World renowned soprano Sumi Jo and orchestra I Musici to hold legendary tour concert

연합뉴스 / 2021-11-22 15:09:33
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▲ This photo, provided by Credia Music & Artists, shows the poster for Sumi Jo and I Musici's upcoming tour concert. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

 

 

SEOUL, Nov. 22 (Yonhap) -- Renowned South Korean soprano Sumi Jo, who will be celebrating her 35th international debut anniversary, and Italian chamber orchestra "I Musici," which marks its 70th anniversary this year, will tour eight different cities in Korea during the month of December.

Jo made her global operatic debut in 1986 as Gilda with the opera "Rigoletto" at the Teatro Lirico Giuseppe Verdi in Italy.

The 59-year-old has established herself as the most sought-after sopranos after winning seven international competitions and performing various operas, concerts and recitals. Jo was recognized for her talent after becoming the first Asian soprano to win La Siola d'Oro, an honorary opera prize, as well as the prestigious International Puccini Prize and the Grammy Awards. Recently, Jo also became the first South Korean to be inducted into the Asian Hall of Fame.

To celebrate her 35th world debut anniversary, Jo decided to select Baroque, a music style chosen by the soprano singer for every special occasion, as her program music for the upcoming concert.

The South Korean singer released her first Baroque album on her 20th debut anniversary and performed Baroque program music for the first time on her 25th anniversary. In 2014, she unveiled an album titled "Only Bach" with German classical music label Deutsche Grammophon. The album, which consists of Jo singing nothing but cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach, was released to mark her 25th anniversary of recording Verdi's opera "Un Ballo In Maschera (A Masked Ball," directed by Herbert von Karajan, with the label.

This is the first time for Jo to hold a performance together with I Musici. The legendary chamber orchestra, which succeeded in making Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" the most beloved classic repertoire, will be holding its 18th performance in Korea since its first concert in 1975. I Musici has also sold more than 200 million albums so far.

Jo and I Musici will be releasing a baroque album "Lux. 3570" ahead of their tour in Korea. In addition to Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons," Bach's "Coffee Cantata, Purcell's "King Arthur" aria, Handel's "Alcina," and songs listed in the "Lux. 3570" baroque album will also be presented to the audience.

Starting at Cheonan Foundation for Arts and Culture on Dec. 11, Jo and I Musici will perform at Art Center Incheon (Dec. 12), Eumseong Culture & Arts Center (Dec. 15), Iksan Arts Center (Dec. 16), Busan Culture Center (Dec. 18), Sejong Cultural Foundation (Dec. 19), Seongnam Arts Center (Dec. 23), and Seoul Arts Center (Dec. 25-26).

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