Korean bass Jihoon Kim was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme in the 2011/12 and 2012/13 Seasons. He studied at the National University of Seoul and the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan, and has won many top prizes in international competitions in South Korea and in Italy.
He made his Royal Opera debut as Montano (Otello, Act IV) in the Plácido Domingo Celebration, followed by Alessio (La sonnambula), Ortel (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Count Ceprano (Rigoletto), Hector’s Ghost (Les Troyens), Montano (Otello), Don Prudenzio (Il viaggio a Reims) and Monterone (Rigoletto, Act II) for Plácido Domingo’s Operalia Gala. During the course of the 2012/13 Season he sang Colas in Bastien und Bastienne (Meet the Young Artists Week), Fourth Chevalier/Monk (Robert le diable), Colline (La bohème), Zaretsky (Eugene Onegin), Sciarrone (Tosca), Second Man in Armour (Die Zauberflöte), Flemish Deputy (Don Carlo), Pietro (Simon Boccanegra) and Servant (Capriccio). In the 2013/14 Season he is Jette Parker Principal.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 has also performed in concerts and recitals in South Korea and Europe.
Die Frau ohne Schatten
Cast as Second Nightwatchman
Director Claus Guth reveals the darker elements of Strauss’s exotic fairytale in a striking new production.
Cast as Wagner
David McVicar’s spectacular production of Gounod’s grand opera is set in decadent 1870s Paris.
Cast as Doctor Grenvil
Verdi’s tragic tale of a Parisian courtesan who sacrifices all for love is vividly presented in Richard Eyre’s production.
Cast as Sciarrone
Drama, passion and fabulous music – Tosca is one of the great evenings of opera. Jonathan Kent’s production is set against the turbulent backdrop of Rome in 1800.
Cast as Act III Sergeant
Puccini’s first triumph returns to Covent Garden for the first time in 30 years in a new staging by Jonathan Kent.
Ariadne auf Naxos
Cast as Lackey
Grand passions and comedy collide with wonderful effect in Christof Loy’s production of Strauss’s dazzling opera.
JPYA Summer Performance
Cast as Balthazar (La favorite)
The Royal Opera's stars of tomorrow take to the stage with the first acts of Donizetti's La Favorite and Mozart's Così fan tutte.
News and features
Jette Parker Young Artists on why recitals are as important as singing on stage.
Jette Parker Young Artists among those performing in lunchtime concerts.
Jette Parker Young Artists to perform special selection of staged opera scenes.
The Korean bass on his experiences with The Royal Opera so far, and adapting to opera in the UK