Gihoon Kim was named BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2021 – 'winner Gihoon Kim rose highest with a velvet baritone capable of inspiring tears and awe.' (The Guardian)
From South Korea, Kim has risen to prominence following a string of international competition successes, including winning Second Prize and the Audience Prize at Operalia 2019, and the Second Prize at the 2019 International Tchaikovsky Competition.
This season, Kim will make a string of house debuts including at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Marcello in La bohème and at the Dallas Opera as Scarpia in Tosca, as well as at the Bayerische Staatsoper. On the concert platform Kim will make his debut at Wigmore Hall.
Last season, highlights included his US debut with Washington National Opera as Marcello in La bohème, a role which also saw him make his debut at the Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Korea National Opera. In future seasons, Kim will make his debut at the Metropolitan Opera and with Danish Royal Opera.
Kim is a former member of the Junges Ensemble at Staatstheater Hannover which he joined after his studies with Kwan-dong Kim at the Yonsei University in Seoul.
The Guardian, June 2021
'Winner Gihoon Kim rose highest with a velvet baritone capable of inspiring tears and awe.'
BBC Music Magazine, June 2021
'Gihoon has a Rolls Royce of a voice... he has breath control that goes on forever.'
The Arts Desk, June 2021
'And what a voice... burnished and beautiful, what breath control.'