Joo Won Kang, a baritone with the Metropolitan Opera at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City, will perform a benefit concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. Admission to the benefit concert is free of charge and will be held at Harvest Church of Orlando, 16796 Davenport Road, Winter Garden.
Kang, a native of South Korea, is considered one of the most talented baritones today. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Marcello in “La Boheme” and also has appeared in the Metropolitan Opera Company’s production of “Don Carlos” and “La Traviata.” He has appeared in several leading roles, including Figaro in “The Barber of Seville,” Germont in “La Traviata,” Papageno in “The Magic Flute,” Dandini in “La Cenerentola,” Sharpless in “Madama Butterfly, “the title role in “Eugene Onegin” and Ping in “Turandot” in opera companies throughout the United States. Performance halls include the Metropolitan Opera in New York, San Francisco Opera, Seattle Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Arizona Opera, Wolf Trap Opera and Utah Opera.
Kang has won several international prizes in competitions such as the Palm Beach International Competition, the Ades Vocal Competition at Manhattan School of Music, Gerda Lissner Foundation, Opera Index and Giulio Gari International Competition, and he was the first--prize winner of the Fort Worth Opera’s McCammon Voice Competition.
The benefit concert is hosted by the Joshua Kim Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing hope and resources to the indigenous people in the Amazon Region of Ecuador.