Sumi Jo soprano

Praised for the remarkable agility, precision and warmth of her voice and for her outstanding musicianship, Sumi Jo has established herself as one of her generation’s most sought-after sopranos.

Born in Korea, Sumi Jo studied in her native country before enrolling in the Conservatory of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome. Her first operatic role was Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, since which she has won many prestigious awards including first prizes at international competitions in Seoul, Naples, Enna, Barcelona, Pretoria and Veron.

Sumi has appeared in New York’s Metropolitan Opera in Lucia di Lammermoor, Rigoletto, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Il barbiere di Siviglia and Un Ballo in maschera. La Scala audiences have heard her in bel canto specialties such as Le Comte Ory and Fra Diavol; and she regularly performs at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires.

In 2008-9 she appeared in a gala concert as part of the Olympic Games in Beijing and a Christmas concert with Jose Carreras in Barcelona. In 2001 at Carnegie Hall, accompanied by The Orchestra of St. Luke’s, she gave her first public performances of Broadway Songs on her crossover album “Only Love”, which sold more than 1,200,000 copies worldwide.

Sumi Jo’s extensive recording output includes a Grammy-winning Die Frau ohne Schatten with Sir Georg Solti and Un Ballo in maschera with Herbert von Karajan.

Sumi Jo's past performances