Hyesang Park

Soprano

Biography

Hailed by The New York Times for her “bright, clear voice and impressive coloratura technique,” South Korean soprano Hyesang Park is also making a name for herself in international competition circles. In the last year, she has placed in three competitions: she recently won first prize in the April 2016 Gerda Lissner Foundation International Competition, in summer 2015 she won second prize and the Audience Choice Award at the Montreal International Musical Competition, followed the next month by winning second place overall in the women’s division in Placido Domingo’s International Operalia competition, as well as taking First Prize in the women’s Zarzuela.

During summer 2016, Miss Park served as a “Young Artist in Residence” at the Music & Vin 2016 Festival in Beaune, France. Of note this 2016-17 season are her performances in announced productions of Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette with the Korea National Opera in Seoul, Korea in December 2016, and as the First Wood Nymph in Dvořák’s Rusalka with the Metropolitan Opera in New York City in February and March 2017. Future engagements include her United Kingdom opera debut with the celebrated Glyndebourne Festival.

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Reviews

HYESANG PARK is a born performer.”

Opera News

“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.”

The New York Times

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“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