Korean American tenor Sammy Huh has recently been recognized for his “sincere and admirable simplicity” (Voce di Meche) and “resonant and full” voice (DC Metro Theatre Arts). He sings as a professional tenor on the roster of the Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
Most recently on the operatic stage, Mr. Huh has sung Ferrando in Mozart’s Così fan tutte with the Opera Camerata of Washington. He has sung Ferrando in Mozart’s Così fan tutte and Count Alberto in Rossini’s L’occasione fa il ladro with the Maryland Opera Studio. As part of the studio’s “New Work Reading” series, he sang the roles of Darren and Death in Jack Perla’s Love/Hate. As a Studio Artist with the Chautauqua Opera Company, Mr. Huh performed in the mainstage productions and the scenes program, where his roles included Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni (excerpts), the old miner in The Ballad of Baby Doe and Goro (cover) in Madama Butterfly. In 2012, he covered the role of Tobias Ragg in Sweeney Todd with the Aspen Opera Theater Center. Other operatic credits include ensemble work in The Metropolitan Opera and Juilliard Opera’s co-production of Gluck’s Armide.
An avid recitalist, he has presented entire cycles of song repertory such as Schumann’s Dichterliebe Op. 48 and Beethoven’s An Die Ferne Geliebte Op. 98 at Lincoln Center, and made his recital debut in Alice Tully Hall singing mélodies by Hahn and Massenet. In the summer of 2014, he was invited to present a solo recital to conclude The Chautauqua Institution and Encore Chorale‘s season. He was invited to sing at the President’s residence at the University of Maryland, honoring philanthropist and artist Clarice Smith. He sang for the reopening of the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, as well as the tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah with Central Maryland Chorale.
Mr. Huh has sung in masterclasses with Daniel Ferro, Malcolm Martineau, Mignon Dunn, Mark Padmore, and Anne Manson. He is the recipient of awards from the Enrico Caruso Memorial Scholarship, National Society of Arts and Letters, Young Singers Foundation and the Lucrezia Bori Grant from The Juilliard School. Mr. Huh earned his Master of Music degree from the Maryland Opera Studio under a graduate assistantship and his Bachelor of Music at The Juilliard School, where he trained with renowned vocal pedagogue Marlena Malas (vocal coach of Luciano Pavarotti). Sammy Huh has performed and studied nationwide with renowned institutions such as Washington National Opera, Basilica of the National Shrine, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center-Alice Tully Hall, Juilliard Opera, Manhattan School of Music, Aspen Opera Theatre Center, Korean Embassy, Chautauqua Opera and the Maryland Opera Studio. He is well-regarded as an expert vocal instructor in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, teaching at two music schools, his private studio in Alexandria, as well as engaging an active performing arts career.
In addition to teaching voice at Shepherd University he is on the voice faculty at University of Maryland – Baltimore County as the Director of Opera Workshop and Adjunct Professor of Voice.