Canadian Studies Foundation Benefit Concert

Date/Time:  November 1, 2008,  8:00 pm




David DQ Lee is fast establishing an enviable reputation among countertenors of his generation as mentioned by Elissa Poole in the Globe and Mail, “With a powerful instrument and high A’s to rival any mezzos, reinterprets the same kind of voice as something voluptuous and exotic.” An award winner of numerous international competitions; such as Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Queen Elizabeth International Competition in Belgium, Musica Sacra International Competition in Italy, Rosa Ponselle International Vocal Competition, Young Concert Artist inc International Competition to name a few. He has recently won the George London Singing Competition held in NY, and the 1st Prize at the prestigious 43rdFrancisco Viñas International Singing Competition in Barcelona as well as the Best Singer for the Lied/ Oratorio Prize and the Best Countertenor Prize. He owes his first initiative move in musical career to the film: “Farinelli”; during his late teen, without any knowledge in Baroque music history, he got acquainted with the term of “Countertenor/ Castrato.” Since then, his ever ending researches in countertenor repertoire began. With his wide repertoire range from Baroque to Contemporary and Jazz to New Age, he is at ease singing in operas as well as in concerts in collaboration with many international Orchestras and Opera Companies working with many re-known Conductors in the past, such as Christoph Eschenbach, Kenneth Montgomery, Timothy Vernon, Andrey Boreykyo, Sergiu Comissiona, Edoardo Müller, Martin Haselböck, Alfred Eschwé, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Andrea Marcon, Alessandro de Marchi, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin to name a few.

In his 2006/07 season, he has made his Triumph European Opera debut appearance at the Hamburg Staatsoper singing the Handel’s Title Role: “Radamisto” and Vienna Volksoper in Austria singing Oberon from Britten’s “Midsummer night’s Dream”, and was chosen to represent Canada at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition in which led his winning of his Round 2 Concert Prize.

In his 2007/08 season, he has been featured in many more operatic stages, such as in Hamburg State Opera, Halle Opera, International Handel Festival, Berlin Komischeoper, Madrid Royal Opera in Spain, Satiago Royal Opera in Chile singing many leading roles from various operas. He was also busy on Concert stages singing Vivaldi’s “Orlando Furioso” with Venice Baroque Orchestra in Amsterdam, Handel’s Messiah in Belfast in Ireland, UK, and as well as his 3rd Solo Recital in Korea, and Love Duet Concerts to name a few.

Another Busy seasons ahead of him which includes his appearances in Bologna Opera in Italy singing the role of Oberon from Britten’s “Midsummer night’s dream”,  Hamburg State Opera again singing the role of Apollo from Britten’s “Death in Venice”, his Switzerland Debut at the Basel State Opera singing the role of Ruggiero from Vivaldi’s “Orlando Furioso”, Handel’s “Belshazzar” with the Vienna Academy Orchestra in Pamplona, Spain, another Vivaldi’s “Orlando Furioso” in Rome, Italy, Handel’s “L’Allegro il Penseroso, ed Moderato” with the Radio Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra in Netherlands, and his Korean National Opera debut as Cherubino from Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, and many more Solo Concert appearances.