Justin Kim Kangmin

Kangmin Justin Kim was born in South Korea and grew up in Chicago. He is a graduate of the Northwestern University in Evanstrom (Illinois, USA) and the Royal Academy of Music in London. He has established himself in only a few years as one of the world’s most sought-after countertenors. Engagements in recent years include débuts at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden as Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, the Berlin State Opera as Nerone in L’incoronazione di Poppea and at the Theater an der Wien as Annio in La clemenza di Tito; Ruggiero in Alcina in at the Opéra national de Lorraine in Nancy, Barzane in Arsilda in Dresden and Prague, Idelberto in Lotario in Berne, Idamante in Idomeneo at am Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden, and gala concerts at Dallas Opera and in New York. In recent years Kim also appeared as Nerone and as Speranza in L'Orfeo at the Salzburg Festival, the Philharmonie de Paris, Edinburgh Festival, Lucerne Festival, Berlin Festival, in Chicago, New York's Lincoln Center and the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, as Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus and Cesare in Vivaldi’s Catone in Utica at Cologne Opera, in his Glyndebourne début in Giulio Cesare, as Orfeo in Handel’s Parnasso in festa at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, in his début at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples in Britten’s Canticles, in Carmina Burana with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, as Orlofsky at his Paris début at the Opéra Comique, Oreste in La belle Hélène at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Barzane in Vivaldi’s Arsilda with the Collegium 1704 in Bratislava, Caen, Lille, Luxembourg and Versailles, Speranza at the Opéra de Dijon, Sesto in La clemenza di Tito at the Opéra de Montpellier, Idamante in Idomeneo in Giessen, and as Sesto in Giulio Cesare at the Handel Week Festival in Oak Park (USA). 

As a member of the ensemble at the Theater & Orchester Heidelberg his appearances in the 2015/16 season included the title role of Pym (world première), as Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Romeo in Zingarelli’s Giulietta e Romeo and Enea in Didone abbandonata.