Opera Star Kathleen Kim returns to Sarasota | Arts & Culture
Sarasota, FL – Rising opera star, Soprano Kathleen Kim, returns to Sarasota Opera to sing the title role in the 2012 Sarasota Opera production of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor. Ms. Kim was an Apprentice Artist at Sarasota Opera in 2002 and returned as a Studio Artist in 2005.
During the 2010-2011 Season, Ms. Kim appeared as Madame Mao in the Metropolitan Opera’s premiere of Nixon in China, which was broadcast in theaters nationwide via the MET HD program, and reprised her acclaimed portrayal of Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos also at the Metropolitan Opera. In addition, Ms. Kim’s 2010-2011 Season included appearances as The Queen of the Night from Die Zauberflöte at the Bavarian State Opera, Oscar in Un Ballo in Maschera at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Poppea in Agrippina at the Boston Lyric Opera.
“I can’t even describe how excited I am to go back to sing my role debut of Lucia at Sarasota Opera”, says Ms. Kim. “Lucia has been one of my dream roles since I was a student. Sarasota Opera performed Lucia di Lammermoor when I was an Apprentice Artist at Sarasota Opera in 2002 and of course I sang in the chorus. I remember dreaming of singing the title role at every performance. Sarasota Opera is a very special place for me because it was my first Apprentice Artist program after graduation. During my time there I learned so much that schools can’t teach – the experience of live theater and being a performer. Because of my familiarity with the rehearsal process and the number of performances they do, I knew Sarasota Opera would be the perfect place for me to do my first Lucia. I am so glad I waited!”
Ms. Kim has been heralded by Opera News as “spectacular”, by the Chicago Sun-Times as “a revelation”, and the Chicago Tribune noted that Ms. Kim “nailed her stratospheric coloratura aria with a precise, penetrating soprano.”