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Star on the rise

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Star on the rise

Soprano Kathleen Kim speaks at a roundtable interview on June 5. / Courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera

Petite soprano Kathleen Kim lures opera fans with big voiceBy Kwaak Je-yupYou cannot help but be struck by her pint-sized figure when you first see the Korean-born American soprano Kathleen Kim. But her stage presence is everything but small.

She made her professional debut in 2007 at New York's Metropolitan Opera, arguably the operatic world's most exclusive and important stage and returned to shine as brightly as the industry's biggest stars, receiving lengthy ovations at curtain calls. Critics and fans have tipped her as a star in the making, and her bookings, extending four years ahead, already show its early signs. Seeing her so effortless on stage can lead to one thinking that success must have come naturally for such a great talent, but only less than a decade ago, she was stuck - and felt unsure of herself."I used to go to the same practice room all the time. I practically lived there", she said, referring to the years at the Ryan Opera Center in the Lyric Opera of Chicago, a professional artist development program only open to a handful every year. "I never felt I was getting things right. Those days, I guess, really paid off now".This may sound strange to those who knew her then, given that she was accepted under extraordinary circumstances. Though there was no opening for a voice her register and type, a coloratura soprano, the jury members made an unprecedented decision to unseat a current member and give her place to Kim. It put an end to her series of unsuccessful auditions at Chicago as well as others in the United States, which started with her graduation from Manhattan School of Music. "We accepted her quite simply because of her stunning talent", said Gianna Rolandi, the center's director. "From this tiny little lady came a huge and uniquely beautiful voice with excellent coloratura and thrilling high notes. We were thrilled to have her".But the admission to one of the most competitive young artists program upped the stakes and the level of stress for her. Most of the program's participants were former winners at international competitions, as per usual. While they honed their craft in the leading roles, she was relegated to smallish roles, sometimes even just a single line in two- or three-hour works. That she stayed out of the spotlight did not deter her enthusiasm. Those in her vicinity all agreed that her work ethic had no rival. She overcame her initial frustration to explore all roles that came her way. Kim joked that she spent so much time rehearsing that her colleagues even nicknamed her favorite practice room "the Kathleen room"."From the start of her time in our Ryan Opera Center program, Kathleen impressed everyone with her remarkable work ethic", said Roger Pines, the Lyric's dramaturg, in charge of research and development of operas. "She established a reputation backstage as being exceedingly conscientious and thorough in preparing herself for all aspects of any production in which she was involved - a professional to her fingertips."Initially her roles on stage were not large, but she made an impression in each one - for example, the Page in Rigoletto (by Verdi): she had exactly three lines, but she was adorable in the role"."I have never known anyone that worked so hard - she just wouldn't take no for an answer", said Rolandi. She added that Kim, in a staging of Mozart's "Die Zauberfloete" (the Magic Flute), sang not only the famous Queen of the Night but also the page and "never missed a note".Then the opportunity of her lifetime came along. In the student matinees of "Die Fledermaus", by Johann Strauss II, she played the maid Adele; unbeknownst to her, there was someone from the Met in the audience."This was her first major German role, for which she had to sing and speak dialogue", said Pines".It was a huge challenge, which she carried off spectacularly - her singing was flawless, her acting irresistible and very amusing".The Met official must have agreed: she was invited to audition in front of the Met's casting directors, music director James Levine and general manager Peter Gelb and soon after made her debut as Barbarina in Mozart's "Le Nozze di Figaro". Once again it was a minor role, but she knew how to shine in them. Positive feedback from musicians and critics, as well as new engagements in Chicago, Boston and Lille in northern France, followed. She is due at the Glyndebourne Festival next month.No one can predict how far her star will rise, but Kim seemed intent on enjoying her moment now. She returns to the Met at the end of this year in a brand new staging of Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera", in David Alden's set and under the baton of Fabio Luisi. She will sing Oscar, a trouser role she sang previously at the Lyric to rave reviews. In 2007, her debut year, the Met had her fill in for only two nights, among the greats like Salvatore Licitra and Dmitry Hvorotovsky; now she will sing every night."In the costumes, there are names of the singers who wore them before you", said Kim. "I saw (Korean singers) Jo Su-mi and Shin Young-ok in mine (in 2007), who I've looked up to as I was growing up".Then she added, with a smile: "In November, my name will be the first on the list".

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Share on FacebookShare on TwitterSulli is a key member of SM Ent, with her originaltaste and blameless look, she’s a charmer for sure! In this shoot she shows her herbal elegance among the scenery of the volcanic isles of Hawaii. 

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Sulli is a key member of SM Ent, with her exclusivefashion and harmless look, she’s a charmer for sure! In this shoot she shows her organic elegance amongst the scenery of the volcanic isles of Hawaii. 

10 Stunning Footage of Sulli In The Tropics

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10 Stunning  Footage of Sulli In The Tropics

Share on FacebookShare on TwitterSulli is a key member of SM Ent, with her authentictaste and blameless look, she’s a charmer for sure! In this shoot she shows her herbal elegance among the scenery of the volcanic isles of Hawaii. 

