Youngmi Kim

Youngmi Kim (born November 6, 1954) is a Korean soprano singer. She was born in Daegu city, Korea. She is a famous vocalist who sang in operas, television shows and concerts. She graduated from Yewon Middle school and Seoul Arts High school. In 1973, she entered the Santa Cecilia Conservatory of Music in Italy. There, she learned from Professor Jolanda Magnoni, who was a well-known prima donna, and she received a Master’s degree in 1979. Also, she received a Bachelor’s degree from the Ewha Woman’s University in Korea. Youngmi Kim comes from a family with a long history in music. Her maternal grandfather (Ki-yong Ahn) was the first Korean musician trained at a conservatory in the United States, and his operas (Kong-jui Pat-jui and Kyonwu-Jiknyo) were the first and the second of Western-style operas ever written and produced in Korea. In 1973, she traveled to Italy to attend the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. She was the first singer of Korean birth to enter the Verona and Puccini Competitions. In 1977 she performed in her first complete opera, in the role of Violetta in Verdi's La traviata, at the National Theater of Seoul.

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November 6th, 1954


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