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Suchan Kim


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Suchan Kim (Baritone), a native of Busan, South Korea, recently sang the role of Giorgio Germont in New Rochelle Opera’s production of Verdi’s La Traviata. He has performed as a resident in San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program as well as with The Metropolitan Opera Guild, Carnegie Hall, Mannes Opera, Dallas Opera’s The Hart Institute for Women Conductors, Sarasota Opera, Opera in Williamsburg, Bare Opera, New Rochelle Opera, New Amsterdam Opera, Loft Opera, Opera Ithaca, Barn Opera, Amore Opera, Boardwalk Opera, Sinfonietta of Riverdale, The New York Concert Opera, New York Grand Opera, New York Lyric Opera, Fairfield County Chorale, Lyric Chamber Music Society of New York, Sign & Sing, NYU IMPACT Conference, MidAmerica Productions, 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, Papageno in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Hoël in Meyerbeer’s Dinorah, Enrico in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Marcello and Schaunard in Puccini’s La Bohéme, Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff, Alfonso in Donizetti’s La Favorita, Silvio in Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci, Marullo in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Giorgio Germont and Barone Douphol in Verdi’s La Traviata, 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, Dancaïre in Bizet’s Carmen, 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, Payador from Piazzolla’s María de Buenos Aires, Father in Kamala Sankaram’s Thumbprint, King Solomon in Dina Pruzhansky's Hebrew opera 'Shulamit’, The Critic in John Gilbert’s multimedia opera ‘Rotation’ and Strange Man in Faye Chiao’s ‘Island of the Moon’.


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.


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
Suchan Kim’s assured, warm-toned Guglielmo and Annie Rosen’s dulcet, sweetly phrased Dorabella were well matched as a pair of nervous, believable lovers in Act 2’s “Il core vi dono.”
— Tristan Kraft, Opera News
Equally malleable and expressive was the singing of baritone Suchan Kim’s meddlesome servant Germano, a sort of Figaro on steroids (and booze), who acted with zeal and athletic skill.
— John W. Freeman, Opera News
Baritone Suchan Kim sang Tarquinius with a voice seductive warmth and overpowering strength.
— Steven Jude Tietjen, Opera News
Suchan Kim offered a swaggering, self-assured Giovanni and a warm, richly developed baritone.
Suchan Kim, as Alfredo’s rival Douphol, whose baritone was dark, rich, and compelling.
Kim defined a singing actor. He made the role his. In fact, he was a take home memory, so total was his amusing portrayal. He embraced the fun, while offering a rich, full voice that overflowed with warmth and lots of appeal.
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
Baritone Suchan Kim, a Bare Opera regular, is the possessor of a very fine instrument that he employs with superb technique. Moreover, his extensive repertoire allows him to slip into a very wide selection of roles with every gesture and facial expression intact—but always appearing spontaneous. That’s a wonderful skill! We loved his interpretation of Doctor Malatesta describing the potential wife he has found for Don Pasquale in the Donizetti opera of the same name. “Bella siccome un angelo” is an old favorite for the baritone fach but we seemed to be hearing it anew.
— Meche Kroop, Voce di meche
Tuesday’s performance did, at least feature some impressive singing from its young cast. The most polished of the leads was Suchan Kim as Hoël, the greedy goatherd who schemes to claim the cursed treasure before finding redemption through his love for Dinorah. His rich, smooth baritone was effective in emphatic declamation, as in the early “O puissante magie!” Yet he was an even better fit in gentler, lyrical writing, giving a lovely account of the pleading little arioso “Et maintenant, mélasse,” praying for Dinorah to recover in Act III.
— Eric C. Simson, New York Classical Review
Hoël, her morally compromised fiancé, was sung by Suchan Kim with a solid, burnished baritone that made its effect in the many ensembles.
— John Yohalem, PARTERRE BOX