Bass Baritone Samuel Youn earns title of 'Kammersänger'

연합뉴스 / 2022-05-23 14:34:40
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▲ This photo, provided by Arts & Artists, shows the opera singer Samuel Youn. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

 

▲ This photo, provided by Arts & Artists, shows the moment when opera singer Samuel Youn received the title of "KS (Kammersänger)," a German honorific title for distinguished singers of opera and classical music on the 22nd (local time). (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

 

 

SEOUL, May 23 (Yonhap) -- Opera singer Samuel Youn received the title of "KS (Kammersänger)," a German honorific title for distinguished singers of opera and classical music.

Arts & Artists, his agency, announced on the 23rd that bass baritone Samuel Youn was awarded the title of KS at an award ceremony held at the Cologne Opera House in Germany on the 22nd (local time).

Historically, KS was a title bestowed by the Kings for talented singers in the past, and today, the German government awards this title to distinguish the outstanding singers. Similarly with the Living National Treasure in Korea, those with this title add "KS" in front of their name.

Past Korean singers who got this title includes soprano Hellen Kown in 2011, Bass Jeon Seung-hyun in 2011 and Bass Youn Kwang-Chul in 2018.

Samuel Youn studied Vocal Music at College of Music in Seoul National University, the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milano and at the Conservatory Cologne. In 2004, he debuted with "Parsifal" at the Bayreuther Wagner Festspiele.

In 2012, he took on the lead role in "Der fliegende Holländer," the opening performance of the Wagner Festival and sung the title song, Holländer with great success. In 2014, he became the first Korean to receive the 3rd Cologne Opera from the city of Cologne, Germany.

In recognition of his achievements overseas, he also received the Korea Culture and Art Award, a Presidential Award in 2016.

Although he was working as a singer at the Cologne Opera House for a long time, he is told to be leaving the Cologne Opera House after the performance on the 22nd.

In March of this year, he was appointed as a professor at Seoul National University's College of Music and continues to work in major theaters nationally and internationally.

Samuel Youn expressed his feelings at the award ceremony on the same day, saying, "I am sincerely grateful to the theater for always believing and supporting me to become a greater singer for 23 years, and am also grateful to the German government for giving me the honor of being titled KS."

 

 

(This article is translated from Korean to English by Haemin Kim.)

 

 

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