Tenor Duke Kim is a Grand Finals Winner of The Metropolitan Opera Eric and Dominique Laffont Competition (2021), a second-place winner of the inaugural Juan Pons International Singing Competition (2022), and a recent graduate of the Cafritz Young Artist Program at Washington National Opera.
In 22/23 Duke debuts with Seattle Opera for La traviata (Alfredo); Florentine Opera and Opera San Antonio for Roméo et Juliette (Roméo); and The Atlanta Opera for Don Giovanni (Don Ottavio).
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, and The Santa Fe Symphony for A Night at the Opera.
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.
He 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.
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