Sumi Jo

Sumi Jo

Opera singer
Date of Birth: 21.11.1962
Country: South Korea

Biography of Sumi Jo

Sumi Jo, an opera singer originally from Seoul, South Korea, is a modern opera diva with an Asian appearance who loves to create a positive aura around herself. She is a talented graduate of one of the oldest music institutions in the world. Sumi's mesmerizing soprano voice was honed and perfected at the Roman Academy of Santa Cecilia. Just one year after graduation, her crystal-clear soprano voice resonated at the Salzburg Festival, performing Verdi's famous "Un ballo in maschera" under the direction of the great Herbert von Karajan. This was undoubtedly a unique opportunity to begin her journey as an opera prima. Subsequently, she performed at the Paris Opera, La Scala, Covent Garden, Metropolitan Opera, and gained worldwide recognition.

In her native South Korea, Sumi Jo is greeted with immense fees and state awards, earning her the status of a "national treasure." However, she does not wish to adopt the mask of inaccessibility, fatal loneliness, and mystery that were characteristic of opera singers in the past. Instead, this delicate Korean woman, Sumi, is an open and optimistic person. She flirts with her audience on stage, astonishes the public with her extraordinary costumes, and prefers the freedom of concerts over pretense and self-inflicted limitations imposed by certain opera directors. Nevertheless, she easily finds harmony with conductors and fellow singers, despite often facing prejudice due to the shape of her eyes.

Sumi Jo enjoys experimenting, diversifying her repertoire from baroque to crossover. Her soprano voice can be heard in Roman Polanski's film "The Ninth Gate," but she has no desire to act in movies, fully realizing her potential on stage. One of the most memorable moments in Russian opera history is the merging of Sumi Jo's soprano voice and baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky's at the State Kremlin Palace.