A 2017 graduate 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. A graduate of the Seoul National University, he made his professional debut as Rodolfo La bohème and subsequently joined Royal Opera House in September 2015.
Over the two years at the programme he was heard as the Italian Singer Der Rosenkavalier, Venditore Il tabarro, Arturo Lucia di Lammermoor (also covering Edgardo), Ruiz Il trovatore, Flavio Norma, Nathanael Les contes d’Hoffmann, Lamplighter Manon Lescaut, Ruiz Il trovatore, Gastone La traviata, Augustin Moser Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Count Lerma and Herald Don Carlo and Pong Turandot.
On the concert platform Kim has performed Verdi Requiem at the Cremona Cathedral, Italy, and Beethoven Symphony No. 9 at the Seoul Art Centre with Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.
This season Kim makes a series of role and house debuts: Alfredo in a new production of La traviata at Oper Köln, Macduff Macbeth at the Royal Opera House, 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. Further ahead he makes debuts with Opern Zurich and Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile.
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 show-off triumph of the evening belonged to Korean tenor David Junghoon Kim. Musicality and the high notes just pour out of him, and his sensitivity in plangent moments was authentically Italianate, too
David Junghoon Kim, an impressive Ruiz in the new Trovatore, quickly established himself as a natural actor with an attractive tone as Kudrjáš.
Seen and Heard International
David Junghoon Kim was an ebullient and strongly characterised Kudrjáš.