Kihwan Sim, a former member of the Opera Studio who joined the Ensemble in 2012/13, can be heard this season singing Ferrando in a new production of Il trovatore, Jean Procida in Les Vêpres siciliennes, Sparafucile in Rigoletto and Rodolfo in La sonnambula. In recent seasons he enjoyed great success with Nick Shadow (role debut The Rake’s Progress), Leporello (Don Giovanni), Escamillo (Carmen), Don Ruy Gomez de Silva (Ernani), and the title role in Verdi's Oberto – both in concert - Gottardo (La gazza ladra), Raimondo (Lucia di Lammermoor) and Mozart's Figaro. He made his debuts at the Metropolitan Opera New York and Cologne Opera singing Colline in La Bohème, a role this Korean bass baritone had already sung in Frankfurt. Guest engagements have included appearances at the Budapest State Opera, Savonlinna Opera Festival, in the KNUA Concert Hall in Seoul, the Arts Hall of the Korean Broadcasting Company and Nice Opera. He makes his debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in 2018, singing the First Nazarene in Salome. Awards won by this bass-baritone, who studied in Seoul and Hamburg, have included prizes at the »Neue Stimmen/New Voices« 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.