Korean-American tenor HAK SOO KIM (Remendado) recently completed his second-year of residence as a Domingo-Thornton Young Artist at LA Opera, where he made his company debut as Remendado in Carmen. In his debut season at LA Opera, he also sang the roles of First Priest in Die Zauberflöte and Gastone in La traviata; in the latter he also covered the role of Alfredo.
In his second season, he performed as Conte Almaviva in the student matinee performance of Il barbiere di Siviglia and as A Youth in the American debut of Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten under the baton of James Conlon. He also covered the role of Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore in the beginning of the season.
Kim graduated from Northwestern University with a BA in German and wrote his thesis on German post-unification literature at Eberhard Karls Universität in Tübingen, Germany. While at Northwestern University, he sang Fenton in Falstaff and Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi. As a member of Opera Colorado Outreach Ensemble, he played the roles of Ernesto in Don Pasquale and Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola. In addition, he participated in the Apprentice Singer concert at Santa Fe Opera as Matteo in Arabella and Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
As a concert artist, he made his Ravinia Festival debut at Borsa in Rigoletto with Chicago Symphony Orchestra, appeared in a zarzuela concert under the direction of Plácido Domingo, and was the tenor soloist in Stravinsky’s Les Noces with Monmouth Civic Chorus.
Kim has received many awards and grants, including those at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, The Loren L. Zachary National Vocal Competition, Opera Buffs, and Pasadena Opera Guild. He is a student of Dr. Julian Kwok.