Hak Soo Kim, tenor
Count Almaviva, The Barber of Seville
Born in Seoul Korea, Korean-American tenor Hak Soo Kim returns to Sarasota to sing Count Almaviva in this season's revival of The Barber of Seville. Mr. Kim won critical acclaim last season for his performances as The Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto and Edoardo di Sanval in Verdi's A King for a Day (Un giorno di regno). A recent alumnus of the Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program at Los Angeles Opera, Mr. Kim is rapidly garnering high remarks both in Europe and America for his interpretation of the Bel Canto repertoire. Mr. Kim recently made his European debut as Conte Libenskof in Il Viaggio a Reims at the Festival Giovane of Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, where he worked with Maestro Alberto Zedda. In the 2010-2011 season, he debuted at Sarasota Opera as Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola and returned to LA Opera to cover Don Narciso in Il Turco in Italia. In addition, he sang the role of Uriel in Haydn’s Die Schöpfung with Los Angeles Master Chorale under Maestro Grant Gershon.
In the 2009-2010 season at LA Opera, Mr. Kim covered Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore and performed the role of Conte Almaviva in the student matinee performance of Il Barbiere di Siviglia. In American premier of Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten, he portrayed a role of A Youth under the baton of James Conlon. After making the company debut as Remendado in Carmen, he sang First Priest in Die Zauberflöte and Gastone in La Traviata, also covering the role of Alfredo.
As a concert artist, he made his Ravinia Festival debut at Borsa in Rigoletto with Chicago Symphony Orchestra, appeared in Zarzuela concert under the direction of Plácido Domingo and was the tenor soloist in Stravinsky’s Les Noces with Monmouth Civic Chorus.