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 notables debuts and appearances: 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, which was recorded and later released by Opera Rara and won the Oper! 2019 Award for Best Opera Recording.
In the 2019/20 season, Kim makes company debuts with the English National Opera as Rodolfo in a new production of Luisa Miller; Welsh National Opera as Duke of Mantua Rigoletto; and the National Theatre in Prague as Rodolfo La bohème. He also sings Verdi Requiem with Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
Last season Kim made several important debuts including his house debuts as Macduff Macbeth and Rodlfo La bohème at Opernhaus Zürich, Rodolfo La bohème at Oper Stuttgart, Italian Singer Der Rosenkavalier at Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile and Edgardo Lucia di Lamermoor at Dorset Opera Festival. He also sang his first Verdi Requiem with the Oslo Philharmonic and Jun Märkl.
A graduate of the Seoul National University, he made his professional debut as Rodolfo La bohème and subsequently joined the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme in September 2015 until 2017. During these years 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, Gastone La traviata, Augustin Moser Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Count Lerma and Herald Don Carlo and Pong Turandot.
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.