Bonsu Ku

Bonsu Ku is a Korean bass-baritone. He began his studies at the Korea National University of Arts and is now continuing them in at the Franz Liszt University of Music in Weimar, Germany, where he is working for a master’s degree. Ku, born in 1988, won the national Hwacheon Bimok Singing Competition in 2016 and the Tbilisi International Singing Competition in 2018. Bonsu Ku’s repertoire includes such roles as Raimondo in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Bartolo in Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, Sarastro in The Magic Flute and Leporello in Don Giovanni as well as Colline in Puccini’s La Bohème. Orchestral works in which he has sung include Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Haydn’s Creation and many of Bach’s cantatas.

Born in 1988


South Korean

Piano: Yuka Beppu


Preliminary round

J. Haydn

Die Schöpfung: Rollend in schäumenden Wellen

J. Marx

Der Ton (Hamsun)

F. Poulenc

Sérénade (anon.)

G. Rossini

Il Barbiere di Sigvilia: ”La Calunnia è un venticello” (Don Basilio)



T. Kuula

Tuijotin tulehen kauan (Leino)

G. Mahler

Scheiden und Meiden (Des Knaben Wundehorn)

F. Schubert

Fahrt zum Hades (Mayrhofer)

H. Wolf

Der Feuerreiter (Mörike)
Nachruf (Eichendorff)

C. Gounod

Faust: “Vous qui faites l’endormie” (Mèphistophélès)


W.A. Mozart

Don Giovanni: “Madamina, il catalogo è questo” (Leporello)

A. Ponchielli

La Gioconda: “Si, morir ella de!” (Alvise Badoero)

Competition performances

Preliminary round


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