For their opera production in summer 2019, the Eutin Festival will once again give a young talent the chance to start a solo career: for the role of sailor Christian in Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera, they will engage baritone Junggeun Choi from South Korea.
The singer convinced the Festival Director Dominique Caron with his skills in the competition for the Maritim Music Prize 2018. She awarded him the Festival Prize of Honour in Timmendorfer Strand, which includes an engagement endowed with at least 3000 euros.
Junggeon Choi (29) comes from South Korea, where he received his Bachelor's degree. Since 2017 he has been studying for a master's degree at the Lübeck University of Music under Prof. Franz-Josef Einhaus. In addition to his studies, he has already participated in several opera productions in his home country and in Germany.
90 young interpreters (vocals and piano accompaniment) from 19 nations had taken part in two rounds of competitions at the music academies in Bremen, Hamburg, Hanover, Lübeck and Rostock in order to reach the finals of the Maritim Music Prize 2ß18. Members of the jury were Dominique Caron, the Kammersängerin Prof. Brigitte Fassbaender, the Russian mezzo-soprano Milana Butaeva, the Artistic Director of the Hanover State Opera and Deputy Director, Dr. Cornelia Preissinger, Kammersänger. Prof. Peter Maus (Deutsche Oper Berlin) as well as the music journalists Hans-Jürgen Mende (NDR Kultur), Dr. Christian Strehk (Kieler Nachrichten), Jürgen Feldhoff (Lübecker Nachrichten), Michael S. Zerban (O-Ton) and Hans-Peter Raiß (Radio Bremen). The jury was chaired by Rainer Wulff, who will again moderate the gala evening of the Eutin Festival in 2019.