René Pape

Reversed by Critics and Audiences Worldwide, Singer René Pape¡¯s First Concert in Korea

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¡®Artist of the Year¡¯ from the German Critics Association (2006)
One of a Quarter of Singers Chosen by James Levine (2004)
Singer of the Year from the Musical America (2001)
One of Five Leading Figures in the World of Opera Honored by the Opera News Awards (2006)

René Pape is a singer with immense vitality, revered by critics and audiences worldwide.

Supported by Music Director Daniel Barenboim, Pape has been a member of the Berlin State Opera since 1988, but considers New York¡¯s Metropolitan Opera his operatic ¡°home away from home.¡± He is a singer with immense vitality, the object of countless critical raves and of constant audience enthusiasm in every major opera house in the world including the Met, London¡¯s Royal Opera Covent Garden, Opéra de Paris, Lyric Opera of Chicago, among others. Also, he has presented recitals around world including London, Geneva, Barcelona, LA, New York, among others with rave reviews.

¡°As Opera News wrote: ¡°René Pape is an artist who thrills his audiences with charisma, intelligence, and a one-in-a-million voice: the luxurious timbre of Pape¡¯s supple, expressive bass is unmistakable; its velvety, dark-brown texture shot with ear-catching flashes of brightness.¡±
- Opera News

Pape¡¯s first CD of solo arias, Gods, Kings & Demons, was released in 2008 on Deutsche Grammophon with his hometown orchestra, the Staatskapelle Dresden conducted by Sebastian Weigle. The disc won a coveted ¡°ECHO¡± award, the German equivalent of a Grammy


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Conductor | Jonas Alber

Jonas Alber has established himself as a sought-after conductor both on the concert podium and at leading international opera houses. His name is particularly associated with benchmark performances of fin-de-siecle works, and his repertoire extends from the baroque to contemporary music. Today he is much in demand as a guest conductor with symphony orchestras and opera companies in Europe, Asia, South America, New Zealand and South Africa.

As a symphonic conductor, Jonas Alber has led the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony, the Bochum Symphony Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Dresden Philharmonic, among others.

Jonas Alber was General Music Director of the Staatstheater Braunschweig from 1998 - 2007. His numerous recordings include the complete symphonic works of Schumann and selected symphonic works by Mendelssohn, Franck, Mahler, Sibelius, and Richard Strauss. He has recently made broadcast recordings with the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, the Leipzig MDR Symphony Orchestra, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. His DVD recording Mernier¡¯s Frühlings Erwachen earned ALBER the prestigious French recording prize, the Diapason d¡¯Or.

Gunpo Prime Philharmonic Orchestra

Prime Philharmonic Orchestra, founded in February of 1997, recruited top conductors in and out of Korea as well as musicians with outstanding talent and passion. They are recognized for their professionalism not only in symphony orchestra but also in opera, ballet, and other theatrical Concerts. The group has performed 102 regular shows and more than 2,000 concerts, thus be coming and important and appealing orchestra with various musical colors.