Tenor Duke Kim is a Second-Place Winner of Operalia (2022), Second-Place Winner at the inaugural Juan Pons International Singing Competition (2022), Grand Finals Winner of The Metropolitan Opera Eric and Dominique Laffont Competition (2021), and a recent graduate of the Cafritz Young Artist Program at the Washington National Opera.
In 23/24 Duke makes debuts with Irish National Opera and Berkshire Opera Festival in Faust (Title Role), Pittsburgh Opera in La traviata (Alfredo), returns to Washington National Opera for Roméo et Juliette (Roméo), and Seattle Opera and Des Moines Metro Opera for Il barbiere di Siviglia (Il Conte d’Almaviva). On the concert stage he makes his South American debut at Teatro Colón in Messiah, gives a solo recital at the Korean Music Association and a duet recital with mezzo-soprano Taylor Raven at Seattle Opera. Future seasons include his debut at The Metropolitan Opera in a leading role.
Last season he made debuts with Seattle Opera in La traviata (Alfredo); The Glimmerglass Festival, Florentine Opera, and Opera San Antonio in Roméo et Juliette (Roméo); The Atlanta Opera in Don Giovanni (Don Ottavio); and returned to Palm Beach Opera for Così fan tutte (Ferrando). On the concert stage he debuted with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in Messiah.
21/22 engagements included Come Home: A Celebration of Return (soloist), Carmen (Le Remendado), and a workshop of Jeanine Tesori’s new opera Grounded (Eric) at Washington National Opera. He also returned to Palm Beach Opera for The Merry Widow (Count Camille de Rosillon) and gave a solo recital with Kyle Naig in Myrtle Beach, NC. On the concert stage he debuted with the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Noseda in Handel Messiah, Mozart Requiem and Eine kleine Freimaurer-Kantate, and Bach Magnificat, The Santa Fe Symphony for A Night at the Opera, and Grant Park Music Festival in Haydn Creation. In the 20/21 season, Duke returned to The Santa Fe Opera as an Apprentice Artist, where he performed in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lysander), covered in Eugene Onegin (Lenski), and appeared as a guest soloist on Angel Blue in Concert (Act IV duet from La bohème). Additional Artist training programs include Wolf Trap Opera’s Studio Program and Palm Beach Opera‘s Benenson Young Artist Program.
Duke has received numerous prizes including 1st place at Shreveport Singer of the Year Competition, 2nd place in Gwendolyn Roberts Young Artist Auditions, and 1st place in New Century Singers Whittier Competition. Also, he was one of the finalists in Houston Grand Opera’s Eleanor McCollum Competition.
Mr. Kim is a graduate of Chapman University and the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. During his studies at the Shepherd School of Music, he performed in Gianni Schicchi (Rinuccio), Little Women (Laurie), and La Finta Giardiniera (Count Belfiore). Additional concert repertoire includes Mendelssohn Elijah and Saint-Saëns Oratorio de Noël.