Don LEE Bass


In 2022 Don Lee made his debut as PADRE GUARDIANO in “La forza del destino” at the Frankfurt Opera.

Before, he already performed this very role at the Dessau Theatre, where he has a permanent engagement since the season 2018/19. He could already be seen here as SPARAFUCILE in “Rigoletto”, BASILIO in”Il barbiere di Siviglia”, the HERMIT in “Der Freischütz”, as ZACCARIA in concerts of the opera “Nabucco”, as LUCIFER in “Čert a Káča” and as GERONTE in “Manon Lescaut”.

The Korean bass studied singing in Seoul and at the Stuttgart Music Conservatory. While still studying, he already sang SARASTRO in “Die Zauberflöte” in Seoul and the part of GREMIN in “Eugin Onegin” with the Konstanz Philharmonic Orchestra at the Wilhelma Theater Stuttgart.

From 2009 to 2010 Don Lee was a member of the Opera Studio of theStuttgart State Opera . His first engagements included DON BASILIO in “Il barbiere di Siviglia” at the Thüringen Summer Festival in Sondershausen and CECCO DEL BECCHIO in “Rienzi” at the Meiningen State Theater.

From 2012 to 2016 Don Lee was a permanent member of the ensemble of theTheater Ulm, where he succeeded a.o. as KING HEINRICH in “Lohengrin” and as COMMENDATORE in” Don Giovanni”.
In the season 2016/17 he had guest performances as BOTTOM in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Trier Theater. In summer 2018 he sang the role of TIMUR in “Turandot” at the Daegu Opera House in South Korea..

In 2011 Don won the encouragement award and the audience award of the International Singing Competition in Passau and made the final round in the International Singing Competition «Neue Stimmen».
In 2016 he was finalist in the Concorso Internazionale di Canto Lirico «Marcello Giordani» in Noto.


Theater Dessau – Der Barbier von Sevilla – DON BASILIO
Truly magnificent is the South Korean Don Lee as Don Basilio. His irresistible, extremely popular calumny aria „La calunnia è un venticello“ really hits like an audible cannonball.
Theater Dessau – Der Freischütz – EREMIT
Particularly worth mentioning is the Hermit portrayed by the South Korean born Don Lee. He impresses with his powerful, beautiful bass voice. One would love to see him in other roles. An outstanding performance!
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Theater Dessau – Manon Lescaut - GERONTE
Ensemble member Don Lee as Geronte however leaves no desires unfilled. He convinces with his strong bass voice and his theatrical talent.
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Theater Dessau – Hoffmanns Erzählungen – LUTHER/CRESPEL
Don Lee portrays the roles of Luther and Crespel with a flexible, melodious baritone voice.
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Theater Dessau – Katja und der Teufel - LUZIFER
Don Lee gives the main devil profile with his powerful bass voice, ...
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Theater Trier - A Midsummer Night’s Dream - ZETTEL
In all details Don Lee perfectly presented the charm of Zettel, troubled by being changed into a donky!
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