After initial training and experience as an actor, Kim Begley found his true vocation when he joined the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as a principal tenor. In six seasons he sang over thirty roles and has since returned as a regular guest in productions such as Wozzeck (Drum Major), Die Walküre (Siegmund), Billy Budd (Captain Vere) and most recently Król Roger (Edrisi), conducted by Music Director Antonio Pappano.
In an illustrious career spanning over three decades, Kim Begley has performed around the world at the highest level and been a regular guest at The Metropolitan Opera, Opera National de Paris, Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Glyndebourne Festival and La Scala Milan to name just a few. In 2000, under the late Giuseppi Sinopoli, Begley made his Bayreuth Festival debut as Loge (Das Rheingold), a role which subsequently became his major calling card and for which he remains in high demand today.
In Kim Begley's earlier career he excelled in Janáček's operas and sang Laca (Jenufa) in numerous productions on both sides of the Atlantic, including as his debut at The Met under Vladimir Jurowski in 2003. He sang his first performances as Florestan (Fidelio) under Sir Simon Rattle at the Glyndebourne Festival and his first Peter Grimes at De Nederlandse Opera with Edo de Waart. Having always enjoyed a strong relationship with English National Opera, Kim Begley has sung principal roles there by Britten, Janáček and Mussorgsky as well as his first portrayal of Parsifal, which saw him nominated for an Olivier Award. In 2011/12, Kim returned to the Coliseum in critically acclaimed performances as Walter in David Pountney's production of Mieczysław Weinberg's The Passenger and as Captain Vere in David Alden's new production of Billy Budd under Edward Gardner.
Recent seasons have seen the addition of further new roles to Kim Begley's already extensive repertoire: Sellem (The Rake's Progress) in Paris under Jeffrey Tate, Bob Boles (Peter Grimes) in San Francisco under Michael Tilson Thomas, Aegisth (Elektra) in Paris under Philippe Jordan, and Fatty (Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny) for Teatro Municipal de Santiago. This season Kim creates the role of Polonius in the world premiere of Brett Dean's Hamlet under Vladimir Jurowski for Glyndebourne Festival, and returns to the role of Mephistopheles (Doktor Faustus) at Semperoper Dresden under Tomas Netopil as well as Aegisth (Elektra) for his company debut with Teatro Municipal São Paulo.