Bio

Coloratura Soprano Yungee Rhie has been acclaimed for possessing a shimmering, warm 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.” Opera Insider raved over her performance of 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”.

As a natural actress and performer on stage, Yungee has portrayed following roles: Adina in L’elisir d’Amore, Norina in Don Pasquale, Nannetta in Falstaff, Susanna in Marriage of Figaro, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Dorinda in Orlando, Die Königin der Nacht in Die Zauberflöte, Olympia in Les contes d'Hoffmann, La Fée in Le Cendrillon, Frasquita in Carmen, Nightingale in L'Enfant et les Sortilèges, Daphné in La descente d'Orphée aus enfers (NY Premiere), Valencienne in The Merry Widow, Sandman/ Dew Fairy in Hänsel and Gretel, First Witch in Dido and Aeneas, Euridice/La Speranza in L'Orfeo, Two Young Lovers in Il Tabbaro with companies such as Oregon Symphony, Bard Music Festival, Gotham Chamber Opera, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, Korea National Opera, Bare Opera, Gyeongsang Opera, Opera North Young Artist Program, Mannes Opera, Indiana University Opera, and Bloomington Early Music Festival among others.

An avid concert artist, Yungee has made her appearance on the Isaac Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Merkin Concert Hall, National Opera Center, New York Austrian Cultural Forum, German Consulate, Seiji Ozawa Hall, Concert Hall at Seoul Arts Center, Gyeongnam Culture and Art Center, Sejong Chamber Hall among others. Her oratorio works includes Handel Messiah, Handel Saul, Mozart C minor Mass, Mozart Requiem, Mozart Coronation Mass, Haydn Die Schöpfung, Michael Haydn St.Leopold Mass, 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, Collegiate Singers, Pro Arte, Symphonic Choir, Motet Choir, Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, Chodae Community Church, Ewha Womans University Alumnae Choir, and Gyeongsang National University among others.

Yungee was the recipient of the Sorel Fellowship at 2014 SongFest awarded to an Outstanding Female Singer/Pianist and she was chosen to perform world premiere of Jennifer Higdon (a Pulitzer Prize winner)’s song cycle Love Sweet . With the Lysander Trio, she gave a stunning performance. Her reprised performance at the National Opera Center was presented on the live stream in their series of the Creators in Concert. As a highly sought out contemporary musician, she also gave a world premiere performance of John Plant's Insomnia at the Weill Recital Hall along with ChoEun Lee, pianist and Michael Couper, saxophonist. Her other notable performance also includes performing Jubilus, one of the most challenging contemporary pieces by Gheorghe Costinescu, on his multimedia retrospective concert at Merkin Concert Hall. She superbly performed a world premiere of Lori Laitman’s song set The Ocean of Eternity written for Yungee Rhie, ChoEun Lee, and Michael Couper at the National Opera Center in February 2019.  

Yungee has received 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. She was a finalist in 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. She actively performs mainly in South Korea now and is an adjunct professor at Ewha Womans University and Gyeongsang National University in Korea.