Biography

Robin Yujoong Kim, hailed by David Shengold in the Chautauqua Daily for his work in the world premier of “The Romeo and Juliet Project”--“he has virtually an ideal voice for the French repertory and sang beautifully, seeming a major find,”-- completed his tenure as a member of the Young Artist Development Program at the Zürich Opera.

Most recently, Mr. Kim made his sensational house debut with Semperoper in Dresden as Roderigo in Otello under Thielemann. He will be singing as Nemorino in L’Elisir D’amore at Hannover State Opera and at Danish National Opera, as Steuermann in Der Fliegende Holländer with Passions theater Oberammergau in Oberammergau in Germany. He played as Sou-Choung in Das Land des Lächelns directed by Aron Stiehl with Klagenfurt state opera in Austria.

In the 2015-16 season, Mr. Kim sang in Concertgebouw in Amsterdam as Yamadori in Madama Butterfly and in Carnegie Hall in New York City as Deok In Lee in the US premiere Korean Opera ‘Seon Bi’. He finished touring at Lincoln Center and Canada with Juilliard 415 in G.P. Telemann’s Die Tageszeiten conducted by Maestro McGegan. He sang Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni with Venture opera in NYC. Recently, he made his role debut as Alfredo in La Traviata with Biel, Solothurn, and Vevey Opera in Switzerland and also he sang Bastien in ‘Bastien und Bastienne’ with Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego.

In the 2014-2015 season, he sang Tanzmeister in Ariadne auf Naxos conducted by Maestro Fabio Luisi and made an auspicious main role debut as Robin Hood in Robin Hood directed by Andreas Homoki at the Zürich Opera. He also sang the Young Man in Die Frau ohne Schatten, Sir Hervey in Anna Bolena with Anna Nebtreko, and Harry in La Fanciulla del West with Marco Armiliato conducting. Mr. Kim made his Korea National Opera debut as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni. He also performed in Rigoletto and La Traviata at the Seoul Arts Center conducted by Stephen Lord and he performed his third Tamino in Switzerland with Schloss Hallwyl Opera Festival.

At the Chautauqua Music Festival, he sang Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, and Romeo in the Romeo and Juliet Project. At the Aspen Music Festival he made his role debut as Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, and also sang Nemorino in L'Elisir d'Amore, Belfiore in La Finta Giardiniera, Claudio in Wagner’s Das Liebesverbot, Ruggero in La Rondine and Il Duca di Mantova in Rigoletto. He made his Lincoln Center debut as Don Ottavio with the Juilliard Opera directed by Stephen Wadsworth with Gary Wedow conducting and covered the role of Renaud in the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Program and Juilliard’s co-production of Armide.

In concert, he will be singing Beethoven Symphony no.9 with Florida Orchestra. Mr. Kim sang in Paris in a program managed by José van Dam at the Musée Jacquemart-André and he also performed in Japan with Kiri Te Kanawa. At Alice Tully Hall, Mr. Kim performed with Brian Zeger for Songfest. He has appeared as a soloist in several other concerts, including Bach’s Mass in b minor with the L.A. Master Chorale, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, and Haydn’s Creation.

Robin Yujoong Kim is the recipient of First International Singer Prize from the Jeunes Amnassadeurs Lyriques in Montréal and winner of the Giulio Gari International Vocal Competition in 2014. He was an Eastern region finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council in 2013 and the second prize winner of the Palm Springs Opera Guild Vocal Competition in 2011.

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Reviews

Anna Bolena, G. Donizetti, Opernhaus Zürich, April 2015
"tenor Yujoong Kim sang efficiently the phrases of perfidious"

Die Frau Ohne Schatten, R. Strauss, Opernhaus Zürich, November 2014

"Sehr gut auch der Jüngling, der zuerst von einem Tänzer, dann vom Tenor Yujoong Kim perfekt „gedoubelt“ wurde."

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