Soprano Katia Kim, with her gleaming, powerful voice and intense acting, is making a name for herself as an operatic talent both in the United States and in Europe. Born in Russia, and now an American citizen, Ms. Kim has been praised for her technical skill and agility, her fearlessness, her mesmeric stage presence and her ravishing, rich voice. After distinguishing herself as a young performer in her native Samara, she went on to St. Petersburg, and to performances in Germany and Russia, receiving stunning reviews.
Her singing in the graduate program at TCU in Fort Worth earned her several leading roles, including Queen Erisbe in L'Ormindo and Pamina in The Magic Flute. As the winner of the TCU Concerto Competition, Ms. Kim also performed Berg's Sieben Frühe Lieder with orchestra. She was regional finalist in the Met Council Auditions that year, and Marilyn Horne was extremely enthusiastic about her talent in her master class.
Before moving on to the Temple University Opera Program in Philadelphia, she was a participant in the Natchez Opera Festival, where she was covering the role of Mimì. At Temple she scored triumphs with her performances of Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte) and Concepción (L'heure espagnole). She also won their Concerto Competition, singing Tatiana's Letter Scene from Eugene Onegin.
She sang Fiordiligi again to great acclaim with the Martina Arroyo Foundation in New York City. Performances over the next few years included appearances in Paul Robeson with Trilogy: An Opera Company in New Jersey, the soprano solo in the Verdi Requiem at the Crystal Cathedral in California, and on two concerts in Kaunas, Lithuania, one devoted to zarzuela and one to operetta. In 2017 Ms. Kim sang Mařenka in Prague and Teplice in the Czech Republic. She won First Prize in the European Music Academy Competition there, for which she sang a concert performance as Tatiana (Eugene Onegin) with the North-Czech Philharmonic. Later, she toured South Korea with a Ukrainian Orchestra from Chernivtsi with a program of Dvořak and Korean Songs.
A champion of both old and new music, of opera, operetta, oratorio and art songs, Ms. Kim currently lives in Fort Worth, Texas with her family.