Tenor Simon Kyung Lee (Mario Cavaradossi) began his career as a child actor who starred in two major motion pictures in his native Korea before reaching the age of seven. Simon migrated to the United States where he continued his education. During this time, Simon joined the chorus of Lyric Opera of Chicago, where he shared the stage with many of opera’s leading talents. His solo debut came about during a 1994 production of La Bohème. Simon has made a tremendous impression in such roles as Radames in Aïda, Manrico in Il Trovatore, The Duke in Rigoletto, Ismaele in Nabucco, Cavaradossi in Tosca, Luigi in Il Tabarro, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, Don Jose in Carmen and, what is fast becoming his signature role, Calaf in Turandot. Mr. Lee has sung with Utah Festival Opera, Chamber Opera of Chicago, Opera Carolina, Kansas City Puccini Festival, Sunstate Opera and others. In April of 2007, Simon made his Carnegie Hall debut as tenor soloist in Haydn’s Mass in Time of War. During the 2009/10 season, he debuted with Singapore Lyric Opera. From 2011-2016 he has performed over 100 performances in 8 Opera productions with Teatro Lirico D'Europa in US and Europe.