Sumi Hwang © Shirley Suarez
Sumi Hwang © Shirley Suarez
SOPRANO

Sumi Hwang

Representation: World (except Korea)

BIOGRAPHY

Born in Korea, Sumi Hwang was seen by a global audience of 300 million TV viewers when she gave a soaring rendition of the Olympic Anthem at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in February 2018. The New York Times praised the Korean soprano as 'arguably the star of the night'.

Following undergraduate and graduate degrees at Seoul National University, Sumi Hwang attended the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich where she studied with Frieder Lang, Donald Sulzen and Céline Dutilly. She also participated in masterclasses with Helmut Deutsch, Siegfried Mauser, Andreas Schmidt, Dalton Baldwin and Lorraine Nubar. Her numerous competition successes include the 1st Prize and Audience Prize at the International GRANDI VOCI Competition in Salzburg in 2012, 1st Prize in the Anneliese Rothenberger Competition in Konstanz in 2013 and the 2014 Emmerich Smola Förderpreis presented by the German TV network SWR. In 2014, Sumi Hwang won the first prize (International Queen Elisabeth Grand Prize) in the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels.

Sumi joined the ensemble of the Theater Bonn for four years since 2014 following her victory that year in the Queen Elisabeth Competition. Since then, she had her role debuts of Micaëla in Carmen, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi and Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, reprising further the role of Liù in Puccini’s Turandot. Additionally, Sumi built up a large and diverse repertoire of roles including Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Almirena (Rinaldo), Leïla (Les pêcheurs de perles), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Marzelline (Fidelio), Mimì (La Bohéme) and Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare in Egitto). She has also sung a lead role in a contemporary opera - Lena in Vom Mädchen, das nicht schlafen wollte by Marius Felix Lange - and gave her debut at the Wiener Kammeroper as Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così fan tutte under the baton of Stefan Vladar.

The young artist is also becoming increasingly known to opera audiences across Europe and beyond, giving her debut at the Grand Théâtre de Genève as Pamina, singing Norina in Donizetti’s I pazzi per progetto at the Munich Prinzregententheater in 2012 and the Princess in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges at the Korean National Opera. Engagements during the 2018/19 season included her house debut at the Hessian State Theater in Wiesbaden, where she performed Donna Anna in Don Giovanni before returning to Bonn with the same role; Mimì in Puccini’s La Bohème at Daegu Opera House and her debut with the Wiener Akademie as soprano soloist in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 at the Vienna Musikverein, as well as on tour in Korea. In 2019/2020, she will take part as Micaëla (Carmen) in a new production at the Hessian State Theatre in Wiesbaden.

As a recitalist Sumi regularly collaborates with the renowned pianist Helmut Deutsch, with whom she has appeared in Bonn and Korea, and has also sung in Luxembourg and Washington D.C. at the Phillips Collection with French pianist Jonas Vitaud. In October 2015, she gave a Wigmore Hall Rosenblatt Recital debut alongside Helmut Deutsch. Her first solo album with Helmut Deutsch will be released in 2019.

Sumi regularly appears on the concert stage and particularly in Germany, where she has performed with the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie under Enrico Delamboye, the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR under Dan Ettinger, the Philharmonie SWF under Charles Olivieri-Munroe, the Neue Philharmonie München under Ulrich Weder, the Osnabrücker Symphonieorchester, and with the Lautten Compagney in Munich. She sang Dvořák’s Requiem at the Herkulessaal in Munich under Hayko Siemens, Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem with the Münchner Symphoniker under Benedikt Haag, Mozart concert arias accompanied by Sakari Oramo and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, appearing also as Giannetta in a concert performance of L'elisir d'amore in Bad Kissingen. In 2014, she sang in a Christmas Concert for the President of Germany along with soprano Diana Damrau and the Staatskapelle Dresden, conducted by Patrick Lange and broadcast by the ZDF.

Sumi has further performed Mozart's Requiem with the Netherlands Radio Orchestra conducted by Markus Stenz at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Christian Jost’s Dichterliebe recomposed at the Tongyeong International Music Festival as well as Puzzles and Games from Alice in Wonderland by Unsuk Chin under the baton of Christophe Eschenbach

Recent appearances include two concert performances of Puccini’s La Bohème with the Seoul-based KBS Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra under Markus Stenz, concert performances of Beethoven’s Fidelio with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Christian Jost’s Dichterliebe recomposed with the Staatsorchester Saarbrücken and Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder with the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra under Sebastian Weigle.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic the current opera season has been widely affected by the worldwide cancellations of several engagements, including Mimì (La Bohème) and Micaëla (Carmen) at Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden, whereas on the concert stage Sumi would have appeared as soloist in Mahler’s Fourth Symphony with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, the latter with Hans Graf conducting. Furthermore, she would have given her highly awaited debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra in the frame of a world premiere commissioned to the Korean composer Kay Kyurim Rhie.

