South Korean bass Stephano Park was named the winner of Operalia 2023 in Cape Town, South Africa.
Park has been a member of the Wiener Staatsoper Opernstudio since 2022, and this season, he will perform the following roles: Sid La fanciulla del West, Ein Schliesser Tosca, Lodovico Otello, Hans Schwarz Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Daland Das verfluchte Geisterschiff and Second soldier Salome. He will also cover the roles of Walter Furst Guillaume Tell, Second Commissioner Dialogues des Carmélites and Wagner Faust.
Previous highlights include: Second Soldier Salome and Fouquier-Tinville Andrea Chénier at Wiener Staatsoper, Ramfis Aida with Oper Gars Summer Festival and Talpa Il tabarro and Simone Gianni Schicchi with SNU Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Yun-Sung Chang.
Park trained at Seoul National University and continues his studies at Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien, studying with Attila Jun, Jennifer Larmore and Karlheinz Hanser. He was a finalist of the 39th International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in 2021.
Onlinemerker, July 2023
'As the Egyptian high priest, the South Korean bass Stephano Park shines in the role of the implacable Ramfis, who radiates authority. The member of the Vienna State Opera's opera studio has a bright future ahead of him. His pithy "Rrrradamès" call is already a kind of trademark for an unmistakable, multi-faceted voice.'