Sumi Hwang © Oxana Guryanova
Sumi Hwang © Oxana Guryanova
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.

Further appearances in 2019/2020 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 Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem with the Italian Orchestra Leonore (Fondazione Pistoiese Promusica). She will furthermore give her highly-expected debut with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra as a soloist in Beethoven’s Missa solemnis under their principal conductor‎ ‎Krzysztof Urbanski.

2019 | 2020

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DISCOGRAPHY

Album Cover

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

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VIDEOS

CALENDAR

Charles Ives: The unanswered question
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125

Markus Stenz, conductor
Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra
National Chorus of Korea
Anyang Civic Chorale
Seoul Motet Choir

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Charles Ives: The unanswered question
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125

Markus Stenz, conductor
Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra
National Chorus of Korea
Anyang Civic Chorale
Seoul Motet Choir

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Ludwig van Beethoven: Fidelio

Toby Spence, Florestan
Susanne Bernhard, Leonore
Hans-Peter König, Rocco
Sumi Hwang, Marzelline
Thorbjørn Gulbrandsøy, Jaquino
Johannes Weisser, Don Pizarro
Jonathan Lemalu, Don Fernando
Steffan Siggervåg Sortland, Erster Gefangener
Jakub Adam Niedzala, Zweiter Gefangener

Markus Stenz, conductor
Vera Rostin Vexelsen, producer

Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
Stavanger Symfonikor

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Ludwig van Beethoven: Fidelio

Toby Spence, Florestan
Susanne Bernhard, Leonore
Hans-Peter König, Rocco
Sumi Hwang, Marzelline
Thorbjørn Gulbrandsøy, Jaquino
Johannes Weisser, Don Pizarro
Jonathan Lemalu, Don Fernando
Steffan Siggervåg Sortland, Erster Gefangener
Jakub Adam Niedzala, Zweiter Gefangener

Markus Stenz, conductor
Vera Rostin Vexelsen, producer

Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
Stavanger Symfonikor

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Christian Jost: »Dichterliebe recomposed« after Robert Schumann for soprano

Christian Jost, conductor
Sumi Hwang, soprano
Saarländisches Staatsorchester

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