During the current season 2021/2022, Sumi Hwang can be heard at the Staatstheater Wiesbaden in several Mozart roles including Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni, Ilia (Idomeneo) and Contessa (Le nozze di Figaro). In concert, she appears as soloist in Beethoven’s IX Symphony with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and in Haydn’s Creation Mass with the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest in Utrecht under Markus Stenz.

2021 | 2022

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DISCOGRAPHY

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Songs
Songs by Richard Strauss, Benjamin Britten und Franz Liszt
Piano: Helmut Deutsch
Label: Deutsche Grammophon | 2019 

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Giuseppe Verdi: Don Carlo

Günther Groissböck, Philippe II 
Rodrigo Porras Garulo, Don Carlo
Aluda Todua, Rodrigue, Marquis of Posa
Timo Riihonen, Grand Inquisitor
N.N., A monk
Cristina Pasaroiu, Elizabeth of Valois
Lena Belkina, Princess Eboli
Stella An, Tebaldo
Julian Habermann, Count Lerma
Sumi Hwang, A heavenly voice

GMD Patrick Lange, conductor
Uwe Eric Laufenberg, director
Rolf Glittenberg, stage design
Marianne Glittenberg, costume design 
Andreas Frank, lighting design
Albert Horne, chorus master 
Daniel C. Schindler, dramatury 

Chor & Extrachor des Hessischen Staatstheaters Wiesbaden
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Giuseppe Verdi: Don Carlo

Young Doo Park, Philippe II 
Rodrigo Porras Garulo, Don Carlo
Aluda Todua, Rodrigue, Marquis of Posa
Timo Riihonen, Grand Inquisitor
N.N., A monk
Cristina Pasaroiu, Elizabeth of Valois
Lena Belkina, Princess Eboli
Stella An, Tebaldo
Julian Habermann, Count Lerma
Sumi Hwang, A heavenly voice

GMD Patrick Lange, conductor
Uwe Eric Laufenberg, director
Rolf Glittenberg, stage design
Marianne Glittenberg, costume design 
Andreas Frank, lighting design
Albert Horne, chorus master 
Daniel C. Schindler, dramatury 

Chor & Extrachor des Hessischen Staatstheaters Wiesbaden
Hessisches Staatsorchester Wiesbaden

FURTHER INFORMATION & TICKETS

Giuseppe Verdi: Don Carlo

Timo Riihonen, Philippe II 
Rodrigo Porras Garulo, Don Carlo
Aluda Todua, Rodrigue, Marquis of Posa
Young Doo Park, Grand Inquisitor
N.N., A monk
Cristina Pasaroiu, Elizabeth of Valois
Lena Belkina, Princess Eboli
Stella An, Tebaldo
Julian Habermann, Count Lerma
Sumi Hwang, A heavenly voice

GMD Patrick Lange, conductor
Uwe Eric Laufenberg, director
Rolf Glittenberg, stage design
Marianne Glittenberg, costume design 
Andreas Frank, lighting design
Albert Horne, chorus master 
Daniel C. Schindler, dramatury 

Chor & Extrachor des Hessischen Staatstheaters Wiesbaden
Hessisches Staatsorchester Wiesbaden

FURTHER INFORMATION & TICKETS

Giuseppe Verdi: Don Carlo

Timo Riihonen, Philippe II 
Rodrigo Porras Garulo, Don Carlo
Aluda Todua, Rodrigue, Marquis of Posa
Young Doo Park, Grand Inquisitor
N.N., A monk
Cristina Pasaroiu, Elizabeth of Valois
Lena Belkina, Princess Eboli
Stella An, Tebaldo
Julian Habermann, Count Lerma
Sumi Hwang, A heavenly voice

GMD Patrick Lange, conductor
Uwe Eric Laufenberg, director
Rolf Glittenberg, stage design
Marianne Glittenberg, costume design 
Andreas Frank, lighting design
Albert Horne, chorus master 
Daniel C. Schindler, dramatury 

Chor & Extrachor des Hessischen Staatstheaters Wiesbaden
Hessisches Staatsorchester Wiesbaden

FURTHER INFORMATION & TICKETS
 

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Representation: World (except Korea)

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SUMI HWANG as Donna Anna in Wiesbaden
30Jan2022
SUMI HWANG as Donna Anna in Wiesbaden

After her house debut as Countess in Le nozze di Figaro last autumn, Sumi Hwang returns to Wiesbaden for three performances as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni.

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SUMI HWANG makes her debut as Mozart's Contessa in Wiesbaden
12Sep2021
SUMI HWANG makes her debut as Mozart's Contessa in Wiesbaden

With her role debut as Contessa in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, Sumi Hwang makes her debut as a new ensemble member of the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden.

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SUMI HWANG | Recital with Helmut Deutsch
09May2021
SUMI HWANG | Recital with Helmut Deutsch

As part of its online concert series, the Amberg City Theater will stream a recital by soprano Sumi Hwang on Sunday, May 9th, at 5 pm, accompanied by Helmut Deutsch on the piano.

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