Kangmin Justin Kim
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 was nominated for the 2016 Faust Theatre Prize for his performance in this role, as well as for "Opernwelt" Magazine's 2016 Singer of the Year Award. As part of John Eliot Gardiner's "Monteverdi 450" Project, he performed Nerone ("L’Incoronazione di Poppea") in numerous major venues in Europe and America. After introducing himself to the Wiesbaden public as Hamor ("Jephtha") during the 2017/18 season, he now returns to the Wiesbaden State Theatre to sing the role of Idamante in "Idomeneo".