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 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."