Soprano Hyunjee Kim started as a Mezzo-soprano. A native of Busan Korea, she has won the Special encouragement award in the Metropolitan Opera national Council Audition 2005 Eastern Region, third prize in the Metropolitan national Council Audition 2003 Eastern Region and obtained New York State Assembly Citation Woman in History Artist Award in 2002.
Ms. Kim covered and performed the role Cio-Cio-San from “Madama Butterfly” with Sarasota Opera as a studio artist in 2007 and Leonora from “Il Trovatore” with Opera North in 2006. She also performed Erste Dame from “Di Zauberflöte” in 2005 and Donna Elvira from “Don Giovanni” in 2004 at Kaye Playhouse with Mannes Opera. She had a New York Debut Recital at Carnegie Weill Recital hall sponsored by Korean Music Foundation and also performed opera scene, Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly at Mannes Concert Hall with the Mannes Orchestra. As she was a Mezzo-soprano, she performed Mrs. Grose in the “Turn of the Screw” at the Juilliard Opera production in 2003, Mrs. Herring in Albert Herring at the Juilliard Opera Workshop in 2001.
She has been heard in numerous concerts and recitals throughout Korea and New York in major halls including Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Juilliard Paul hall, Busan Cultural Center Medium Hall.
Ms. Kim has participated in master classes with Renata Scotto, Fedora Barbieri, Phyllis Curtin, Regina Resnik, Dalton Baldwin and Thomas Hampson that is presented by Marilyn Horn Foundation.
She graduated Juilliard pre-college and she holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Mannes college of Music and obtained master’s degree from The Juilliard School. She completed the professional Studies at Mannes under Ruth Falcon. She has studied with Beverly Peck Johnson, Marlena Malas, Stephen Smith, Beth Roberts and Lorraine Nubar. Currently she is a pupil of Catherine Mazzone.