[Hong Kong 8 October 2009] Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra proudly presents “Mad for love – Sumi Jo”. Following her extraordinary début with the Hong Kong Philharmonic in November 2008, superstar Korean soprano Sumi Jo returns by popular demand. Sumi will perform with the HK Philharmonic at 8pm at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall on 27 Oct 2009. One show only.
The Korean doll Sumi Jo thrilled audiences all over world with her exceptional technique and showmanship. She is one of the three top sopranos who performed at Beijing Olympic, the other two were Renée Fleming and Cecilia Bartoli. Sumi also sings If I leave, the theme song of the popular Korean TV programme The Lost Empire. Tickets of her Hong Kong début last year sold out at once, don’t miss her highly anticipated return this month.
Praised for the remarkable agility, precision and warmth of her voice, and for her outstanding musicianship, Sumi Jo has established herself as one of her generation’s most sought-after sopranos. She has been consistently greeted with exceptional accolades, by public and press alike, for her performances in the most important opera houses and concert halls throughout the world.
Sumi Jo is also in constant demand as a concert artist, both for special events such as the World Cup, an Asian tour of gala concerts with Andrea Bocelli, and a programme of Viennese favourites with celebrated Cincinnati Pops. She has been heard in recital in major festivals and concert halls worldwide. In 2001 at Carnegie Hall, accompanied by The Orchestra of St. Luke’s, she gave her first public performances of Broadway Songs on her crossover album Only Love, which sold more than 1,200,000 copies worldwide, adding to her list of best-selling recordings.
Miss Jo currently has over 50 recordings to her credit, which include ten solo albums for Erato. Among them are a Grammy-winning Die Frau ohne Schatten with Sir Georg Solti for London/Decca and Un Ballo in Maschera for Deutsche Grammophon under Herbert von Karajan. She has also recorded The Magic Flute and an album of arias under the baton of Maestro Solti. In 2007 she signed an exclusivity contract with Universal Music.
Born in Korea, Sumi Jo studied in her native country before enrolling in the Conservatory of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome. She was elected as “Artist for Peace” of UNESCO in 2003. Miss Jo makes her home in Rome. [Full Biography]
Mad for love
27 | 10 | 2009
HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall
HK$880 $580 $380 $280
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HONG KONG PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
Edo de Waart
Artistic Director and Chief Conductor
The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) is one of Asia’s leading orchestras. 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. HKPO annually touches the lives of 200,000 music lovers through more than 150 performances including its extensive education activities for children and adults alike, and free concerts such as the popular Swire Symphony Under the Stars, and regular broadcasts and telecasts. Outside of Hong Kong, HKPO has made a number of successful tours in Asia and Europe including a major six-concert tour of China in the 08/09 season under the leadership of Maestro Edo de Waart, drawing great critical acclaims. [Full Biography]
The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is financially supported by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
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