Kangmin Justin Kim — Star of Santa Fe Opera’s “M. Butterfly 蝴蝶君”

June 25, 2022, 4:00 pm

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Kangmin Justin Kim with wry smile in hand-knit sweater, vivid aqua background
Kangmin Justin Kim (Photo: Victor Santiago)

Described by the Chicago Tribune as “a countertenor of remarkable purity, range and agility,” Kangmin Justin Kim was born in South Korea and grew up in Chicago. He studied at the Bienen School of Music and London’s Royal Academy of Music. After building his European career in Baroque opera and trouser roles traditionally assumed by mezzo-sopranos, he returned to Chicago in 2017 with John Eliot Gardiner’s Monteverdi 450 project.  Kim joins host Oliver Camacho to preview M. Butterfly 蝴蝶君, the opera by David Henry Hwang and Huang Ruo, receiving its world premiere this summer at Santa Fe Opera with Kim in the title role.

Watch Kim as his alter-ego Kimchilia Bartoli below.


All selections feature countertenor Kangmin Justin Kim.

George Frideric Handel: Parnasso in festa, HWV 73
Part 2, No. 13, “Ho perso il caro ben'”
Part 3, No 5, “Da sorgente rilucente”
La Cetra Baorque Orchestra and Vocal Ensemble, Basel
Andrea Marcon, direction
Handel: Parnasso in festa
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Geminiano Giacomelli: La Merope
Act II, Scene 4, “Quell’usignolo”
Act III, Scene 7, “Sposa non mi conosci”
La Cetra Baorque Orchestra, Basel
Andrea Marcon, direction
Live performance from Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, February 5, 2022
Used with permission of artists

Georges Bizet: “Près des remparts de Séville” from Carmen
Tommaso Giordani: Caro mio ben
Fiachra Garvey, piano
Late Night Drag: The Royal Opera House is Burning
Live performance from Classical Vauxhall, Feburary 12, 2022
Used with permission of artists

Huang Ruo: “Awoke as a Butterfly” from M. Butterfly 蝴蝶君
Text by David Henry Hwang
Robert Tweten, piano
Songs from the Santa Fe Opera, Episode 5: “M. Butterfly 蝴蝶君”
Used with permission of Santa Fe Opera and Casa Ricordi