Soprano Sumi Jo Launches 20th-Anniversary Tour

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Soprano Sumi Jo opens a seven-concert recital tour celebrating the 20th anniversary of her operatic debut with a concert in Vancouver tonight.

The tour, which runs through June 10, includes recitals with pianist Vincenzo Scalera in Seattle, Toronto, Washington, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, as well as a performance with the Orchestra of St. Luke's at Carnegie Hall on June 2. Tonight, Jo appears with the Vancouver Symphony led by Bramwell Tovey.

The repertoire for the tour includes arias and songs by Vivaldi, Handel, Donizetti, Gounod, Copland, Johann Strauss, and Verdi, as well as traditional songs from Jo's native Korea.

Born in Seoul in 1962, Jo studied at the Academia di Santa Cecilia in Rome. She debuted as Gilda in Rigoletto in Trieste. Her many roles also include the Queen of the Night in Die Zauberfl‹te, Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, Amina in La Sonnambula, Norina in Don Pasquale, and the title role of Lucia du Lammermoor.

Her 48 recordings include a Grammy-winning version of Die Frau ohne Schatten and the pop album Only Love, which has sold a record 700,000 copies in Korea.

A complete schedule for the tour is below.

May 25: Orpheum Hall, Vancouver
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Bramwell Tovey, conductor

May 27: Benaroya Hall, Seattle

May 30: Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto

June 2: Carnegie Hall, New York
Orchestra of St. Luke's
Will Crutchfield, conductor

June 4: Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.

June 8: Davies Hall, San Francisco

June 10: Walt Disney Hall, Los Angeles

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