This season, Korean-American tenor Seiyoung Kim will join Santa Fe Opera for the workshop of Huang Ruo’s M. Butterfly.
During the 2018-2019 season, Mr. Kim made his debut at Wolf Trap Opera singing Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos. At Wolf Trap, Mr. Kim was also selected to sing in a public masterclass with Lawrence Brownlee. In addition, Mr. Kim participated in Santa Fe Opera’s initial workshop of M. Butterfly in New York City. At New England Conservatory, Mr. Kim sang the role of Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi and the role of Basilio in Le Nozze di Figaro, and covered the title role in Candide. Mr. Kim was also seen in NEC’s Liederabend series and in the Perkin Opera Scenes Program as Don Ramiro from La Cenerentola and as Tonio from La fille du régiment, and sang in a public masterclass with Gregory Kunde in historic Jordan Hall.
In the 2017-2018 season, Mr. Kim was a member of Santa Fe Opera’s prestigious Apprentice Program, where he covered the roles of Tanzmeister and Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos. At NEC, Mr. Kim sang the role of Tamino in Die Zauberflöte and the role of Jimmy O’Keefe in Musto's Later the Same Evening. Mr. Kim also sang in a masterclass with Lawrence Brownlee, sang the role of Niobe in the workshop of White Snake Projects’ Permadeath, and was chosen as a soloist for NEC’s 150th Anniversary Gala Performance in Jordan Hall.
In past seasons, Mr. Kim sang the role of Fileno in Haydn’s La fedeltà premiata, performed in the scenes programs as Fritz from L’amico Fritz and as Lurcanio from Ariodante, and covered Mercurio in Cavalli’s La Calisto and Erster Geharnischter in Die Zauberflöte at The Juilliard School. As a passionate recitalist, Mr. Kim was heard in Juilliard’s Liederabend series singing lieder selections of Beethoven, Schubert, and Wolf. Mr. Kim was also the 2017 fellow at the Berlin Opera Academy where he sang the roles of Tanzmeister and Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos. In the summer of 2015, he was chosen to participate in Houston Grand Opera’s Young Artists’ Vocal Academy.
At the age of 17, Mr. Kim was invited by the Korean Government to sing the Korean national anthem at the national ceremony of the 4343rd Anniversary of the National Foundation, which was broadcast all over Korea. Mr. Kim was a concerto competition winner at Seoul Arts High School, where he made his concert debut at the Seoul Arts Center’s Concert Hall under Maestro Nanse Gum in 2011. That year, he also performed as a soloist with the Prime Philharmonic Orchestra and was awarded 1st prizes from the Korea Voice (Lee Dae-Woong) Competition, the Sungjeong Competition, the Suri Music Concours, the Ewha and Kyunghyang Music Concours, and the Korea Herald Music competition. His education in Korea was supported by the Woongjin Foundation and the Sungjung Foundation. Childhood roles, beginning with his first operatic appearance as one of the children in La Boheme at the age of 5, include the roles of Commissionario in La traviata, Zwei Knabe in Die Zauberflöte, Kurt in The Sound of Music, and Young Scrooge in The Christmas Carol. In addition, as a chorus member, Mr. Kim has performed in numerous operas and concerts, including La Boheme, Andrea Chénier, Youngjo Lee’s Tcheo Yong, Le nozze di Figaro, Poulenc’s Les mamelles de Tirésias, Janacek’s Katya Kabanova, Madama Butterfly, Candide, and Doctor Atomic. Mr. Kim is an alumnus of Seoul Arts High School, The Juilliard School, and New England Conservatory.