For the past decade Kathleen Kim has been a regular guest on the stage of The Metropolitan Opera with performances as Tytania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) under James Conlon, Olympia (Les contes d’Hoffmann) and Blondchen (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), both conducted by James Levine, Oscar (Un ballo in maschera) under Kirill Petrenko, Madame Mao (Nixon in China) conducted by John Adams, and Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos) under by Fabio Luisi. Last season she sang her first Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier) there under Sebastian Weigle.
Always keen to expand her range of repertoire, Kathleen Kim has made several recent role debuts including Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor) at Sarasota Opera, Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia) with Daegu Opera and, in a winning collaboration with director Laurent Pelly, the roles of Fire, Princess and the Nightingale in his highly acclaimed production of Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges at both the Glyndebourne Festival and Teatro dell’Opera di Roma.
Kim made her European debut as Marie (La Fille du régiment) for the Asociación Bilbaína de Amigos de la Ópera, and has subsequently appeared as Olympia in new productions of Les Contes d’Hoffmann at Bayerische Staatsoper under Emmanuelle Villaume and at Gran Teatre del Liceu under Stéphane Denève, as Oscar (Un Ballo in maschera) for La Monnaie, Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos) for Oper Frankfurt and Tytania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) for the Glyndebourne Festival. In concert, she has made critically-acclaimed appearances as John Adams’ Madame Mao at both the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms, and at Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Concert Hall.
This season Kathleen sings Blondchen for the Bayerische Staatsoper under Ivor Bolton, returns to The Metropolitan Opera as La Fée in Laurent Pelly’s production of Cendrillon, conducted by Bertrand de Billy, and creates the role of Josephine in Huang Ruo’s newly-adapted An American Soldier in its world premiere performances for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.
A native of South Korea, Kathleen Kim enjoys a strong presence in her homeland and was the guest soloist at the 2010 Independence Day Celebration Concert of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Myung-Wung Chung. This led to an on going relationship with the Orchestra including Mahler’s Symphony No.8 and Symphony No.2, and Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 (recorded and released on Deutsche Grammophon), all with Myung-Wung Chung, as well as Carmina Burana under Yves Abel and Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 conducted by Christoph Eschenbach.