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Jihoon Kim

Biography

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.

Upcoming productions

  • Faust

    Cast as Wagner

    David McVicar’s spectacular production of Gounod’s grand opera is set in decadent 1870s Paris.

  • La traviata

    Cast as Doctor Grenvil

    Verdi’s tragic tale of a Parisian courtesan who sacrifices all for love is vividly told in Richard Eyre’s production.

  • Tosca

    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.

  • Manon Lescaut

    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 main stage in a showcase performance, the culmination of all their hard work over the Season.

  • Rigoletto

    Cast as Count Ceprano

    The corruption of innocence is at the heart of David McVicar's production of Verdi's potent tragedy.

  • Un ballo in maschera

    Cast as Tom

    Katharina Thoma directs a new production of Verdi's tragedy of illicit love, loyalty and betrayal.

Videos

Rehearsals for the Jette Parker Young Artists Summer Performance 2013 - The Royal Opera

News and features

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

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

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

  2. See the future stars of opera perform in free lunchtime recitals

    See the future stars of opera perform in free lunchtime recitals

    Jette Parker Young Artists among those performing in lunchtime concerts.

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

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

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

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

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

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