Gesang | 2017

When I think back to my time in Mainz and at JGU, the first thing that comes to mind is …

My favorite place on the Gutenberg Campus were …

Practice rooms on 2nd floor.

I will always remember Professor … because …

Professor Dewald because he was always good advisor and supporter to me like a father. He balanced my singing and showed me the way to go.

The most important thing that I gained from my time as a student was …


I would like to pass on the following to today’s students:

Yes, you make merry. I’ll practice.

The tenor Konu Kim, born 1985, studied voice at Kyung Hee University in Seoul. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree, he became a member of the Korean National Opera Academy and earned a Master’s degree in musicology, specializing in opera.

From 2015 to 2017, Kim was a member of Prof. Thomas Dewald’s class at the Mainz School of Music, where he took his concert exam. During this time he was awarded the first prize and the audience prize in the ‘Operalia’ world opera competition for young singers in 2016 – an incredible achievement! The competition, under the guidance of Plácido Domingo, is probably the most important event through which young singers can profile themselves and it often opens the door to an international career.

Following graduation, Konu Kim joined the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme of the Royal Opera House in London (in the 2017/2018 season) and sang numerous parts there. He has worked with (and continues to work with) many companies, including the Irish National Opera, the Royal Swedish Opera, the Korean National Opera and the Neue Oper Freiburg, and has performed at venues such as the Teatro Comunale Luciano Pavarotti di Modena, the Müpa Budapest, the Belcanto Opera Festival, Garsington Opera, the Donizetti Festival in Bergamo and Carnegie Hall in New York.

Kim’s 2021/2022 season is marked by his return to the Royal Opera House as Count Almaviva (Il Barbiere di Siviglia). He makes his debut with the Irish National Opera as Arnold Melchtal (William Tell), at the Glyndebourne Festival and San Diego Opera he will appear as Ferrando in Così fan tutte, and as Ernesto in Don Pasquale for Finnish National Opera and Glyndebourne on Tour.

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