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Jin Won releases a new unmarried for the primary time in five years

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Jin Won releases a new unmarried for the primary time in five years

Singer and actor Jin Won released his new song, "A Song for You", for the primary time in five years. This album covers most commonly biographical experiences of Jin- Won. 

"Beautiful Dragons" Sin Se-kyeong and Jeong Yoo-mi fight for beauty

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Sin Se-kyeong posted this image on her Instagram at the 11th of February. Their faces are as regards toeach and every other and they're posing cutely.

Meanwhile, Sin Se-kyeong's "Six Flying Dragons" is fictional historic drama that will also beobservedeach Monday and Tuesday at 10PM.

Snuper's Woosung gains attention as an upcoming sports-idol!

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Snuper's Woosung gains attention as an upcoming sports-idol!

Once in the ultimate round, Woosung fell short of mythical sports-idol BTOB's Minhyuk by a trifling 0.06 seconds, earning a silver medal for his team. Afterward, he commented, "Even if I did not see the maximum efficient results, I did my best. I assumed about our fanatics rooting for Snuper in the target audience as I ran. Next year, I willgo back with larger results."

Lee Hyun Woo talks about his glance alike Park Bo Gum all the manner through his interview with KWAVE

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He also asked about his glance alike, Park Bo Gum. Lee Hyun Woo says that he steadily heard that they appearanceso much alike. He adds, "I once bumped into Bo Gum in a study room at a university. I known him from the behind. Shouldhad been because I have heard that we look alike such much of times. I felt like I used to be already very close with him". 

Kang Ho Dong Desires to Grow to be In-Laws With Yang Hyun Suk

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During the show, Kang Ho Dong and iKONs B.I. were waiting to get keep of an assignment to cope with Yang Hyun Suks dog, Hong Soon Yi. A manager who brought the dog on the behalf of Yang Hyun Suk explained, Hong Soon Yi is a call given by capability of Yang Hyun Suks daughter, Yoo Jin. Kang Ho Dong then asked how old Yoo Jin was, to which he discovered out that she is seven years old. Upon this wisdom he exclaimed, She is absolute best for my son Shi Hoo. They fit perfectly. Shi Hoo is 8 years old. He then expressed his wants to become in-laws with Yang Hyun Suk.

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Moorim School, Ep 7-8: The Adventure Continues

Moorim School, Ep 7-8: The Adventure ContinuesWritten through Lorenza On February 10, 2016Moorim Schools 7th and 8th episodes continues with the similarsetting every bitthe former six episodes, yet now the plot has gotten more complex. Such a lotoccurs in those two episodes that it's miles amazing how simpleit's to staytune of everything.

The complete extent of the backstory is printed when Chae Yoon (Shin Sung-Woo), the guy in a coma, wakes up. It turns out he was once the long-established successor for the Moorim Association, the crowd that runs the school. There is some tension between him and Hwang Hyun-Joon (Shin Hyun-Joon), the dean of the schoolWang Hao (Lee Beom-Soo), Chi-Angs father, needs to play them opposed toevery other so as to get the treasure that he believes is somewhere in the school.

We to find out this treasure can simplest existdiscovered once the 3 pieces of a key are reunited. Hyun-Joon has one piece and its assumed that Yoon has one as well. Viaa sequence of flashbacks, we see how Hyun-Joon and Yoon used to paintings alongsideeach one other, and were resulted inagree with that at one point they'llwerepals and had a falling out. Whilst Yoon believes that in all probability ITturned into Hyun-Joon who put him in a coma, we see him saving one of Yoons kids from a fire, a kidthis is revealed to be Soon-Ah. The alternativekid is Shi-Woo, or so the display heavily implies.

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'Glorious Temptation' Jung Jin Young Picking a Combat With Choi Kang Hee

In "Glorious Temptation" Jung Jin Young picked a fight with Choi Kang Hee.

On the 37th episode of MBC Monday/Tuesday drama "Glorious Temptation" Kang Suk Hyun (played by ability of Jung Jin Young) picked a fight with Shin Eun Soo (played by Choi Kang Hee).

On this day, Kang Suk Hyun gained a 3 year sentence on account of attempted murder. The use ofthe ability of the Blue House, he was once let move of criminaldue to his worsened fitness condition.

'Glorious Temptation' Choi Kang Hee Is Safely Alive

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'Glorious Temptation' Choi Kang Hee Is Safely Alive

In "Glorious Temptation" Choi Kang Hee used to be back despite the truth thatother folksconcept that she became lost. She was safely alive.

On the 37th episode of MBC Monday/Tuesday drama "Glorious Temptation" Shin Eun Soo (played via Choi Kang Hee) seemed at the finish of the episode. In this day, Jin Hyung Woo (played by Joo Sang Wook) saw that Shin Eun Soo and her daughter Hong Mi Rae (played by Kal So Won) disappeared and was very suspicious about Kang Suk Hyun (played by Jun Jin Young).

Kang Suk Hyun was asked this and no person had an answer. Jin Hyung Woo worried about Shin Eun Soo and in the end, he was in danger of having to cross back 120 Million.