love Sweet. Yungee was the recipient of the Sorel Fellowship at SongFest awarded to an Outstanding Female Singer/Pianist. She also was selected as one of the four finalists in Joy in Singing Award Competition 2014. At Tanglewood Music Center 2013 where she received Dr. Richard M. Shiff Fellowship, she performed variety of genres including standard and contemporary art songs, cabaret songs, and chamber music. While there, she has worked closely with Phyllis Curtin, Dawn Upshaw, Lucy Shelton, Kayo Iwama, and Alan Smith. Since 2012, she has been receiving the Career Grant from the Schuyler Foundation for Career Bridges.  

As a concert artist, Yungee has appeared on the stages of the Isaac Stern Auditorium and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Merkin Concert Hall, New York Austrian Cultural Forum, German Consulate, and Seiji Ozawa Hall among others. Her oratorio works includes Handel Messiah, Handel Saul, Mozart Requiem, Mozart Coronation Mass, Haydn Die Schöpfung, Bach St.John Passion, Brahms Requiem, Vivaldi Gloria, Stravinsky Mass, Mendelssohn Psalm 115, Fauré Requiem, L.A. Schnittke Requiem, Irlandini Luna, Michael Cox Deo Gratias, Kevin James Sadako Oratorio (World Premiere), Julian Yu New Year’s Mass (World Premiere), Yoomi Paick Credo (World Premiere), Ligeti Requiem (cover) with American Symphony Orchestra, Pro Arte, Symphonic Choir, Motet Choir, Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, Collegiate Singers and Chodae Community Church.

As a natural actress and performer on stage, Yungee has portrayed Die Königin der Nacht in Die Zauberflöte, Olympia in Les contes d'Hoffmann, La Fée in Le Cendrillon, Marie in La fille du régiment, Frasquita in Carmen, Nightingale in L'Enfant et les Sortilèges, Daphné in La descente d'Orphée aus enfers, Norina in Don Pasquale, Nannetta in Falstaff, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Susanna in Marriage of Figaro, Dorinda in Orlando, First Witch in Dido and Aeneas and Euridice/La Speranza in L'Orfeo, Two Young Lovers in Il Tabbaro with Gotham Chamber Opera, Bard SummerScape, Opera North Young Artist Program, Opera Theater in Pittsburgh, Mannes Opera Young Artist Program, Indiana University, Bloomington Early Music Festival, Bare Opera, dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, Gyungsang Opera, Rutgers Church, Morningside Opera, and BASOTI.

Yungee has won numerous awards and scholarships from Sorel Organization, Tanglewood Music Center, Mario Lanza Institute Scholarship Competition, Schuyler Foundation for Career Bridges, New York Lyric Opera Theater Vocal Competition, New York Foundation for the Arts, Violetta Dupont Vocal Competition, Orpheus Vocal Competition, Young Singers Foundation, Opera Idol Competition, Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Competition, Mannes College, Indiana University, and Ewha Womans University. Yungee was a semi-finalist at the Hans Gabor Belvedere International Competition and the International Ferrucio Tagliavini Competition, both in Austria. She has also been selected as a finalist at the Joy in Singing Award Artist Competition, Meistersinger Competition in Austria, Liederkranz Competition, National Opera Association Vocal Competition, and Connecticut Opera Guild Vocal Competition.

She holds her Professional Studies Diploma from Mannes College of Music, Master of Music degree from Indiana University, and Bachelor of Music degree from Ewha Womans University.