The First International Opera Contest Franco Corelli took place in June 1998. The concert given by the winners took place on June 27th, 1998 and was issued on CD. Alessandro Sciochetti kindly provided the CD to me. The jury was made of Franco Corelli, Bruno Bartoletti, Luigi Ferrari, Anita Cerquetti, Rolando Panerai, Giancarlo Landini and Alessandro Sciochetti. Among the winners, seven out of the nine were from South Korea! The second and third prizes were attributed to Korean sopranos, while the first prize winner was the tenor Jeong-Won Lee. During that concert, Lee sang Ch'ella mi creda and Nessun dorma, which he repeated. This tenor has a great voice potential because of his volume, robustness and strong high notes, but the timbre of the voice and his style are not equal to the rest. Anyway a voice to follow. As for the others, the least said the better. The CD is not commercialized and can be obtained from the Comune di Ancona and Associazione Amici della Lirica di Ancona.
I wish to thank Alessandro Sciochetti for me providing me the CD of the Primo Concorso Lirico Internazionale Franco Corelli.
Lee made his debut with the Korean National Opera as Lyonel. His European debut took place in Hungary, where he was immediately successful (and would often return). From Hungary, he went to Italy for further studies in Ascoli Piceno. I'm not at all sure about dates; he already won a singing competition in Alcamo (Sicily) in 2000. Perhaps before his Korean debut? Anyway, in 2008, he won the Corelli singing competition in Ancona described above, and sang Dick Johnson in an abridged version of Fanciulla del West at the Wexford Festival the same year (critics were not convinced).