Hera Hyesang Park
Hailed by The New York Times for her “bright, clear voice and impressive coloratura technique,” and by Le Devoir for a voice that is “sumptuous, of incredible magnitude,” South Korean soprano Hera Hyesang Park is attracting the attention of opera houses and concert presenters worldwide.
In the 2018-2019 season, Hera Hyesang Park returns to the Glyndebourne Festival as Rosina in Rossini’s Barbiere di Siviglia, and she makes her role and house debut as Musetta in Barrie Kosky’s new production of La bohème at the Komische Oper, Berlin, as well as her debut with the Macau International Festival as Giannetta in L’elisir d’amore. In concert, she will make her Münchner Rundfunkorchester debut as Almira in Rossini’s Sigismondo and her Gyeonggi Philharmonic debut in a Mozart arias program led by Massimo Zanetti. Her recital appearances include debuts at Vocal Arts DC, Alice Tully Hall, and Suseuong Artpia in Daegu.
Ms. Park began the 2017-2018 season in both her Bayerische Staatsoper and role debuts as Despina in Mozart’s Così fan tutte. As part of her final year in The Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, she sang Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro and The Dew Fairy in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. She also sang the soprano solo in Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem with St. Thomas Church Concert Series under the leadership of Music Director Daniel Hyde and gave a recital with Ken Noda with the Friends of Chamber Music of Miami. Future engagements include returns to The Metropolitan Opera, the Bayerische Staatsoper, and the Glyndebourne Festival.
Other recent opera engagements include Ms. Park’s Met Opera debut as the First Wood Nymph in Dvořák’s Rusalka, her Glyndebourne Festival debut as Najade in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, and Juliette in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette with the Korea National Opera in Seoul. She has also appeared in concerts with both the New York Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Opera, and gave recital debuts on Canada’s ProMusica Dominica Series and Carnegie Hall’s Neighborhood Concert Series. While at Juilliard, Ms. Park also sang Amina in La Sonnambula and Fiorilla in Il Turco in Italia, for which Opera News magazine remarked, “Her solid, refined fioritura delivery was matched by glamour, temperament and, above all, an ability to put bel canto splendor to expressive use.”Read more
Ms. Park’s honors and awards include first prize in the April 2016 Gerda Lissner Foundation International Competition, second prize and the Audience Choice Award at the 2015 Montreal International Musical Competition, and winning second place overall in the women’s division in Placido Domingo’s 2015 International Operalia competition, as well as taking First Prize in the women’s Zarzuela. Earlier awards include Fifth Place in the 2014 Queen Elizabeth International Music Competition, First Place at both the 2010 Korea National Opera and Sejong Center for the Performing Arts competitions, and Korea’s Minister for Culture Prize. She also served as “Young Artist in Residence” at the 2016 Music & Vin Festival in Beaune, France.
In May 2017, Ms. Park graduated from The Juilliard School in New York City with an Artist Diploma in Opera Studies, a rigorous, prestigious two-year advanced training program. The recipient of a Toulmin Foundation Scholarship, in June 2015 Miss Park earned her Master’s Degree from Juilliard. She studied with Edith Bers and participated in masterclasses with Sir Richard Bonynge, Marilyn Horne, Renée Fleming, Renata Scotto, Mariella Devia, and Luciana Serra. She also studied at the Georg Solti Accademia in Italy, and Switzerland’s Verbier Festival. Among the distinguished conductors she has worked with are Plácido Domingo, Sigiswald Kuijken and Roland Böer.
Before moving to the United States, Hera Hyesang Park made her professional opera debut as Violetta in La traviata with the Korea National Opera, and also sang the role of Adina in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore with the company. Miss Park earned her Bachelors of Music Degree in Vocal Performance at Seoul National University. She currently resides in New York City.
Current December 2018
Shooting star soprano Hyesang Park thrilled the glittering a-list audience at the 2018 Met Gala. Ms Park performed a selection of songs by Mozart, Puccini, Duparc, Obradors, Gounoud. She wore a stunning gown by Giambattista Valli personally selected by Vogue’s...
“HYESANG PARK is a born performer.”
“Over the last few years, the Juilliard School has become a hotbed for inventive opera productions. So it’s hard not to wish that the beautiful concert performance of Bellini’s “La Sonnambula” on Tuesday evening at the school’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater had been staged. … If this production lacked scenery and costumes, it offered expressive singing from a gifted cast. As Amina, the fragile, guileless title character of “La Sonnambula” (“The Sleepwalker”), the Korean soprano Hyesang Park showed she has the vocal endowment for this touchstone bel canto role. When we meet her, Amina is brimming with ncredulous joy the night before her marriage to Elvino, a prosperous young farmer. The beguiling aria “Come per me sereno” conveys Amina’s contentment in fine-spun phrases. Yet the music is suffused with curious melancholy, suggesting that this young woman has a troubled psyche. For the most part, Ms. Park shaped the lines beautifully and sang with melting sound and gleaming top notes. Amina’s climactic sleepwalking scene requires both delicate lyricism and daring coloratura agility; Ms. Park had both. …Yet even at the start of her career, she reveals the sadness below the surface of this music.”
“Hyesang Park looked and sounded genuinely lovely, approaching the great role in the old-fashioned, pre-Callas tradition of tonal purity and ethereal roulades. Her downward chromatic scales were most impressive…. Unaffected and gracious onstage, this soprano already exudes star quality.”
Opera News, February 13, 2016
“The soprano Hyesang Park’s bright, clear voice and impressive coloratura technique are ideal for Fiorilla.”
The New York Times, November 20, 2014