Young Woo Kim
Young Woo Kim began his professional career as a member ofthe Studio at Oper Koeln in Season 2017/18 during which time he sang First Prisoner/Fidelio, Pong/Turandot, Mr Crook/Candide, Gastone/La Traviata, and Ein Jüngerin/Die Gezeichneten. Becoming principal tenor in the ensemble in season 2018/19, his roles include Fenton/Falstaff, Toniolo/Uccellatori, Second Officer/Die Soldaten, Mambre/Mosé in Egitto, Daniel Buchanan/Street Scene, Steersman/Tristan und Isolde, Pong/Turandot, Prince/Das Land des Lächelns (also in Essen) and more recently Don Jose/Carmen, Siegmund/DieWalkure fur jung und alt, title role Faust and Hoffegut/DieVögel. Coming to music later in life, Woo was already involved in another career when a fateful meeting with a music teacher motivated him to apply to Chugye University for the Arts; after two weeks of musical training, he was accepted for the Vocal Studies course, and by his second semester he was the recipient of a full scholarship. He graduated from Chugye as valedictorian with his Bachelors degree in Classical Voice and continued his education there to receive his masters in Classical Voice. During the time he lived in Korea, Woo appeared in various theaters in roles like Turiddu/Cavalleria Rusticana, Don Jose/Carmen, Flavio/Pollione (c)Normaand Tamino/Die Zauber flöte in concert. He placed first in Korea’s Joong Ang Music Concours and was selected by the newspaper Korea Joongang Daily as one of Korea’s top 100 people to showcase the nation. EnteringItaly’s UNESCO Opera Competition, he placed first, an opportunity that allowed him to make his European debut as Rodolfo/La boheme at Verona’s Teatro Filarmonico. Woo continued his education in Ireland at the Royal Irish Academy of Music under Dr. Veronica Dunne, where he received a scholarship and graduated with an Advanced Certificate in Performance. Future engagements in 2022/2023 include role debuts as Erik/Der fliegende Holländer at Die Felsenbühne Festspiele 2022, and Radames/Aida in Germany; other future roles include Bacchus/Ariadne auf Naxos and Cavaradossi/Tosca.