Don LEE Bass


Since 2023 DON LEE is a member of the Kassel State Theatre ensemble. Here, he portrays such roles as HUNDING and FAFNER in the “Ring des Nibelungen”, PADRE GUARDIANO in “La forza del destino”, the HERMIT in “Der Freischütz”, the COMMENDATORE in “Don Giovanni”...

In 2024 he sings HUNDING in a concert of “Die Walküre” with the Philharmonic Orchestra Györ.

He already succeeded as PADRE GUARDIANO and MARCHESE DI CALATRAVA n “La forza del destino” at the Frankfurt Opera and the Saarbrücken State Theatre.
Before, he already performed this very role at the Dessau Theatre, where he had a permanent engagement from 2018 to 2022, performing such roles as SPARAFUCILE in “Rigoletto”, BASILIO in”Il barbiere di Siviglia”, the HERMIT in “Der Freischütz”, ZACCARIA in concerts of the opera “Nabucco”, LUCIFER in “Čert a Káča”, GERONTE in “Manon Lescaut” and RENEE in “Jolanthe”

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 Wagner’s “Rienzi” at the Meiningen State Theater.

From 2012 until 2016 Don Lee was a permanent member of the ensemble of the Ulm Theatre, where he could be seen in such roles as KING HENRY in “Lohengrin” and the COMMENDATORE in “Don Giovanni”.

In the season 2016/17 he had guest performances at the ZETTEL in Britten’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” „Don Lee perfectly designed the magic of Zettel, who was changed into a donkey ,which confused him thoroughly!“ (Der Neue Merker).

In summer 2018 he sang TIMUR in “Turandot” at the Daegu Opera House in South Korea.

In 2011 Don won the Sponsorship Prize Audience Award at the International Singing Contest in Passau and became a finalist at the International Singing Contest «New Voices».
In 2016 he was a finalist at the Concorso Internazionale di Canto Lirico «Marcello Giordani» in Noto.


Staatstheater Kassel – Don Giovanni – KOMTUR
...appropriately ressounding: Don Lee.
Don Lee is the darkly ressounding commander.
Staatstheater Kassel – Carmen - ZUNIGA
Don Lee is a Zuniga with plenty of bass power...
Among the protagonists in the ensemble Don Lee as Zuniga,... succeeded in distinguishing themselves.
Staatstheater Kassel – La Forza del Destino – PATER GUARDIANO / MARCHESECALATRAVA
Don Lee as Father Calatrava and Padre Guardiano radiates a mild glimmer…
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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