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Kihwan Sim

Bass-baritone

Kihwan Sim
© Barbara Aumüller

During the 2020/21 season Kihwan Sim, who joined the ensemble at Oper Frankfurt in 2012/13, can be heard again as Sir Giorgio in I puritani and Escamillo in Carmen and adds three new roles to his repertoire: Ramfis in a new production of Aida, Gremin in Eugene Onegin and Daland in Der fliegende Holländer / The Flying Dutchman. The corona shutdown prevented him from singing Capellio in a new production of Rossini's Bianca e Falliero and Leporello (Don Giovanni) in Frankfurt and Timur in Turandot at the Opera im Steinbruch in St. Margarethen, which has been postponed to 2021. This Korean singer has enjoyed great success singing other roles for the first time at Oper Frankfurt, including Verdi's Lodovico (Otello), Ferrando (Il trovatore), Jean Procida (Les vêpres siciliennes) and, in concert, Oberto and Don Ruy Gomez de Silva in Ernani. He also thrilled audiences here with Mozart's Figaro and Leporello, Rodolfo (La sonnambula), Gottardo (La gazza ladra), Raimondo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Méphistophélès (La damnation de Faust), Nick Shadow (The Rake’s Progress), Tiridate (Radamisto) and Sparafucile (Rigoletto). He recently sang Escamillo at the Royal Opera in Copenhagen and returned to the Met in New York, where he made his debut as Colline in La Bohème, for Masetto in Don Giovanni. Kihwan Sim has performed at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, Cologne Opera, the Staatsoper in Budapest, Savonlinna Opera Festival, in the KNUA Concert Hall in Seoul, the Korean Broadcasting Company's Arts Hall and Nice Opera. He studied in Seoul and Hamburg and enjoyed success at international competitions including the Concours Régine Crespin in Paris and Mirjam Helin Competition in Helsinki.