An alumnus of the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme, Korean tenor David Junghoon Kim is the winner of the much-coveted Francisco Viñas, Voci Verdiane and Toulouse singing competitions. Since his graduation from the programme in 2017, Kim has made a series of notable debuts and appearances: as Alfredo in a new production of La Traviata in Cologne, Macduff Macbeth at the Royal Opera House, Rodolfo La bohème in Zurich and Stuttgart; Roméo Roméo et Juliette at Grange Park Opera, and Leone de Casaldi in concert performances of the world premiere of Donizetti’s L’ange de Nisida with Sir Mark Elder at the Royal Opera House - recorded and later released by Opera Rara.
In the 2021/22 season, Kim makes anticipated returns to the Royal Opera House as Macduff Macbeth, to English National Opera as Rodolfo La bohème and at Oper Stuttgart he makes a hugely exciting debut as The Prince in a new production of Rusalka. Kim also makes his company debut at Glyndebourne as Rodolfo La bohème and at Scottish Opera as the tenor soloist in a Puccini Gala Concert.
Highlights of the 2020/21 season included Rodolfo La bohème for English National Opera’s‘ Drive & Live’ series at the Alexandra Palace and Cavaradossi Tosca as part of the South Facing Festival; and an invitation to make his company debut with The National Theatre Opera, Prague as Rodolfo La bohème.
Further recent successes also include company debuts with English National Opera as Rodolfo in a new production of Luisa Miller; Duke of Mantua Rigoletto with Welsh National Opera; Rodolfo La bohème at Opernhaus Zurich and in Stuttgart; Macduff Macbeth at Opernhaus Zürich; Italian Singer Der Rosenkavalier at Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile and at Royal Opera House; Edgardo Lucia di Lammermoor at Dorset Opera Festival, and his Verdi Requiem debut with the Oslo Philharmonic and Jun Märkl.
A graduate of the Seoul National University, he made his professional debut as Rodolfo La bohème, subsequently joining the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme from 2015-17.
Edgardo Lucia di Lammermoor*
Tonio La fille du regiment
Roméo Roméo et Juliette*
Rodolfo La bohème
Italian Singer Der Rosenkavalier
Duke of Mantua Rigoletto*
"The top purely vocal thrill of the evening came from former Royal Opera Jette Parker Young Artist David Junghoon Kim (pictured left), the bright Verdi tenor [came] to... life, nuanced, subtle in piano, searingly intense at full pelt, making an absolute dream of the opera’s best-known aria, best known in the Italian as “Quando le sere al placido”."
"As for Kennedy himself, the stately Korean tenor David Junghoon Kim dispatches his difficult but well-trodden music with considerable brilliance, while managing to look a very plausible US President…enjoyed very much his ease of delivery and flexibility of tone."
"...this was a tremendous performance which revealed a sure sense of bel canto idiom and a powerful tenor with plenty of penetrating presence. His phrasing was elegant, from his first avowals of love to his bitter rejection of the King...The tenor went from strength to strength, growing in dramatic confidence as the action progressed."