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Commanding bass Young Bok Kim has dazzled audiences and critics as the title role in Verdi’s Atilla, The Barber of Seville (Don Basilio), Turandot (Timur), Madama Butterfly (Bonze), Don Giovanni (Commendatore), Rigoletto (Sparafucile), Die Zauberflöte (Sarastro) and Barbarossa in Verdi’s rarely-performed La battaglia di Legnano (Barbarossa) all with Sarasota Opera. Other recent successes include his Opera Colorado debut in Turandot (Timur) and a return to Opera Delaware in Rigoletto (Sparafucile). He will also return to Sarasota in 2024 to sing in Lucia di Lammermoor (Raimondo). Mr. Kim made his New York City Opera debut in La bohème (Colline) and went on to sing many times with the company, including Carmen (Zuniga), Die Zauberflöte (Sarastro), and, most notably, the 2008 production of Madama Butterfly (Bonze), which received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class—Classical Musical/Dance Program. Mr. Kim has also sung with Kentucky Opera, 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. A native of Korea, Mr. Kim appears frequently on Korean stages, appearing in Così fan tutte (Don Alfonso) with National Opera of Korea and the Seoul Metropolitan Opera, Die Zauberflöte (Sarastro) and Lucia di Lammermoor (Raimondo) with National Opera of Korea, Semiramide (Nino’s Ghost) with City Opera of Seoul, Curlew River (Abbot) with Seoul Metropolitan Opera, and The Barber of Seville (Don Basilio) with City Opera of Seoul and Kim Sun International Opera.