Kihwan Sim, a former member of the Opera Studio who joined the Ensemble in 2012/13, can be heard this season singing Lodovico in Otello, Sir Giorgio in a new production of I puritani, Méphistophélès in La Damnation de Faust and he repeats his wonderful portrayal of Escamillo in Carmen. He also returns to the Metropolitan Opera in New York, where he made his debut singing Colline in La Bohème, to sing Masetto in Don Giovanni. This Korean singer has enjoyed great success singing roles for the first time in Frankfurt, including Ferrando in a new production of Il trovatore, Jean Procida in Les Vêpres siciliennes, Sparafucile in Rigoletto and Rodolfo in La sonnambula and, in concert, Oberto and Don Ruy Gomez de Silva in Ernani. In recent seasons he enjoyed great success here with Nick Shadow (role debut The Rake’s Progress), Leporello (Don Giovanni), Gottardo (La gazza ladra), Raimondo (Lucia di Lammermoor) and Mozart's Figaro. Recent engagements have included his debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London in Salome, appearances at Cologne Opera, 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. 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.