Commanding bass Young Bok Kim has recently dazzled audiences and critics as the title role in Verdi’s Attila, Don Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Timur (Turandot), Bonze (Madama Butterfly), Il Commendatore (Don Giovanni), Sparafucile (Rigoletto), Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte), and Barbarossa in Verdi’s rarely-performed La battaglia di Legnano, all with Sarasota Opera. He will return to Sarasota in 2024 to sing Raimondo (Lucia di Lammermoor).
Mr. Kim made his New York City Opera debut as Colline (La bohème) and went on to sing many other roles with the company, including Zuniga (Carmen), Sarastro and most notably Bonze in their 2008 production of Madama Butterfly, 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 as Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte) with National Opera of Korea and the Seoul Metropolitan Opera, Raimondo and Sarastro with National Opera of Korea, Nino’s Ghost (Semiramide) with City Opera of Seoul, Abbot (Curlew River) with Seoul Metropolitan Opera, and Don Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia) with City Opera of Seoul and Kim Sun International Opera.