Deborah Sanders

Arts Management

Young Woo Kim


Graduating from the Vocal Studio at Chugye University of the Arts with his batchelor’s degree and his master’s degree in Classical Voice, South Korean tenor Young Woo Kim joined Oper Köln’s International Opera Studio from 2016-18 and moved to the permanent ensemble the following season. Recent highlights include his debut as Bacchus Ariadne auf Naxos at Garsington Opera in the UK; in Germany, he made debuts as Radames Aida at Theater Bielefeld and Erik Der fliegende Holländer at Die Felsenbühne Festspiele and at Oper Köln. Other principal roles in Cologne include Fenton Falstaff, Hoffmann Hoffmann’s Tales for Children, Hylas Les Troyens, title role Faust, Don Jose Carmen, Hoffegut Die Vögel, and Siegmund Die Walküre für Jung und Alt to name a few. Recent and future engagements include Don Jose at Staatsoper Hannover, Cavaradossi at Oper Hamburg and Opera Australia, and performances as Bacchus, Faust and Cavaradossi in leading German opera houses.




“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.


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