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Published on Jul 3, 2019
We're flying the rainbow flag this Pride month to celebrate the many LGBTQ+ people who have helped make the Royal Opera House the institution it is today, both on and off stage. 🏳️🌈
Korean-American countertenor/mezzo-sopranist Kangmin Justin Kim makes his Royal Opera debut in the 2018/19 Season as Cherubino (The Marriage of Figaro), but you might recognise him as his alter-ego, Kimchilia Bartoli. Subscribe to our channel and find out more at https://www.roh.org.uk/productions/th...
Kimchilia Bartoli imitates one of the most talented mezzo-sopranos in the opera scene, Cecilia Bartoli, who specialises in baroque repertory (which is also the most performed repertory by countertenors).
There’s a strong connection between drag culture, impersonation and devoted admiration towards talented and powerful women by the queer community – and Kimchilia Bartoli embodies this by highlighting the campness and virtuosismo of opera while delivering outstanding vocal performances.