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suchan kim

 

bio

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Suchan Kim is a lyric baritone originally hailing from South Korea. Mr. Kim recently sang the role of Papageno in Bare Opera’s sold out production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte in New York City. He has performed as a resident in San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program as well as with The Metropolitan Opera Guild, Mannes Opera, Sarasota Opera, Opera in Williamsburg, Bare Opera, New Amsterdam Opera, Loft Opera, Opera Ithaca, Boardwalk Opera, Sinfonietta of Riverdale, New York Grand Opera, New York Lyric Opera, Fairfield County Chorale, Lyric Chamber Music Society of New York, Sign & Sing, National Theater of Korea, Seoul Arts Center and several opera companies in South Korea.

His role credits include Don Giovanni and Leporello in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Count and Figaro in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Guglielmo in Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte, Enrico in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Marcello and Schaunard in Puccini’s La Boheme, Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff, Silvio in Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci, Marullo in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Tarquinius in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, Dandini in Rossini’s La Cenerentola, Germano in Rossini’s La Scala di Seta, Tobia Mill in Rossini’s La cambiale di matrimonio, Yamadori and Bonzo in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Le Marquis de la Force and Jailer in Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites, Salieri in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Mozart and Salieri, Paquiro in Granados' Goyescas, Fiorello and L’Ufficiale in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Le chat and L’horlage comtoise in Ravel’s L’Enfant et Les Sortilèges, Simeon from Debussy’s L’Enfant Prodigue, Father in Kamala Sankaram’s Thumbprint, King Solomon in Dina Pruzhansky's Hebrew opera 'Shulamit’ and The Critic in John Gilbert’s multimedia opera ‘Rotation’. 

He was an Eastern District Winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2011 and he received the Opera Award from Mannes Opera in 2013. Mr. Kim holds a Bachelor of Music from Korea National University of Arts and a Master’s Degree and a Professional Studies Diploma from Mannes College, the New School for Music. He studies with Arthur Levy.

 
 
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news & reviews

 

Suchan Kim commanded each scene he appeared in with a focused, muscular baritone and brought the house down with a virtuosic portrayal of the increasingly drunken servant, Germano.
— Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, The New York Times
Baritone Suchan Kim sang Tarquinius with a voice seductive warmth and overpowering strength.
— Opera News
Suchan Kim offered a swaggering, self-assured Giovanni and a warm, richly developed baritone.
— John Shulson, THE VIRGINIA GAZETTE
Suchan Kim (Tobias Mill) magnetizes the audience to him throughout the evening, with a sumptuous baritone voice and precisely communicative Italian. He is wonderfully funny without ever becoming cartoonish, and sustains a level of energy in both voice and deportment that left me exhausted just watching him.
— Alexis Rodda, Opera Today
Suchan Kim, who sang the ill-bred and macho guy who takes him out, had a sexy presence and a thrilling lunge of phrase. It would be fun to hear him in a role that let him show off.
— John Yohalem, PATERRE BOX
The four voices were a pleasure to hear, and were terrific mutual dramatic foils. Suchan Kim and Scott were vivacious and extroverted, while Sungwook Kim and Martinez were self-contained, secure together but confused by their antagonist. Suchan emphasized power and virility, while Sungwook sang with an elegant line and quiet confidence.
— George Grella, New York Classical Review
The evening ended, for instance, with a powerhouse vocal display from soprano Marina Boudart Harris and baritone Suchan Kim. In the duet from Act 3 of Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” - the lone non-Italianate ringer - Boudart Harris’ flair and well-placed high notes made a fine match with Kim’s suave and fluent contribution.
— Joshua Cosman, San Francisco Chronicle
Baritone Suchan Kim made a marvelously engaging Papageno with his mellow voice and humorous manner. He made a fine representation of “Everyman”.
— Meche Kroop, Voce di meche
Everything Mr. Kim does is superb. We were impressed with his creation of the deformed character of the eponymous hunchback in Verdi’s Rigoletto which he accomplished without any humping or limping. It was all in the voice!
— Meche Kroop, Voce di meche
There is a mercenary older man, played with bluster by baritone Suchan Kim, who always turns in a great performance.
— Meche Kroop, Voce di meche