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Jin (above) says, “It’s very easy for me to sing in my high voice. I am exercising continually, and the muscle is improving with my voice.”

A s a first-prize winner at the Licia Albanese–Puccini Foundation Competition, twenty-nine-year-old baritone SOL JIN sang in the organization’s winners concert at Zankel Hall. He was also a big winner in the 2015 Gerda Lissner Foundation Competition. At the Lissner’s winners concert at Zankel last April 12, he was a standout with “Di Provenza” — an incisive performance, evenly and beautifully sung. “Di Provenza” has been a consistent winner in his competition rounds, and Germont is his favorite stage role. “I know he’s an old man,” Jin says, “but I have performed it three times now, and it feels very good.”

This past summer, Jin was occupied with San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program, where he studied Germont, Rodrigo in Don Carlo and several roles in Gianni Schicchi.

Jin credits the excellent training he received in his native Seoul for providing the foundation of his current success. After coming to the U.S. in 2013, he earned his master’s degree at the Manhattan School of Music. 

When he came offstage after last season’s Zankel concert, the Lissner Foundation’s president Stephen De Maio said to him, “Molto difficile — but you did well.” Jin replied, “You are so right, molto difficile. Now it’s time to keep studying.”

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