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A coloratura soprano who in the past due 1990s became probably one of the most noticed fresh names around the international operatic circuit, Sumi Jo was a finding from the flamboyant German conductor Herbert von Karajan. A impressive beauty, she owed her preliminary celebrity partly to video: the conductor organized on her behalf a prominent part in his Karajan in Salzburg video creation. Sumi Jo was created in Seoul, Southern Korea, in 1962. After learning both tone of voice and piano from a age, she decreased from Seoul National College or university in 1983 to go to Italy for research on the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome. Among her instructors had been Carlo Bergonzi and Grannila Bonelli. She graduated in 1985, using a focus in keyboard in addition to voice and on the next couple of years got top tone of voice competition prizes in a number of countries, attracting the eye of Karajan. Her operatic debut emerged as Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto in 1986, and 2 yrs afterwards she performed in El Ballo in Maschera under Karajan’s baton. Within the 1990s and early 2000s she was ubiquitous, performing in main capitals on just about any continent. She earned a Grammy prize in 1993, and among her many recordings, her many portrayals of Mozart’s vocally treacherous Queen of the night time in Die Zauberflöte have already been specifically noteworthy. In 2000, she begun to start to see the fruits of Richard Bonynge’s mentorship, refining her bel canto technique and finding your way through a Carnegie Hall recital in Feb 2001.

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Full Name Sumi Jo
Profession Opera Singer
Education Seoul National University, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Nationality South Korean
Parents Jo Eon-ho, Kim Mal-soon
Siblings Jo Yeong-jun, Jo Yeong-gu
Awards David di Donatello for Best Original Song, Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording
Albums Baroque Journey, Krida, Virtuoso Arias, Carnaval! French Coloratura Arias, Norma (Orchestra La Scintilla, conductor: Giovanni Antonini), Live at Carnegie Hall, Virtuoso Arias : From Seoul With Love, Le Toréador, Les Bijoux, Rossini: Le Comte Ory, Rossini: Il Turco in Italia, Sumi Jo - The Christmas Album, Echoes From Vienna: Tribute to Johann Strauss, Carnaval!, Libera, Missing You, Prayers, Le Domino noir / Gustave III - Ballet Music, Only Love, Un ballo in maschera, Ich Liebe Dich, Orff : Carmina Burana - Apex DE-ACTIVATED, Rossini: Tancredi, Sumi Jo & Tomomi Nishimoto In Concert, Die Zauberflöte (Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra feat. conductor: Sir Georg Solti), Opera Arias - Mozart, W. A. / Bellini, V. / Verdi, G. / Rossini, G. / Gounod, C. / Massenet, J. / Puccini, G. / Schmidt, F. / Wagner, R., Opera Love, The Art of Sumi Jo, R. Strauss: Die Frau Ohne Schatten, La Prima Donna: Sumi Jo 30th Debut Anniversary, Best Of Sumi Jo
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1 In 1986, Jo made her European operatic debut as Gilda in Verdi's Rigoletto at the Teatro Comunale Giuseppe Verdi in Trieste. This performance drew the attention of Herbert von Karajan, who proceeded to cast her as Oscar in Un ballo in maschera opposite Plácido Domingo for the 1989 Salzburg Festival.
2 Her mother was an amateur singer and pianist who had been unable to pursue her own professional music studies due to the political situation in Korea during the 1950s.
3 Just before she performed Ave Maria at Chatelet, Paris, in 2006, Jo's father, Enho Jo, died. When she learned that her father had died, she wanted to cancel the performance and return to Korea for the funeral. Her mother reminded Jo of her promise to her audiences, and said that it was better if she went on with the show in honor of her father. Her performance was dedicated to her father and released as a DVD titled Sumi Jo in Paris - For my Father.
4 Opera singer (soprano).



Criminal Minds 2015 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Mr. Robot 2015 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Youth 2015/I performer: "Simple Song #3"
Mildred Pierce 2011 TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode
Eat Pray Love 2010 performer: "Der Hölle Rache Kocht In Meinem Herzen"

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Mildred Pierce 2011 TV Mini-Series playback singer - 2 episodes
The Ninth Gate 1999 vocal soloist



Le comte Ory 1995 TV Movie La Comtesse Adèle
Un ballo in maschera 1990 TV Movie Oscar, Page des Königs



Youth 2015/I Herself
Karajan in Salzburg 1988 TV Special Singers Rehearsing Bach

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1 I have plunged into a slump many times. But the reason a singer should be kept from such a slump is because he or she must sing in a confident manner on stage. If you display feeble-mindedness on stage, you can't have the audience in the palm of your hand. For me, the medicine is music. I always sing slumps away.
2 A high-pitched soprano has the most feminine and sophisticated vocal tone in terms of virtuosity. Personally, I don't like the high-pitched tone of a female singing voice, rather the vocal range of alto or mezzo-soprano. I love sounds created by low-pitched brass wind instruments such as cello.
3 Well, I used to be a party girl and liked to go out when I was in college. But when I started singing, I had to change my lifestyle completely.
4 In my next life, I would live just like an ordinary person, doing grocery shopping and cooking at home.
5 I think music is a God-given mission for me.

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