Korean-American bass-baritone JINYOUNG JANG (Steersman) has a beautiful, soft-grained voice. His warm tone and sensitive musicality has allowed him to excel in the standard repertory, especially works of Mozart and Puccini. Jang is a recent graduate of the Los Angeles Opera's Artist in Residence program. During his tenure with LA Opera he performed several roles, including Zuniga in Carmen, Colline in La bohème (student matinee), and Frère Jean in Roméo et Juliette and was responsible for most of the bass roles, including Ramfis and the King in Aida, Doctor in Vanessa, Neptune in Idomeneo, Ferrando in Il trovatore, and Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor. He has also made guest appearances with the Bakersfield Symphony singing Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro, Rocco in Fidelio, and Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte, and he sang the Steersman in Tristan and Isolde with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2004.
On the concert stage Jang has recently returned to the Bakersfield Symphony singing the baritone solo in the Fauré Requiem. He has also sung the Mozart Requiem with the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Santa Monica Symphony, and Elijah with Concordia University.
Jinyoung Jang has won awards from the Pasadena Opera Guild and Opera Buffs, a Nunzio Crisci Opera Scholarship, a Marilyn Horne Scholarship (USC), and the NATS Competition in Los Angeles and Houston, and he was a regional finalist with the Metropolitan National Council Auditions (Mid-South).
Jang is an alumnus of the Knoxville Opera Studio. He was a bass soloist with Los Angeles Master Chorale from 2000 - 2003 and was a member of the Concord Music Ensemble from 2002-2003. He holds degrees and certificates from the University of Southern California, the University of Tennessee, Southern Methodist University, and Seoul National University of Korea.