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Kihwan Sim

Bass-baritone

Kihwan Sim
© Barbara Aumüller

Kihwan Sim, a former member of Oper Frankfurt's Opera Studio who joined the ensemble in 2012/13, recently made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, singing Colline in La Bohème, a role he then sang at Cologne Opera. During Frankfurt's 2016/17 season he can be heard as Escamillo in Carmen, Colline in La Bohème, Leporello in Don Giovanni, Don Ruy Gomez de Silva in concert performances of Verdi's Ernani and Nick Shadow (role debut) in The Rake's Progress. Last season he sang Mozart's Figaro, Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor, repeated his wonderful portrayal of Gottardo in the recent new production of Die diebische Elster/The Thieving Magpie (available on CD – OehmsClassics), sang the title role in concert performances of Verdi's Oberto, Tiridate in Handel's Radamisto and Zuniga in Carmen - both new productions. Other roles with which this Korean born bass-baritione has thrilled audiences in Frankfurt have included Rodolfo (La sonnambula), the King (Euryanthe) and Masetto (Don Giovanni). Kihwan Sim made his debut in Germany in 2010, singing Mozart's Figaro in Darmstadt. This was followed by other engagements including Masetto at the Savonlinna Opera Festival, Leporello (Don Giovanni) in the KNUA Concert Hall in Seoul, Mozart's Figaro and Handel's Pallante (Agrippina) in the Arts Hall of the Korean Broadcasting Company and Jean Procida, a role sang in Frankfurt in 2013, in The Sicilian Vespers at Nice Opéra. Awards won by this bass-baritone, who studied in Seoul and Hamburg, have included prizes at the »Neue Stimmen« competition in Gütersloh, the »Paris International Opera Competition«, the international »Concours Régine Crespin« competition in Paris and 1st Prize at the Mirjam Helin Competition in Helsinki.