Coloratura soprano Yoora Lee-Hoff (Yoora Lee) was born in Seoul, South Korea and lives in Dresden, Germany. As a child she learned to play the piano and won several national prizes in South Korea. Later she started playing the violin. She studied violin in Seoul, South Korea, Berlin and Leipzig, Germany.
While she was active as a violinist, her beautiful voice was discovered and she was invited to study vocal arts – opera at the University of Music and Theatre in Leipzig, Germany. Her first professional engagement was as a soprano at the Leipzig Opera House (2002 and 2003) and then onto Saxony’s theatre Dresden-Radebeul in Germany (2004-2005), while she was still studying.
She performed at the international music festival Palma de Mallorca/ Spain, the Luisenburg Festival Wunsiedel, Germany and the opera festival Salvador de Bahia/ Brazil.
She was engaged at the Dresden State Operetta, theatre Goerlitz and Bautzen, the state opera Schwerin, the theatre Dessau, the opera house Chemnitz, the theatre Gera and others in Germany. During the “Vienna Johannn Strauss Concert Gala” tour she was singing at several major concert halls such as the Tonhalle Zurich, the Residenz Munich and the Berlin Philharmonie in Germany and Switzerland, among others.
Her concert work has taken her to concert halls in Germany, USA, Canada, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, Spain, Ukraina , Estonia, Japan, China and South Korea.
“…Yoora Lee-Hoff’s airy and light interpretation of the ‘Fruehlingsstimmenwalzer’, that she was twittering like a little bird. Very pleasing was also the duet ‘Wer uns getraut’ from the ‘Zigeunerbaron.”
Sigrid Schuer, Bremer Weserkurier, Germany
“…The secret star of the evening was the Korean soprano, that ravished the audience with charming humor, virtuous coloratura, flawless intonation and enormous vigor.”
Von Christoph Clören, Westfälische Rundschau, Germany
“…she started with her well-shaped voice and clear but warm timbre… with her immensely intensive recital she enthused the audience… in addition she satisfied with charism and acting talent…”
Neustaedter Kreisbote, Germany
“The highlight of the evening was Yoora Lee-Hoff (soprano). Her voice combined in unsurpassable way crystalline clarity with a dark undertone. At the highlights, she rose to seraphic beauty.”
Wolgang Morzkau-Valeton, Die Harke Nienburg, Germany
“…Her sensibility and expressive acting and dancing enthused the audience…”
Korean Times, Atlanta/USA
Gräfin Mariza – Emmerich Kalman
Yoora Lee-Hoff sings:
Boccaccio- Franz von Suppe
Yoora Lee-Hoff sings and plays violin
Countess Maritza – Johann Strauß
Yoora Lee-Hoff sings:
Königin Der Hölle Rache
Die Zauberflöte – Mozart