Mr. Yonghoon Lee, a world renowned tenor who has performed at the New York Metropolitan Opera, Berlin National Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Milano’s La Scala, was newly admitted into the SNU Department of Vocal Music faculty. He has never performed on an opera stage in Korea, and has performance reservations overseas until 2019. During opera seasons, Professor Lee will teach classes via email and online video calls. In an e-mail interview with JoongAng Daily, he shared his personal experience of how he almost quit singing after graduating from the College of Music and studying abroad in New York under dire economic circumstances when he ate nothing and only drank tap water for several days. He believes these experiences matured his music, and wishes to help his students find the reason why they must keep singing.

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