A native of Seoul, Korea, the bass-baritone studied at Bard College Conservatory, where he performed the role of Prince Gabriel III/David T. Little’s Vonkensport (world premiere). Cha graduated with an artist diploma from New York’s Juilliard School and scored a great success there in the title role/Don Pasquale. He has also appeared at Juilliard as Germano/Rossini’s La scala di seta, Wu Tianshi/Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’s Kommilitonen! (American premiere), and the title role/Don Giovanni. Among his engagements in recent seasons have been appearances with North Carolina Opera (title role/Don Giovanni), Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (Don Basilio/ The Barber of Seville), the Metropolitan Opera (Yamadori/Madama Butterfly, Second Watchman/Die Frau ohne Schatten), the Chautauqua Institute (Dulcamara/L’elisir d’amore), and the Seoul City Opera (Leporello/Don Giovanni). The bass-baritone has received numerous prestigious awards, including First Prize of the 2012 Connecticut Opera Guild Competition, Second Prize at the 2013 Gerda Lissner Foundation Competition, and a full scholarship at the 2012 and 2013 Chautauqua Music Festival. Cha was a 2011 New England Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and a 2013 scholarship recipient from the Liederkranz foundation.
Lyric Opera debut: Katsumi Hosokawa/ Bel Canto (2015|16)
Last updated: December 7, 2015