Korean bass In Sung Sim made his Royal Opera debut in 2016 as Phorbas (Oedipe). He returns in the 2016/17 Season to sing Lodovico (Otello) and Timur (Turandot). In the 2017/18 Season he sings Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte) and Colline (La bohème).
Sim studied in South Korea and at the Vienna Conservatory and the Centre National d’Artistes Lyriques, Marseille. His career was launched in 2000 when he won two prizes in the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition, the zarzuela prize in Operalia and third prize in the Queen Sonja International Music Competition. He now sings for such companies as Arena di Verona, Teatro Filarmonico di Verona, Teatro Verdi Trieste, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Vienna Volksoper, Israeli Opera, Teatro Municipal de Santiago, Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, Teatro Regio, Turin, Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse, Monte-Carlo Opera, Opéra de Montpellier, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan and for Glyndebourne Festival. His repertory includes Don Giovanni and the Commendatore (Don Giovanni), Sarastro, Rocco (Fidelio), Raimondo Bidebent (Lucia di Lammermoor), Count Rodolfo (La sonnambula), Sir Giorgio (I puritani), Zaccaria (Nabucco), Silva (Ernani), Attila and Leone (Attila), Sparafucile (Rigoletto), the Marquis of Calatrava (La forza del destino), King of Egypt (Aida), Fafner (Das Rheingold and Siegfried), Hunding (Die Walküre), Klingsor (Parsifal), Timur, Pimen (Boris Godunov) and Don Quichotte.
Sim performs regularly in concert throughout Europe, and has appeared in recital for the opera houses of Marseilles and Avignon, among others. His discography includes Faramondo for EMI and Alessandro for Decca.