Deborah Sanders

Arts Management

Young Woo Kim


Young Woo Kim is currently appearing in his debut as Bacchus Ariadne auf Naxos at Garsington Opera, winning excellent reviews for his performances. Other recent role debuts include his success as Radames Aida at Theater Bielefeld, and as Erik Der fliegende Holländer at Die Felsenbühne Festspiele 2022, a role he later repeated at Oper Köln where he is in the permanent ensemble. Other principal roles in Koeln include Hylas Les Troyens, the title role Faust, Don Jose Carmen, Siegmund Die Walkure fur jung und alt, and Hoffegut Die Vögel.

Mr Kim’s future engagements include Don Jose at Staatsoper Hannover, Cavaradossi Tosca at Oper Hamburg and at Oper Koeln, and further performances as Faust, also in Koeln.





“Garsington’s real triumph is in the casting…The almost unsingable part of Bacchus often makes the last half hour feel like an endurance test, yet here with tirelessly ringing tone Young Woo Kim proves himself quite a revelation and a new heroic tenor to watch. He has appealing presence, too.”  John Allison, The Telegraph, 19 June 2023 

“Kim is a powerful new voice which will be heard in bigger houses…” Claudia Pritchard, Culture Whisper, 19 June, 2023. 



“Young Woo Kim’s Tenor / Bacchus handles an unforgiving part well (Strauss famously did not like tenors and made it clear in his music). His dynamic outbursts once washed up on Naxos send a chill up the spine, piercing the still air in the auditorium.” Grace Richardson, London-Unattached, 19 June, 2023.