Korean tenor David Junghoon Kim is the winner of the Francisco Viñas, Voci Verdiane and Toulouse singing competitions. In recent seasons he has made a series of notable debuts at the Royal Opera House, Zürich Opera, Stuttgart Opera and Glyndebourne Festival.
...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.
"Ascendant Verdi star David Junghoon Kim opened up the relatively limited role of Macduff with aplomb and vivacity; his sword fight with Keenleyside in the spinning golden cage was rather thrilling. His singing in the big final act number, urging the Scottish people to rise up and overthrow their tyrannical leader, was charged with revolutionary zeal"
"...the celebrated Act III tenor aria, sung with radiance, lyricism and power by David Junghoon Kim."
"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."
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 and Zürich Opera, Rodolfo La bohème in Zürich 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 2023/24 season, Junghoon Kim makes debuts at the Welsh National Opera as Alfredo La Traviata; Volksoper Wien as Rodolfo La bohème; Opera Nice Côte d'Azur as the Prince Rusalka and returns to Staatsoper Stuttgart for his role debut as Don Carlos. On the concert platform, he joins Omroep Muziek under the baton of Karina Canellakis as the title role in La Damnation de Faust.
Recent engagements include Rodolfo La bohème at the Royal Opera House and for his company debut at Glyndebourne and for English National Opera’s “Drive & Live” series at the Alexandra Palace, and Cavaradossi Tosca as part of the South Facing Festival; Verdi Requiem debut at the BBC Proms with the BBC Philharmonic; Macduff Macbeth at the Royal Opera House and his role debut as The Prince Rusalka with Alan Gilbert at the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra in Hamburg and also at Stuttgart Opera in a new production.
Other recent engagements include Macduff Macbeth and Rodolfo La bohème at Opernhaus Zürich; Rodolfo La bohème at Oper Stuttgart; Italian Singer Der Rosenkavalier at Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile and Royal Opera House; Edgardo Lucia di Lammermoor at Dorset Opera Festival and Duca Rigoletto at Welsh National Opera.
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. As a member of the JPYAP, his roles included 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.
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