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Another HKPO Sold-out Concert
Bel Canto – Sumi Jo in Hong Kong

12th November 2008

Hong Kong, 12th November 2008 - The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) will perform, yet another sold-out concert this time under the baton of guest conductor Luciano Acocella together with a great Korean soprano Sumi Jo on 15th November. Renowned for the remarkable agility, precision and warmth of her voice, Sumi Jo will perform arias from the great bel canto tradition in an evening of spectacular vocal fireworks and show-stopping scenes from the world of opera.

Soprano
Sumi Jo currently has over 50 recordings to her credit, which include ten solo albums for Erato. Among her operatic engagements in most recent seasons have been new productions of Les Contes d'Hoffmann(an opera she recorded under Kent Nagano) at the Washington Opera, The Paris Opera, the Los Angeles Opera, the Orange Opera Festival and the Royal Opera House. Sumi Jo has won many prestigious awards including first prizes at international competitions in Seoul, Naples, Enna, Barcelona and Pretoria. She was elected as “Artist for Peace” of UNESCO in 2003. She currently makes her home in Rome.

Conductor
Luciano Acocella studied the piano, composition and conducting at the Conservatory of the Santa Cecilia in Rome. After winning the prize at the 1996 Prokofiev Conducting Competition and the Mitropoulous Competition for Conductors, he began conducting concerts and opera in Italy, Holland, France, China, Denmark, Japan, Korea, Russia, Poland and Romania. Luciano Acocella’s recordings include I Capuleti e i Montecchi on DVD/CD for Dynamic Records and he is due to record a CD of Puccini arias with soprano Melanie Diener and the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.

Free Pre-concert Talk
Time: 7:15pm
Venue: HK Cultural Centre Auditoria Building 4/F Foyer
Speaker: Prof. Lo King-man (in Cantonese)

Programme Details:
Bel Canto – Sumi Jo in Hong Kong
15th November 2008
Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall
8pm
$880 $580 $380 $280

Artists
Luciano Acocella conductor
Sumi Jo soprano

Programme
DONIZETTI La Fille du régiment: overture
GOUNOD Roméo et Juliette -Je veux vivre*
BELLINI Capuleti e I Montecchi - Eccomi in lieta vesta*
BELLINI Norma: overture
VERDI
Rigoletto -Caro nome*
BIZET Carmen: Prelude and Entr’actes
MEYERBEER L’étoile du Nord - C’est bien l’air que chaque matin*
DONIZETTI La Fille du régiment - Il faut partir*
VERDI Macbeth: Ballet music
VERDI La traviata - E strano…Sempre libera*

Photo downloads
http://download.hkpo.com/files/press/nov08_prog/Bel_Canto-Sumi_Jo_in_HK.zip

Tickets to the above concerts are available at URBTIX outlets
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ABOUT THE HONG KONG PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
Hailed as “one of Asia's top orchestras”, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) is led by the internationally renowned Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Edo de Waart. Enriching Hong Kong’s cultural life for over a century, the Orchestra has grown into a formidable ensemble of Chinese and international talents in the last three decades, attracting world-class artists to perform on the same stage. In April 2006, The Swire Group Charitable Trust became the Hong Kong Philharmonic’s Principal Patron to enable Maestro de Waart’s artistic vision for the Orchestra to be realized. HKPO annually touches the lives of 200,000 music lovers through more than 150 performances, including a series of outreach activities including the city’s largest outdoor symphonic concert in Happy Valley, Swire Symphony under the Stars. Please visit www.hkpo.com for more information about the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.

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