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South Korean coloratura soprano Sumi Jo has established herself as one of the foremost outstanding artists of her generation, known for her remarkable agility, musicianship and versatility. As the highest selling Classical singer in the world, with over 50 recordings to her credit, Sumi has collaborated with the world’s most prominent conductors, opera and is houses and record labels, now in constant demand as a performer and special guest artist at gala concerts and events globally.
This season, Sumi launches the inaugural ‘Sumi Jo International Singing Competition’, which will take place in July 2024, and will be situated in the beautiful surroundings of the Chateau de La Ferte-Imbault, a medieval Castle just outside of Paris.
Sumi Jo International Singing Competition
We are delighted to announce on behalf of soprano Sumi Jo, the inaugural 'Sumi Jo International Singing Competition'.
With many years of experience as a jury member on panels for the worlds most reputable vocal competitions, and running masterclasses for young singers globally, Sumi Jo has acquired the knowledge and expertise of the competition sector that will enable her to lead a competition that attracts world class talent. Produced alongside a team of established music professionals, the competition is designed as a international platform to showcase the talents of exceptional young artists from around the whole world and to promote their careers globally.
Taking place from July 15-21, 2024, the competition will be situation in the beautiful surroundings of the Chateau de La Ferte-Imbault, a medieval Castle just outside of Paris.
The official competition website will be launched soon alongside the release of further information for those who would like to attend and apply.
Song to the Moon
Concerto for Coloratura Soprano in F Minor
The Ninth Gate “Vocalise”
Symphony No. 2
Symphony No. 3
Des Knaben Wunderhorn
Concert arias (Various)
Mass in C minor
Lieder der Frauen
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5
Nixon in China Madame (Mao)
I Capuleti e I Montecchi (Giulietta)
I Puritani (Elvira)
La Sonnambula (Amina)
Don Pasquale (Norina)
Lucia di Lammermoor (Lucia)
Lucio Silla (Giunia)
Les Dialogues des Carmelites (Constance)
Le Coq D’or (Shemakha)
Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
Il Turco in Italia (Fiorilla)
Le Comte Ory (Adele)
Ariadne auf Naxos (Zerbinetta)
Der Rosenkavalier (Sophie)
Un Ballo In Maschera (Oscar)
A Platinum Award-winning collection of classical, crossover and folk songs dedicated to Sumi Jo’s mother. [UNIVERSAL]
Alberto Zedda conducts this Grammy nominated recording with Ewa Podles, Sumi Jo and Stanford Olsen. [NAXOS]
MAD FOR LOVE Australian concert tour with José Carbó
Melbourne Recital Centre
“Sumi Jo has won hearts around the world for her thrilling lyric coloratura soprano voice, her artistry and her engaging personality […] she demonstrated why her stratospheric upper range, astonishing agility and expressive warmth have made her the highest selling classical singer in the world.".
Heather Leviston, Classical Melbourne (July 2018)
Queensland Performing Arts Centre
Jo performed a handful of Korean folksongs with heart-wrenching passion, and indulged so gloriously in the ornate and ethereal a cappella melismas of Alabiev’s Nightingale.
Bridget O’Brien, Cut Common Magazine (August 2018)
City Recital Hall Angel Place Sydney
“Jo was at her most captivating in Auber’s C’est L’histoire Amoureuse from his Manon Lescaut (a popular operatic story set also by Massenet and Puccini). The character and musical genre suited her perfectly and the French language was both clear and idiomatic. The agile coquettish soubrette sparkled in this aria”
Victoria Watson, Sound like Sydney (July 2018)
Hong Kong Philharmonic / HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall
“Technically assured throughout her range, Jo pulled out all her hallmark super-high notes with aplomb and finesse in dynamic control”
Sam Olluver, South China Morning Post (Feb 2014)