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Ryu-Kyung Kim

Assistant Professor; Music Performance Degree Coordinator; Opera Workshop

Full-Time Faculty

College of Arts and Sciences: Music


Email: Ryu-Kyung Kim
Phone: 937-229-3936
FH 458
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  • Ph.D., Musical Art, SUNY at Stony Brook
  • Artist's Diploma in Opera, Academy of Vocal Arts
  • M.A., Voice, Manhattan School of Music
  • B.A., Voice, Manhattan School of Music


Korean Mezzo-Soprano Ryu-Kyung Kim has delighted audiences with her unique, dark luscious voice and powerful stage presence. Praised for her superb technique and innate musicality, Ms. Kim performs a wide range of roles from Handel, Bel Canto to Wagnerian repertoires.

She highlighted her recent seasons with Avery Fisher Hall performances as Alto Solo in Handel’s Messiah with National Chorale and Peniel Concert Choir, the title role in Handel’s Orlando with Stony Brook Opera, three concerts at Silicon Valley Music Festival in San Jose featuring Schoenberg’s chamber arrangement of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde and Jake Heggie’s song cycle, The Deepest Desire, Verdi Concert with Bohem Opera NJ in Trenton, NJ, Handel’s Messiah and Brahms’s Liebeslieder Waltz with Great Bridgeport Symphony Orchestra, Alto Solo in Mozart’s Requiem and Gala Concerts with Great Mountains International Music Festival in Pyeongchang, Korea, New York Recital Debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Alto Solo in Verdi’s Messa da Requiem with Staatskapelle Halle in Germany, Fresno Opera debut as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly and also her Carnegie Hall performances as Alto Solo in Mozart Requiem and as Alto Solo in Handel’s Messiah.  

In premier performances of two contemporary operas in 2009 and 2010, Ms. Kim performed the role of Anya in Sheila Silver’s The Wooden Sword and Giuliano in Francesco Cavalli’s Eliogabalo for which she received numerous critical acclaims. Ms. Kim also sang the role of Naomi in Philip Hagemann’s Ruth, Suzuki and Mercédès with Bar Harbor Festival for past two summers, Maddalena in Rigoletto with Boheme Opera New Jersey. She was one of the featured soloists for Korean Embassy of Washington D.C.’s Celebration Concert of the 17th President-elect Myung Bak Lee and also for Sonoco Welcome America! Independence Day Festival in Philadelphia, the biggest independence celebration in the nation. On her first Wagnerian role of Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde with Korean Symphony Orchestra at Seoul Art Center in Seoul, the Korean Music Journal said, "Ms. Kim sang the role of Brangäne with such rich Italian sound and equally succeeded in delivering Wagner’s long phrases with full of German expressions and colors."

Additional operatic success includes her portrait of the role of Suzuki in Madama Butterfly at Cleveland Opera and El Paso Opera; the title role in La Cenerentola with Ash Lawn Opera Festival; Emilia in Otello and Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor with the Baltimore Opera; Second Lady in The Magic Flute with San Antonio Lyric and Virginia Opera; Flora in La Traviata and Carmen with the Virginia Opera; covered Carilda in Handel’s Arianna in Creta with Gotham Chamber Opera under the direction of Christopher Alden’s; Prince Fernando in American premier of Francesco Conti’s Don Chisciotte in Sierra Morena at the Caramoor Music Festival; and a Cretan Woman, Idamante in Idomeneo and Ursula in Béatrice et Bénédict with Santa Fe Opera.

On Ryu-Kyung Kim’s appearance in the world premiere of The Floating Box: A Story of Chinatown [New World Records, 2005], under the auspices of The Asia Society of New York, Opera News said, "Miss Kim was simply splendid." Additional roles in her repertoire include Carmen, Dorabella in Così fan Tutte, Isabella in L’Italiana in Algeri, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Geneviève in Pelléas et Mélisande, Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro and Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus.

In concert, she made her German concert debut in three performances with Frankfurter Sinfoniker under the baton of Maestro Günter Gräf. She has also performed Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Pueblo Symphony Orchestra and Sapporo Symphony Orchestra in Japan; Adalgisa in Norma with Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra with maestro James Judd; Malika in Opera Orchestra of New York’s Carnegie Hall performance of Lakmé; Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier with Metro Chamber Orchestra in NYC and performed Andromaca in Rossini’s Ermione with Silesian Philharmonic in Poland. In addition, she has appeared in Händel's Israel in Egypt with Concerto Soloist Orchestra of Philadelphia and The Philadelphia Singers, Haydn's Harmoniemesse with Philomusica Orchestra and Chorale, Beethoven's C Major Mass and Choral Fantasy with the Washington, D.C. Festival Symphony, Händel's Messiah with the Houston Civic Orchestra and the National Christian Festival at Carnegie Hall.

Ms. Kim earned Doctor of Musical Arts from SUNY at Stony Brook, received her Artist’s Diploma in opera from the Academy of Vocal Arts, Master's and Bachelor's Degrees in Voice from Manhattan School of Music where she got a Scholarship Award, President Award and Alumni Award. She has also studied at Seoul National University in Seoul, Korea, the Israel Vocal Arts Institute in Tel-Aviv, Israel and at the International Institute of Vocal Arts in Chiari, Italy.


Ms. Kim is also a perennial prizewinner, her most recent awards being those of The Oratorio Society of New York, The Liederkranz Foundation Voice Competition, The Annapolis Opera Voice Competition, Metropolitan Opera National Council Philadelphia District Auditions, and The Santa Fe Opera Scholarship for Outstanding Apprentice Artists.