From: Seoul, South Korea. LA Opera: Romeo in Romeo and Juliet (2024, debut).
Tenor Duke Kim is a grand finals winner of the Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition (2021), and a recent graduate of the Cafritz Young Artist Program at the Washington National Opera.
His engagements for the 2023/24 season include debuts with Irish National Opera and Berkshire Opera Festival in Faust (title role), Pittsburgh Opera in La Traviata (Alfredo), returns to Washington National Opera for Roméo et Juliette (Roméo), and Seattle Opera and Des Moines Metro Opera for The Barber of Seville (Count Almaviva). Concert engagements include his South American debut at Teatro Colón in Messiah, a solo recital at the Korean Music Association and a duet recital with mezzo-soprano Taylor Raven at Seattle Opera.
In the 2022/23 season he made debuts with Seattle Opera in La Traviata (Alfredo); the Glimmerglass Festival, Florentine Opera and Opera San Antonio in Roméo et Juliette (Roméo); Atlanta Opera in Don Giovanni (Don Ottavio); and returned to Palm Beach Opera for Così fan tutte (Ferrando). On the concert stage he debuted with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in Messiah.
2021/22 engagements included Come Home: A Celebration of Return (soloist), Carmen (Le Remendado), and a workshop of Jeanine Tesori’s new opera Grounded (Eric) at Washington National Opera. He also returned to Palm Beach Opera for The Merry Widow (Count Camille de Rosillon) and gave a solo recital with pianist Kyle Naig in Myrtle Beach, NC. On the concert stage he debuted with the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Noseda in Handel's Messiah, Mozart's Requiem and Eine kleine Freimaurer-Kantate and Bach's Magnificat, the Santa Fe Symphony for A Night at the Opera, and Grant Park Music Festival in Haydn's Creation. In the summer, he attended the Académie du Festival Aix-en-Provence.
In the 2020/21 season, Duke returned to Santa Fe Opera as an Apprentice Artist, where he performed in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lysander), covered Lensky in Eugene Onegin and appeared as a guest soloist for Angel Blue in Concert (Act IV duet from La Bohème). Additional artist training programs include Wolf Trap Opera’s Studio Program and Palm Beach Opera‘s Benenson Young Artist Program.
He is a graduate of Chapman University and the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. During his studies, he performed in L’elisir d’amore (Nemorino), Gianni Schicchi (Rinuccio), Little Women (Laurie), and La Finta Giardiniera (Count Belfiore). Additional concert repertoire includes Mendelssohn's Elijah and Saint-Saëns' Oratorio de Noël.
Learn more at DukeKimTenor.com.