Deun Lee

Most time that I have spent digging into the opera was how to let the singers express themselves as naturally as possible with the language while they sing their characters. 
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by Cristina Fieraru
July 30, 2023
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No.6/2023

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INTRODUCTION

Deun Lee is establishing himself as one of the most promising conductors of the new generation. In an interview by Cristina Fieraru, he talks about his interesting journey, the conductors & teachers who marked his musical style, his thoughts on competitions, and shares some advice for young conductors.

BIOGRAPHY

Deun Lee graduated in Piano major (under M° Silvia Rumi) and Voice major (under M° Vittorio Terranova) both at Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi di Milano. Afterword, he graduated Voice major at Accademia Chigiana di Siena (under M° Renato Bruson), Master degree and PSD diploma in Voice major at Mannes College in New York (under Prof. Arthur Levy). Deun Lee obtained Master degree in Orchestra Conducting at Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi di Milano under Maestro Vittorio Parisi with highest mark and Honors. Deun Lee conducted numerous operas and symphonic repertoire as principal conductor, including wide range of classical to contemporary repertoire including: Elisir d’amore, La Bohéme, Un Ballo in Maschera, Gianni Schicchi, Cavalleria Rusticana, Turandot, Il Trovatore, La Cambiale di Matrimonio (Festival Rossini 150), Rigoletto, La Traviata, Madama Butterfly, Don Giovanni, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Italiana in Algeri, Gounod’s Faust, Carmen, Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle, Stravinsky’s Petrushka 1911, Orff’s Carmina Burana in different places and theaters such as: Lincoln Center Bruno Walter Auditorium, The DiMenna Center, LeFrak Concert Hall, Jersey City Hall, Carnegie Hall Weill Recital Hall (Where he also had his Solo Tenor Recital), Seoul Arts Center, Teatro Coccia di Novara, Teatro Mancinelli di Orvieto, Teatro Dal Verme di Milano, Sala Verdi di Milano, Teatro Elfo Puccini di Milano, Teatro Castagnoli di Scansano, Teatro Carcano di Milano, Teatro San Cristoforo di Milano, Teatro sull’acqua di Sassetta, Teatro Lirico di Magenta, Théâtre Ledoux de Besancon, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Vigadó Concert Hall, Amphitheatre Ioannis Despotopoulos, Kocertsalen Alsion, State Opera Stara Zagora, Danube Palace and Palatului Cutural. Deun Lee conducted and experienced different style and lots of professional orchestras such as: Orchestre Victor HugoFranche Comté, Orchestre national de Lyon, Leipziger Symphonie, Arad Philharmonic Orchestra, Athens Philharmonia, New York Classical Symphony orchestra, Sofia Philharmonic orchestra, Budapest MAV Symphony, Danubia Orchestra, Sønderjyllands Symfoniorkester, Danube Symphony orchestra, Bucharest Symphony, Filarmonica della Scala, LaVerdi orchestra, Orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicali, Berlin Sinfonietta, Orchestra Cupididas, Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina, Ensemble Testori, Brescia MasterOrchestra, Prime Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic and Orchestra del Conservatorio di Milano. Deun Lee was selected as assistant conductor under maestro Alessandro Ferrari, for the production of Midsummer Night’s Dream by  Mendelssohn Bartholdy for Sound, Music! 2019 season of Filarmonica della Scala, which was a collaboration with Conservatrio Giuseppe Verdi di Milan, where he prepared the Orchestra del Conservatorio di Milano with Filarmonica della Scala orchestra musicians. He also worked as assistant conductor at Opéra de Lille, Varna State Opera, Teatro Lirico di Magenta, Teatro Coccia di Novara, Teatro Spazio89 di Milano for different opera productions and concerts at Budapest Festival Orchestra and Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken. Deun Lee gives masterclasses to conducting, voice and opera coach classes in Italy, South Korea and Greece, and also the Artistic Director and orchestra conductor at Bell’Opera Festival in Italy and will be invited to different opera titles, Don Giovanni, L’Italiana in Algeri, Il Trovatore, Faust and on with Filarmonica Teatro Verdi di Trieste, Korean National Opera, Morellino Festival and on.

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INTERVIEW

Dear Deun Lee, welcome to our charming Conductors of the future musical family! We are glad to have the chance to get to know you better and to talk with you about your path & the beautiful world of opera.  Thank you, OPERA Charm Magazine, for inviting me for this interview. Your musical training is quite […]

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Alexandru Suciu

Alexandru Suciu inherited his passion for art growing up in a family of several generations of musicians. He began his musical studies at the “Augustin Bena” School of Music in Cluj, where he studied piano and guitar. Even though his main study direction was philological, his passion for music prevailed. He began his academical journey at the Faculty of Letters of the “Babeș-Bolyai” University, studying Comparative literature and English. He continued by studying Opera Singing at the “Gheorghe Dima” National Music Academy. He also graduated the Musical Education section, followed by Artistic Directing at the Musical Performing Arts department.

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She has been part of our dream team since the fall of 2021. For a good period of time she took care of OPERA Charm’s social media and took you on the monthly journey through the history of opera through our Legends rubric – and a few times through the Theaters around the World rubric.

Her little soul rubric – from 2021 to present – is definitely the Conductors of the Future, where, every month, she gives you the chance to meet a young star of the world of conducting and, of course, to find out what’s the most charming feature of opera in these artists’ views.

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