Freddie de Tommaso withdraws from First Night of the Proms due to Covid-19

The British-Italian tenor will be replaced by David Junghoon Kim

Freddie de Tommaso
Published: July 15, 2022 at 12:11 pm
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Freddie de Tommaso has withdrawn from the First Night of the Proms at London’s Royal Albert Hall this evening after testing positive for Covid-19.


The 28-year-old British-Italian tenor – and winner of this year’s BBC Music Magazine Newcomer Award – was due to perform with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in the opening night performance of Verdi’s Requiem, alongside fellow soloists, soprano Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnston and bass-baritone Kihwan Sim.

He will now be replaced by Korean tenor David Junghoon Kim, who has stepped in at short notice.


The performance, conducted by Sakari Oramo, opens the 2022 season of the BBC Proms, which will run for a full eight weeks following two years of scaled down programming during the pandemic.


Charlotte SmithEditor of BBC Music Magazine

Charlotte Smith is the editor of BBC Music Magazine. Born in Australia, she hails from a family of musicians with whom she played chamber music from a young age. She earned a bachelor’s degree in violin performance from London's Royal College of Music, followed by a master’s in English from Cambridge University. She was editor of The Strad from 2017 until the beginning of 2022, and has also worked for Gramophone Magazine and as a freelance arts writer. In her spare time, she continues to perform as an active chamber musician.

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