Born in South Korea, Haegee Lee trained at Seoul National University and the Conservatoire National de Région Pierre Barbizet, Marseille. She now studies with Isabelle Vernet. Her awards include First Prize in the Concours de Bach, Marseilles, and Second Prize in the first Korean Classical Singers Association International Vocal Competition, Seoul. She now lives in London.
Between 2017 and 2019, Haegee Lee was a member of the the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, where she sang the roles of Frasquita Carmen, Sandman Hänsel und Gretel, Papagena Die Zauberflöte and Xenia Boris Godunov, as well as appearing in the annual Summer Performances as Elvira L’Italiana in Algeri, Zerbinetta Ariadne auf Naxos and Gilda Rigoletto. She also covered roles including Micaëla La Tragédie de Carmen, Marie La Fille du Régiment, Donna Anna Don Giovanni and Azema Semiramide.
Her broadcasts include The Dengineers: Opera House Den for CBBC.
Recent engagements have included Frasquita Carmen and Gilda Rigoletto for Welsh National Opera and an Opera Gala at the Kukje Art Center, Seoul.
Recent engagements have included Frasquita Carmen for Longborough Festival Opera and a return to the Royal Opera, London, as Papagena Die Zauberflöte. She was also a Samling Artist singing Jonathan Dove’s Man, Woman, Child with Malcolm Martineau at Marchmont House and gave a Crush Room Recital with Patrick Milne at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Engagements during 2022 / 2023 include Gianetta L’elisir d’amore for Longborough Festival Opera, her debut with English National Opera as Queen Tye Akhnaten, Musetta La bohème for Welsh National Opera and the Leeds Castle Classical Open-Air Concert.
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Queen Tye: Akhnaten / English National Opera 2023
“Haegee Lee, a bright soprano…”
“…bright-voiced soprano Haegee Lee.”
“As Queen Tye, Haegee Lee’s soprano is diamond-bright.”
Musetta: La bohème / Welsh National Opera 2022
“…special mention must be given to Haegee Lee, who manages to tackle and seamlessly convey all the complexities of the character of Musetta, perhaps the most nuanced and multifaceted of the cast of people at the margins populating this opera.”
Art Scene in Wales
“Haegee Lee’s Musetta led Alcindoro a merry fance and she could ping out her highest notes…”
“…an elegantly sung and acted Musetta from Haegee Lee.”
South Wales Argus
Frasquita: Carmen / Royal Opera, London
“There was good support from Haegee Lee as Frasquita and Aigul Akhmetshina as Mercédès – both dancing their socks off…
“…vibrant singing from Haegee Lee…”
Frasquita: Carmen / Welsh National Opera
“As Frasquita, Haegee Lee’s sound was supple and expressive, bringing a clear and bright top to the ensembles and genuine compassion to her final entreaty to Carmen.”
“Prominent among the remaining cast are the bright, complementary voices of Haegee Lee and Angela Simkin as Frasquita and Mercédès faring well in the fortune-telling sequence…”
Sandman: Hänsel und Gretel / Royal Opera, London
“Haegee Lee’s beautifully sung Sandman…”
“…exquisitely sung by Haegee Lee.”
“Haegee Lee was the silver-toned Sandman.”
“Cameos from Haegee Lee as the Sandman and Christina Gansch as the Dew-Fairy offer further moments of visual and vocal enchantment.”
Xenia: Boris Godunov / Royal Opera, London
“This was a Boris with no weak links, cast from depth, other impressive performances coming from Jette Parker Young Artist, Haegee Lee and treble, Joshua Abrams, as the doomed ruler’s children.”
Seen and Heard International
Zerbinetta: Ariadne auf Naxos / Jette Parker Young Artists Summer Performance 2018
“…a delightfully bubbly blond bombshell of a Zerbinetta – dolled up in rose pink – from Haegee Lee.”
Seen and Heard International
“Haegee Lee’s playful Zerbinetta provided the vocal fireworks…”
Gilda: Rigoletto Act 1 / Jette Parker Young Artists Summer Performance 2019
“…with Haegee Lee taking the vocal honours in an impeccably sung ‘Caro nome’.”
“An excerpt from Act 1 of Verdi’s Rigoletto was considerably elevated by South Korean soprano Haegee Lee’s terrific rendition of Gilda’s ‘Caro Nome.’ This was a measured and confidently crafted performance which communicated character and feeling most impressively.”
“Soprano Haegee Lee briefly stopped the show with her vocal fireworks in Verdi’s Rigoletto.”
Gilda: Rigoletto / Welsh National Opera
“…we were treated to a wonderfully mature performance from a sweet and perfectly tempered soprano voice that enchanted. Lee has tremendous control and clarity in her voice which perfectly suited the church-going coming-of-age character, with all her tragic vulnerability. Lee’s acting and stage presence were equally strong, and I enjoyed her performance immensely.”
“Lee herself is mesmerising. With a powerful, crystal-clear soprano voice, she was the epitome of a young girl in love. She evoked every emotion with precision and shone on stage.”
Behind The Arras
“…a young singer with a wonderful and precise vocal technique and sparkling top notes…”
British Theatre Guide
“…it was Korean born Haegee Lee as Gilda whose voice stole the show. A wonderful, vibrant sound with hints of melancholy and fragility suiting the part with precision and accuracy.”
North West End
“Haegee Lee has such a purity of tone and accuracy of intonation and ornament that one would never for a moment doubt Gilda’s sincerity.”
“…for me, the standout singing and acting of the evening came from Haegee Lee as Gilda.”
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“Haegee Lee, a Jette Parker graduate, sang with an appealing light soprano, looked perfect for the part and acted well.”
Seen and Heard International