Tenor Duke Kim was a Grand Finals Winner and the recipient of the Dominique Laffont Award in the 2021 Metropolitan Opera Eric and Dominique Laffont Competition. Originally from Seoul, Republic of Korea, Duke was most recently seen at Santa Fe Opera as an Apprentice Artist, where he performed Lysander in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
During his studies at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, he performed Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, Laurie in Little Women, and Count Belfiore in La Finta Giardiniera. After graduation, he was in the Studio Program at Wolf Trap Opera, and also in the Benenson Young Artist Program at Palm Beach Opera.
Equally adept at concert, he has been the tenor soloist for the Mozart Requiem, Handel Messiah, Mendelssohn Elijah, Bach Magnificat, and Saint-Saëns Oratorio de Noël.
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.
Duke is currently in the Cafritz Young Artist Program at Washington National Opera.