Kangmin Justin Kim

Kangmin Justin Kim

In just a few years Korean-American Kangmin Justin Kim has established himself as one of the most sought-after countertenors of his generation, having collaborated with such prestigious conductors as Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Mark Minkowski, Andrea Marcon and Michael Hofstetter.


Engagements of the 2017/18 season and beyond include Nerone in L'incoronazione di Poppea and Speranza in L'Orfeo at the Lincoln Center in New York, the Philharmonie of Berlin and Paris and the Harris Theatre in Chicago conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Prince Orlofsky in a new production of Die Fledermaus at Oper Köln, Giulio Cesare for his Glyndebourne debut conducted by William Christie as well as a staged production of Handel's Jephtha and Idamante in a new production of Idomeneo at the Maifestspiele Wiesbaden conducted by Konrad Junghänel.


His busy 2016/17 season included L'incoronazione di Poppea and Speranza in L'Orfeo for his Salzburg Festival, Edinburgh Festival and Lucerne Festival debuts and for his debut at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice conducted by Gardiner, Cesare in Vivaldi's Catone in Utica at Oper Köln, Orfeo in Handel's Parnasso in festa at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam conducted by Andrea Marcon, his debut at the Teatro San Carlo of Naples in Britten's Canticles alongside Ian Bostridge, Carmina Burana with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Barzane in Vivaldi's Arsilda with the Collegium 1704 in Bratislava, Caen, Lille, Luxembourg and Versailles, Speranza in L'Orfeo at Opéra de Dijon, and Romeo in Zingarelli's Giulietta e Romeo at the Rokokotheater of Schwetzingen.


Among his many other successes since his professional operatic debut in 2013 are Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus for his Parisian debut at the Opéra Comique conducted by Marc Minkowski, Oreste in La Belle Hélène at the Théâtre du Châtelet of Paris, Sesto in La clemenza di Tito at Opéra de Montpellier, Idamante in Idomeneo at Stadttheater Gießen under the baton of Michael Hofstetter, Enea in the Handel/Vinci pasticcio Didone abbandonata at the Handel Festival Halle, his first Sesto in Giulio Cesare at the Handel Week Festival Oak Park, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Didone abbandonata and Kalitzke's newly written opera, Pym at Theater Heidelberg. He could also be heard in Gala Concerts at the Styriarte Graz and at the Rokokotheater Schloss Schwetzingen.


Kangmin Justin Kim was born in South Korea and grew up in Chicago. He studied voice, opera, and musical theater at Northwestern University in Evanston and the Royal Academy of Music, London.


For his interpretation of the title role of Pym he received nominations as “Best Singer” of the 2015/16 season for the German theatre award DER FAUST 2016 and from the magazine Opernwelt as “Singer of the year 2016”.


October 2017