Commanding bass Young Bok Kim has recently dazzled audiences and critics in the title role of ATTILA, Sarastro in DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE, Sparafucile in RIGOLETTO, the Bass soloist in Verdi’s REQUIEM and Barbarossa in Verdi’s rarely-performed LA BATTAGLIA DI LEGNANO, all with Sarasota Opera. A favorite of Sarasota audiences, he will return to Sarasota in the 2024 season as Raimondo in LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR and will return to Opera Delaware and Opera Baltimore as Sparafucile in RIGOLETTO.
A native of Korea, Mr. Kim appears frequently on Korean stages, most recently singing Don Alfonso in COSÌ FAN TUTTE with National Opera of Korea and the Seoul Metropolitan Opera. His other Korean credits include Raimondo in LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR and Sarastro in DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE with National Opera of Korea, Nino’s Ghost in SEMIRAMIDE with City Opera of Seoul, Abbot in CURLEW RIVER with Seoul Metropolitan Opera and Don Basilio in IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA with City Opera of Seoul and Kim Sun International Opera.
Mr. Kim currently lives in New York and made his New York City Opera debut as Colline in LA BOHÈME. He went on to sing many other roles with the company, including Zuniga in CARMEN, Sarastro in DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE and most notably Bonze in MADAMA BUTTERFLY, which received the 2008 Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class — Classical Musical / Dance Program. Mr. Kim has sung with Dallas Opera, Utah Opera, Opera North, Opera New Jersey, Opera Boston, Nashville Opera, Nevada Opera, El Paso Opera, Opera Delaware, Baltimore Concert Opera, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and Teatro Grattacielo, among others.
An incredibly versatile artist, Mr. Kim’s extensive repertoire also includes Ramfis in AÏDA, Ferrando in IL TROVATORE, Phillip II in DON CARLOS, Lodovico/Montano in OTELLO, Fiesco in SIMON BOCCANEGRA, Frère Laurent in ROMEO ET JULIETTE, Marquis in DIALOGUES DES CARMÉLITES, Archibaldo in L’AMORE DI TRE RÈ, Padre Guardiano in LA FORZA DEL DESTINO, Capellio in I CAPULETI ED I MONTECCHI, Mephistopheles in FAUST, Oroveso in NORMA, Commendatore in DON GIOVANNI, Alvise in LA GIOCONDA, Angelotti in TOSCA, Old Hebrew in SAMSON ET DALILA, Truffaldino in ARIADNE AUF NAXOS , Prince Gremin in EUGENE ONEGIN, Trulove in THE RAKE’S PROGRESS, Massimiliano in I MASNADIERI and Nilakantha in LAKMÉ.
Mr. Kim received both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music from Chung-Ang University in Korea. He then completed another Master’s degree and professional studies certificate at the Mannes College of Music, and studied further at the Juilliard Opera Center. During his years at Mannes, Mr. Kim received the Marion Marcus Wahl Award for Excellence in performance. As a young artist, he made his Aspen Opera Theater Center debut as Colline in LA BOHÈME with Maestro Julius Rudel and sang the First Apprentice in WOZZECK with Maestro James Conlon.
The suavely authoritative bass
by Zachary Woolfe - NY Times
Young-Bok Kim offered an acting performance: the bass had considered stance, gait, gesture, and facial expression, listened to his colleagues' words, and phrased his own music with commendable artistry in a flowing, pleasantly vibratoed basso cantante."
by David Shengold - Opera News
Young Bok Kim, as courtier Don Ramiro, coupled a heavy, ringing bass to a self-assured nefariousness.
by Matthew Guerrieri - Boston Globe
Sparafucile in Rigoletto
Opera Delaware and Opera Baltimore
Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor