Baritone DongWon Kim has portrayed a wide range of operatic roles in Italy, his native Korea and, increasingly, in the United States where he now resides. As member of the National Opera of Korea, he sang Germont in Verdi’s La Traviata, Figaro in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Verdi’s Rigoletto and Amonasro (Aida), Marcello in Puccini’sLa Bohème and Ping in the same composer’s Turandot, Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen, Belcore in Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore, Ottokar in Weber’s Der Freischütz and Dr. Falke in Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus. After a sensational European debut as Valentin in Faust at Treviso’s Teatro Comunale, Italian engagements include Germont (Parma’sTeatro Regio), Enrico in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor (Milan’s Teatro Rosetum), Marcello and Rigoletto(Teatro Tortona), Rigoletto (Teatro Kursaal in Lignano Sabbiadoro). American appearances include Don Pedro in Donizetti’s Maria Padilla and Obrazzano in Rossini’s Tancredi at Opera Boston, the title role of Mozart's Don Giovanni with the New England Conservatory Opera , and in 2013 Enrico at Opera North and Tonio in Leoncavallo’sPagliacci at Connecticut Concert Opera.
Mr. Kim has been welcomed in recital at both the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and Jordan Hall in Boston. As concert soloist, he has appeared with the Shanghai and Korean Broadcasting Symphony Orchestras and Euro-Asian Philharmonic, in repertoire including Mahler’s Eighth Symphony and Beethoven’s Ninth. Awards include First Prizes in the Toti Dal Monte International Competition and the Daeung Lee National Competition. In addition he was granted scholarships to study with Renata Scotto at the Teatro Regio in Parma, and Virginia Zeani at the Bussetto Academia.
Alongside his performing career, Mr. Kim has taught voice in Seoul, Korea at National and HanYang Universities. He holds an undergraduate degree from HanYang University, a Dipoloma from the Verdi Conservatory of Music in Milan and an Artist Diploma in Opera at the New England Conservatory. Lorraine Nubar.
Equally at home on the concert stage, Mr. Kim sings a wide range of baritone and bass literature, having appeared with the Shanghai Symphony, Euro-Asian Philharmonic, and the KBS Symphony. Awards include placing First in the "Toti Dal Monte" International Competition and the "Daeung Lee" National Competition. He was also bestowed scholarships to study with Renata Scotto at the Teatro Regio in Parma, and with Virginia Zeani at the Bussetto Academia.
Colorado Springs Philharmonic semistaged Tosca (2015):
"The entrance of Scarpia is one of the most musically and theatrically powerful moments in all of the arts. DongWon Kim seemed well-suited for this, but when he began singing it was clear that this portrayal was going far beyond any expectations. His beautiful but equally dramatic baritone never failed to reach right to core of the matter. This is a world-class voice. He paced his theatrical performance as if it too were a piece of music, understanding the structure and the climaxes it needed. The drama and sexual tension between Tosca and Scarpia was riveting."
Lucia di Lammermoor at Opera North, August 2013
"It has two star performances by Martellaro and DongWon Kim as Enrico Ashton, who bring not only power and a purity of line to vocally demanding roles but the kind of emotional conviction and truthfulness that sets the best opera singers apart. Are they acting singers or singing actors? They’re both, and you don’t want to miss them if you can help it…In the role of Enrico, Kim dominates with a baleful gaze, and a dark, resonant baritone with an edge of steel."
"Baritone DongWon Kim proved a powerful presence vocally and theatrically as the self-serving brother Enrico."
Donizetti's Maria Padilla, May 2011, Opera Boston:
by Marte"The most vocal pleasure--indeed some of the best Donizetti baritone singing I have heard since Renato Bruson--stemmed from smooth, mellow-sounding Dongwon Kim's Pedro, a credible romantic lead."
-David Shengold, Opera Magazine
"As Don Pedro, baritone DongWon Kim sang with sturdy, well-appointed darkness throughout his range."
-The Boston Globe
"As the King, baritone DongWon Kim sang in robust voice with a suitable authoritarian presence."
-The Boston Musical-Intelligencer
“DongWon Kim was a superb Giovanni, smooth and physically vital, vocally and musically stylish. Kim’s performance of Giovanni’s window serenade was memorable in its sophisticated soulfulness.”
-The Boston Globe
“Baritone DongWon Kim’s Boston debut as the general Obrazzano was also a clear success; Kim’s baritone was rich and flexible—powerful without becoming lumbering or overbearing.”
“Baritone DongWon Kim (Obrazzano) interpreted the voluminous score nobly. It would be especially lovely to see Kim again soon on a Boston stage.”
-The Boston Herald
“The booming baritone of DongWong Kim (was) a particular standout.”
-The Edge (Boston)
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