Kangmin Justin Kim

Photo: Victor Santiago
Korean-American countertenor Kangmin Justin Kim is a graduate of the Northwestern University in Evanston (Illinois, USA) and the Royal Academy of Music in London. He has won numerous international competitions and made his operatic debut in 2013 as Menelao in a production of Cavalli's "Elena" at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, followed by Orlofsky ("Die Fledermaus") in 2014/15 at the Opéra Comique, Sesto ("La clemenza di Tito") in Montpellier and Oreste ("La belle Hélène") at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. He was a member of the Heidelberg Opera ensemble during the 2015/16 season, with roles including Cherubino ("Le nozze di Figaro"), Aeneas in the German premiere of Leonardo Vinci's "Didone abbandonata" at the "Winter in Schwetzingen" Baroque Festival, as well as the specially-created title role in Johannes Kalitzke's world premiere "Pym".

He has since made his debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden (Cherubino in "Le nozze di Figaro"), the Vienna State Opera (Henze's "Das verratene Meer"), Glyndebourne (Handel's "Giulio Cesare"), Theater an der Wien (Annio in "La clemenza di Tito") and the Berlin State Opera. In addition, he has appeared with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Paris Philharmonic and has performed at the Festivals in Salzburg, Edinburgh and Lucerne (Nerone in "L'Incoronazione di Poppea").

Engagements during the 2021/22 season include the revival of "Das verratene Meer" at the Vienna State Opera, Giacomelli's "La Merope" at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Ruggiero in "Alcina" in Brno, Caen and Versailles and the title role of the world premiere of "M. Butterfly" at Santa Fe Opera.

He made his Wiesbaden debut during the 2017/28 season as Hamor in "Jephtha" and returned in 2018/19 so sing Idamante in "Idomeneo".