Sumi Hwang © Oxana Guryanova
Sumi Hwang © Oxana Guryanova


SUMI HWANG in Stavanger and Saarbrücken

Under the baton of Markus Stenz, with whom Sumi Hwang has worked successfully several times previously – including as a soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in Seoul and in Mozart’s Requiem at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam – the Korean soprano performs in a staged adaptation of Beethoven’s Fidelio on February 7 and 9 in Stavanger, Norway. The stage concept was conceived by the Norwegian director Vera Rostin Wexelsen, who came to renown for her staging of Britten’s Peter Grimes in 2017.

One week later, Sumi Hwang can be heard at the Saarbrücken State Theatre in Christian Jost’s Dichterliebe, inspired by Robert Schumann’s eponymous piece; the world premiere of his Egmont – to stay within the Beethoven anniversary events – takes place one day later at the Theater an der Wien.

Cast Fidelio (7 & 9 February)

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, First prisoner
Jakub Adam Niedzala, Second prisoner

Markus Stenz, conductor
Vera Rostin Vexelsen, scenic concept
Stavanger Symfonikor

​​​​​​​Cast Dichterliebe (16 February)

Sumi Hwang, soprano
Christian Jost, conductor
Saarländisches Staatsorchester