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Bada$$ Baritone

Jean Carlos Rodriguez
Dominican born baritone, Jean Carlos Rodriguez, is known for his colorful voice and
charismatic stage presence. Upon starting his musical career at Western Connecticut
State University, Rodriguez studied, performed, and competed on a regional level,
capturing audiences with his wide range of dynamics and resonant voice.

Mr. Rodriguez began his career with portrayals of “Escamillo”and “Morales” in Carmen, “Javert” in Les Miserables, “Henry” in Street Scene, “The Speaker" in The Magic Flute and “Marquis de la Force” in Dialogues of the Carmelites.

Mr. Rodriguez made his operatic professional debut with Opera Tampa in 2017 as
“Count Paris” in Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette; that same year he portrayed the role of
“Vidal Hernando” in Torraba’s Luisa Fernanda and the title role in Mozart’s Le Nozze di
with the Savannah Opera as well as “Fiorello” and “Ufficiale" in Rossini’s Il
Barbiere di Siviglia
with Opera Tampa in 2018. In 2019, Mr. Rodriguez returned to
Opera Tampa as “Schaunard” in Puccini’s La Boheme and in the role of “Escamillo” in
Bizet’s Carmen in February 2020. In February 2021, Rodriguez debuted two important
roles in the baritone repertoire: “Conte Di Luna; in Verdi’s Il Trovatore with Opera
Tampa and “Marcello” in Puccini’s La Boheme with Savannah Opera. Most recently,
Rodriguez returned to Opera Tampa for their double bill in April 2022 where he debuted the title role in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and “Alfio” in Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana.

Rodriguez also returned to Savannah Opera where he debuted the role of “Valentin” in
Gounod’s Faust and made his debut with The Florida Orchestra in October 2022 as the
baritone soloist in Orff’s Carmina Burana; his partnership with The Florida Orchestra
strengthened as he returned in December 2022 as the baritone soloists for Finzi’s In
terra Pax and Vaughn William’s Fantasia on Christmas Carols.

In 2019, Mr. Rodriguez was a finalist for the Gina D’Angelo Voice Competition and in
January 2020, he made his Carnegie Hall debut as a finalist in the “World’s Biggest
Stage” competition.

Sungkyeong Kim
South Korean pianist Sungkyeong Kim has established herself as a versatile solo pianist, collaborative pianist, and educator. She is prizewinner of several competitions, including the Korean Piano Duo Association Competition. Sungkyeong has a strong international presence, and has been the recipient of many scholarships for study and participation in music festivals domestically and abroad. She has also performed in numerous recitals both as a soloist and collaborative pianist in Korea, the United States, Canada, and Italy. Sungkyeong holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Dongduk Women’s University, and a master’s degree from the University of South Florida. While at the USF School of Music, she was awarded an Assistantship as Piano Accompanist, enabling her to further her work as a collaborative pianist. She has participated in various master classes including Pascal Rogé, and Logan Skelton. Among her mentors and teachers are Svetozar Ivanov, Noel McRobbie, and Moon Jung Kim. Sungkyeong enjoys an active performing schedule. She has performed professionally for concerts, recordings, and competitions for many different instrumentalists, including as a collaborative artist for a masterclass with Maxim Vengerov. Sungkyeong currently works with the cello and voice studios at the University of South Florida as a collaborative pianist and coach, and remains a sought-after collaborative pianist in the Tampa area.

Bada$$ Baritone Program:


*Oh, What a beautiful morning (Oklahoma)

*This Nearly was Mine (South Pacific)

*If Ever I Would Leave You (Camelot)

*Ideale by Paolo Tosti

*Mattinata  by Ruggero Leoncavallo

*Impossible Dream (Man of La Mancha)

*Evermore (Beauty and the Beast)

*Piano Solo:  Liebeslied (Widmung), S. 566  by Schumann / Liszt

*Smile by Charlie Chaplin

*Theme from New York, New York

*Canta y no llores a Mexican Folk Song

*Nemico Della Patria (Andrea Chenier)

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