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Jihoon Kim

Bass

Biography

Jihoon Kim in action.
Jihoon Kim in Robert le diable © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2012

Korean bass Jihoon Kim is a Principal of The Royal Opera. He was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme 2011–13 and a Jette Parker Principal in the 2013/14 Season, appointed to his current position with The Royal Opera at the start of the 2014/15 Season. In the 2014/15 Season he sings Count Ceprano (Rigoletto), Tom (Un ballo in maschera) and Marquis d'Obigny (La traviata) for the Company.

Kim studied at the National University of Seoul and the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan. Before joining the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme, Kim's operatic roles included Simone and Betto (Gianni Schicchi), Doctor Grenvil (La traviata) and Colline (La bohème). He made his Royal Opera debut as Montano (Otello, Act IV) in the Plácido Domingo Celebration. His many roles since for The Royal Opera have included Alessio (La sonnambula), Ortel (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Count Ceprano, Hector’s Ghost (Les Troyens), Montano (Otello), Don Prudenzio (Il viaggio a Reims, JPYAP 10th anniversary summer performance), Monterone (Rigoletto, Operalia Gala), Fourth Chevalier/Monk (Robert le diable), Colline, Zaretsky (Eugene Onegin), Sciarrone (Tosca), Second Man in Armour (Die Zauberflöte), Flemish Deputy (Don Carlo), Pietro (Simon Boccanegra), Servant (Capriccio), Robert (Les Vêpres siciliennes), Nightwatchman (Die Frau ohne Schatten), Wagner (Faust), Doctor Grenvil, Sergeant (Manon Lescaut), Lackey (Ariadne auf Naxos) and Balthazar (La Favorite Act I, JPYAP summer performance).

Kim has performed widely in concert and recitals throughout South Korea and Europe. He has sung in Verdi's Requiem on tour in France with the Learning and Participation department of the Royal Opera House, and organized and performed in a concert of Korean music in the Paul Hamlyn Hall. His other performances at the Royal Opera House include Colas (Bastien und Bastienne) and Ogre (El gato con botas) in Meet the Young Artists Weeks.

Videos

News and features

See the opera stars of tomorrow for free at ROH lunchtime recitals

See the opera stars of tomorrow for free at ROH lunchtime recitals

7 January 2014

Jette Parker Young Artists on why recitals are as important as singing on stage.

See the future stars of opera perform in free lunchtime recitals

See the future stars of opera perform in free lunchtime recitals

25 October 2013

Jette Parker Young Artists among those performing in lunchtime concerts.

JPYA Summer Performance 2012/13 showcases opera stars of the future

JPYA Summer Performance 2012/13 showcases opera stars of the future

24 June 2013

Jette Parker Young Artists to perform special selection of staged opera scenes.

Young Artist Profile: Jihoon Kim on Robert le diable and La bohème

Young Artist Profile: Jihoon Kim on Robert le diable and La bohème

13 December 2012

The Korean bass on his experiences with The Royal Opera so far, and adapting to opera in the UK

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