Korean bass-baritone Kihwan Sim makes his Royal Opera debut in the 2017/18 Season as First Nazarene (Salome).
Sim studied at Yonsei University College of Music and the Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Hamburg, with Geert Smits. His awards include first prize at the Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition and the International Long-Thibaud-Crespin Competition, and second prize at the Neue Stimmen Competition and the Paris International Opera Competition. He made his European debut in 2010 as Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro) for Darmstadt State Theatre, with subsequent engagements including Masetto (Don Giovanni) at the Savonlinna Opera Festival. He joined the ensemble of Frankfurt Opera in 2012, where his roles have included Duke of Albany (Reinmann’s Lear), Colline (La bohème), Figaro, Talbot (Maria Stuarda), Count Rodolfo (La sonnambula), Procida (I vespri siciliani), Gottardo (La gazza ladra), Raimondo Bidebent (Lucia di Lammermoor), Oberto, Nick Shadow (The Rake’s Progress), Silva (Ernani) and Escamillo (Carmen). Engagements elsewhere include Procida for Nice Opera and Colline for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, and Cologne Opera.
Sim’s discography includes Das Liebesverbot and Ariadne auf Naxos, both on Oehms Classics. Television appearances include on Rolando Villazón’s Stars of Tomorrow.