Sumi Jo


Born: 1962; Seoul, South Korea  
A coloratura soprano who in the late 1990s became one of the most noticed new names on the international operatic circuit, Sumi Jo was a discovery of the flamboyant German conductor Herbert von Karajan. A striking beauty, she owed her initial celebrity in part to video: the conductor arranged for her a prominent role in his Karajan in Salzburg video production.

Sumi Jo was born in Seoul, South Korea, in 1962. After studying both voice and
Read more piano from a young age, she dropped out of Seoul National University in 1983 to travel to Italy for study at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome. Among her teachers were Carlo Bergonzi and Grannila Bonelli. She graduated in 1985, with a concentration in keyboard as well as voice and over the next few years took top voice competition prizes in several countries, attracting the attention of Karajan. Her operatic debut came as Gilda in Verdi's Rigoletto in 1986, and two years later she performed in Un Ballo in Maschera under Karajan's baton. In the 1990s and early 2000s she was ubiquitous, singing in major capitals on nearly every continent. She won a Grammy award in 1993, and among her many recordings, her several portrayals of Mozart's vocally treacherous Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte have been especially noteworthy. In 2000, she began to see the fruits of Richard Bonynge's mentorship, refining her bel canto technique and preparing for a Carnegie Hall recital in February 2001. Read less
Verdi: Un Ballo In Maschera / Solti, Domingo, Barstow, Jo, Quivar [blu-ray]
Release Date: 06/30/2015   Label: Arthaus Musik  
Catalog: 109105   Number of Discs: 1
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Adam: Le Toreador / Bonynge, Jo, Aler, Trempont
Release Date: 03/17/1998   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 455664   Number of Discs: 1
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Rossini: Le Comte Ory / Gardiner, Jo, Aler, Montague
Release Date: 02/14/2006   Label: Philips  
Catalog: 4757014   Number of Discs: 2
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Rossini: Il Turco In Italia / Marriner, Alaimo, Jo, Corbelli
Release Date: 08/14/2007   Label: Philips  
Catalog: 000943202   Number of Discs: 2
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Mozart: Die Zauberflote / Ostman, Streit, Bonney, Jo
Release Date: 10/01/2010   Label: L'oiseau Lyre  
Catalog: 440085   Number of Discs: 2
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