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Kim TA followed a dance (Paris Opera), stage design (Ecole du Théâtre National de Strasbourg) and operatic (CNR de Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, Centre de Formation Lyrique de l’Opéra de Paris) training.
After a career as a dancer at the Paris Opera (until 1996), he made his debuts as an opera singer at the Aix-en-Provence 50th Festival, at the Aix en Provence European Music Academy in Curlew River by Britten with conductor David Stern. One year later, he got in the Paris Opera Lyric Training Centre from 1999 to 2000. There, he performed Haendel’s Acis and Galatea, The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein, Der Schauspieldirektor, Die Zauberflöte (Sprecher), Ariadne auf Naxos (Truffaldin), and some concerts by Lieder. He studied with Mady Mesplé and completed his training with Janine Reiss, Rachel Yakar, Robert Kettelson, Robert McCoy, Christine Schweitzer.
He gave his first solo recital at Milan in March 2000 at La Scala de Milan with Roberto Negri. Jean-Claude Malgoire gave him the parts of Neptune and Proteus in Idomeneus by Campra, then Herod in The Childhood of Christ and the Count Asdrubale in La Scala di Seta. He also performed other roles from Rossini repertoire such as the Seria Bass in Demetrio e Polibio, and the soloist Bass from the Messa di Gloria, and Don Prudenzio in Il Viaggio, in Reims.
At the Tours and Reims Operas, he performed in La Traviata (Doctor Grenvil) with conductor Jean-Yves Ossonce, and in Tosca (Angelotti). He also sang many times Mozart’s Requiem and Solemn Vespers for a Confessor. He interpreted Verdi’s requiem in Besançon. He took part in Nicolas Frize’s Flânerie initiatique during the Parisian Nuit Blanche (Paris All-Nighter) in 2004. He sang at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Le Fou by composer Landowski (the Big Book), in Leonor by Beethoven at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées (the second prisoner) and at the Lille Opera in Rigoletto (the Court Usher) in March 2008. He then came back at the Chorus of the Paris Opera, and became a full member in August 2010.
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