December 21, 2009

Baritone DongWon Kim to Give Artist Diploma Recital, January 20 in NEC's Jordan Hall

First Student Admitted to New Artist Diploma in Opera Program Operated in Conjunction with Opera Boston

Singer Has Already Appeared in Opera Boston's Tancredi as the Villain Orbazzano

DongWon in concertBaritone DongWon Kim, the first student admitted to NEC's prestigious Artist Diploma in Opera program, will give his first Boston recital, January 20 at 8 p.m. in NEC's Jordan Hall.  The Artist Diploma in Opera was created this year and operates in conjunction with Opera Boston, building on an apprenticeship program with the company that debuted in 2008-09.  Kim has already appeared in a major role, the villain Orbazzano, in Opera Boston's Tancredi, which was produced in October.  He will also sing the title role in the Conservatory's spring opera production, Mozart's Don Giovanni.

For his recital, Kim will sing a program of songs and arias by Handel, Mozart, Massenet, Rossini, Ravel and Mahler.  The concert is free and open to the public.

About the Artist Diploma  

Candidates for NEC's Artist Diploma possess not only great talent, but also the ability and determination to realize that talent in the contemporary musical world. They may already have embarked on solo performing careers or may be on the brink of such careers. The two-year program they pursue at NEC is tailored to their individual needs.  Working in close collaboration with studio faculty and advisors, Artist Diploma students focus on performance, deepening their artistry in close collaboration with master teachers. At NEC, Kim is studying with Lorraine Nubar. He is recipient of the Wendy Shattuck '75 Presidential Scholarship in Vocal Studies.


DongWon in TancrediA native of Korea, Mr. Kim has performed extensively in Italy, as well as Korea.  From 2003-2006, he was a member of the National Opera of Korea, where he sang such roles as Germont in La Traviata, Figaro in Il Barbiere di Seville, Rigoletto in Rigoletto, Marcello in La Boheme, Ping in Turandot, Escamillo in Carmen, Belcore in L'elisir d'amore, and Amonasro in Aida.  Mr. Kim made his European debut in 1998 as Valentine in Faust conducted by Maestro Peter Maag at the Teatro Comunale di Treviso.  Subsequent performances in Italy included the Teatro Regio in Parma, the Teatro Rosetum in Milan, and the Teatro Civico di Tortona. 
In concert, Mr. Kim has appeared as soloist with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, the Euro-Asian Philharmonic, and the KBS Symphony Orchestra.
Among his numerous awards are first prizes in the Toti Dal Monte International Competition and the Daeung Lee National Competition. Additionally, he is the recipient of scholarships to study with Renata Scotto at the Teatro Regio in Parma and with Virginia Zeani at the Academia Verdiana in Bussetto.
Beyond his performing career, Mr. Kim is an accomplished teacher, having taught voice at Seoul National University and HanYang University in Korea.
Mr. Kim holds an undergraduate degree from HanYang University in Seoul and a Diploma from the Verdi Conservatory of Music in Milan.


Handel: from Serse, Ombra mai fu
            from Berenice, Si, tra I ceppi
Mahler: from Des knaben wunderhorn
           Nicht wiedersehen
           Scheiden und Meiden

Ravel: Don Quichotte à Dulcinée
          Chanson romanesque
          Chanson épique
          Chanson à boire

Tosti:  Songs
Mozart: from Le Nozze di Figaro
          Hai gia vinta la causa
Massenet: from Hérodiade
          Vision fugitive
Rossini: from Il barbiere di Siviglia
          Largo al factotum

For further information, check the NEC Website or call the NEC Concert Line at 617-585-1122.  NEC’s Jordan Hall, Brown Hall, Williams Hall and the Keller Room are located at 30 Gainsborough St., corner of Huntington Ave. St. Botolph Hall is located at 241 St. Botolph St. between Gainsborough and Mass Ave.


Recognized nationally and internationally as a leader among music schools, New England Conservatory offers rigorous training in an intimate, nurturing community to 720 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral music students from around the world.  Its faculty of 225 boasts internationally esteemed artist-teachers and scholars.  Its alumni go on to fill orchestra chairs, concert hall stages, jazz clubs, recording studios, and arts management positions worldwide.  Nearly half of the Boston Symphony Orchestra is composed of NEC trained musicians and faculty.

The oldest independent school of music in the United States, NEC was founded in 1867 by Eben Tourjee. Its curriculum is remarkable for its wide range of styles and traditions.  On the college level, it features training in classical, jazz, Contemporary Improvisation, world and early music. Through its Preparatory School, School of Continuing Education, and Community Collaboration Programs, it provides training and performance opportunities for children, pre-college students, adults, and seniors.  Through its outreach projects, it allows young musicians to engage with non-traditional audiences in schools, hospitals, and nursing homes—thereby bringing pleasure to new listeners and enlarging the universe for classical music and jazz.

NEC presents more than 600 free concerts each year, many of them in Jordan Hall, its world- renowned, 106-year old, beautifully restored concert hall.  These programs range from solo recitals to chamber music to orchestral programs to jazz and opera scenes.  Every year, NEC’s opera studies department also presents two fully staged opera productions at the Cutler Majestic Theatre in Boston.

NEC is co-founder and educational partner of From the Top, a weekly radio program that celebrates outstanding young classical musicians from the entire country. With its broadcast home in Jordan Hall, the show is now carried by National Public Radio and is heard on 250 stations throughout the United States.

Contact: Ellen Pfeifer
Public Relations Manager
New England Conservatory