Korean tenor Alfred Kim sings Calaf (Turandot) for The Royal Opera in the 2013/14 Season. Kim has twice stepped in at short notice for The Royal Opera to sing the title role in Don Carlo, making his Company debut replacing Rolando Villazón for one performance in 2008 and returning in 2009 to replace Jonas Kaufmann for one performance.
Kim was born in Korea and studied in Seoul, Frankfurt and Karlsruhe. He was a member of the state operas in Kassel and Wiesbaden and joined the ensemble at Frankfurt Opera in 2009, after making his debut with the company the previous season as Carlo (I masnadieri). His roles in Frankfurt have included Henri (Les Vêpres siciliennes), Gabriele Adorno (Simon Boccanegra), Rodolfo (La bohème), Cavaradossi (Tosca) and the title roles in Don Carlo and Les Contes d'Hoffmann. Engagements elsewhere have included Don Alvaro (La forza del destino) at Liceu, Barcelona, Calaf in Berlin, Don Carlo in Vienna, Radames (Aida) in Seville, Cavaradossi in Vienna, Berlin and Rome and Manrico (Il trovatore) for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, and in Barcelona and Toulouse. Kim performs widely in concert, under conductors including Chung, Barenboim, Maazel, Metha, Oren and Rattle.
Kim's awards include first prize at the 1997 International Belvedere Singing Competition, second prize at the 1998 ARD Music Competition, Munich, and a special prize at Operalia in 2002. In 2013 Kim became a professor at the Kyung Hee University, Seoul.