Miss Jo has appeared as Marie in La Fille du Regiment in Santiago, Chile, and Elvira in I Puritani in concert with the Monnaie in Brussels and in Amsterdam. New additions to her repertoire in recent years have been Delibes’ Lakeme, Meyerbeer’s Dinorah and Giulietta in I Capuleti ed i Montecchi, which she sang for the Minnesota Opera. In 2007-8 she made her role debut as Violetta in La traviata in Toulon. Her 2008-9 season included Marie in La Fille du Regiment for Hamburg State Opera, Bellini’s I Puritani in Bergamo, Fra Diavolo at the Opéra Comique and Opera Royal de Wallonie in Liege, a gala concert with Jonas Kaufmann, Renee Fleming and Dmitri Hvorostovsky as part of the Olympic games in Beijing, a Christmas concert with Jose Carreras in Barcelona as well as solo concerts in Canada, United States, Hong Kong, Beijing, Singapore, Paris, Brussels, Barcelona, recital tours in Korea, Tokyo and Australia and duo concerts with Dmitri Hvorostovky in Asia, United States and Canada.
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 program 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.
At New York’s Metropolitan Opera Miss Jo has been heard in the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor , Gilda in Rigoletto , Olympia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia and Oscar in Un Ballo in maschera. La Scala audiences have heard her in bel canto specialties such as Le Comte Ory, Fra Diavol. At the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires she has appeared as Gilda, Zerbinetta and Queen of the Night, the latter role of which was the vehicle of her Vienna State Opera debut. Other operas in her extensive repertoire include Donizetti’s La Fille du Regiment and Don Pasquale, Rossini’s Il Turco in Italia and Elisabetta, regina d’Inghilterra, Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio and Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos and Der Rosenkavalier.
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. Her recital debut in Seoul was followed by concerts with the Korean Broadcasting Company Orchestra. Her first operatic role was Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, which she also sang in Seoul. While studying in Italy, Miss Jo was frequently heard in concert in Italian cities and also in radio broadcasts and telecasts on the RAI Italian National Network. She graduated with honors from the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in October 1986.
Miss Jo has won many prestigious awards including first prizes at international competitions in Seoul, Naples, Enna, Barcelona and Pretoria. In August 1986 she was unanimously awarded first prize in the Carlo Alberto Cappelli International Competition at Verona, one of the world’s most important contests, open only to first prize-winners of other major competitions. She was elected as “Artist for Peace” of UNESCO in 2003. Miss Jo makes her home in Rome.
Recent concert appearances include with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Western Australia Symphony Orchestra, China Philharmonic Orchestra, a concert tour of Asia with the Academy of Ancient Music, as well as concerts at the Smetanova Litomysl Festival, with the Russian National Orchestra and for the opening ceremony of the Asia Olympic Games in Kazakhstan. Sumi Jo also recently gave a recital at the Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto. In opera Sumi recently sang Juliette in Romeo et Juliette at Teatro Municipal de Rio de Janeiro, Fiorilla in Il turco in Itali at Hamburg State Opera and Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia at Opera Royal de Wallonie in Liege.
Engagements in the 11/12 season and beyond include Madame Mao in Nixon in China at the Chatelet Thetre Paris, concerts at the Beijing Music Festival, a concert tour of Australia, recitals at the Opera du Rhin in Strasbourg and at the Chatelet in Paris, as well as numerous gala concert appearances.