A native of Pusan, South Korea, So Young Park is a graduate of Los Angeles Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist program, where she performed the role of the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Gossip in John Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles, and Barbarina in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. She also appeared as Pat Nixon in John Adams’s Nixon in China in The Music Center’s 50th Anniversary Concert.
She recently made her Los Angeles Philharmonic debut in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. She has sung the Queen of the Night with Boston Lyric Opera, Aspen Music Festival, New England Conservatory, Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera (at the Miller Theatre), Glimmerglass Festival, Hawaii Opera Theatre, and Opera Colorado. Most recently, she performed the role of Zerbinetta in Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos with Opera Theatre of St. Louis. She returned to Los Angeles as Blonde in Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio, Top Daughter in Philip Glass’s Akhnaten, and Olympia in Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann.
So Young Park’s other appearances have included Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto with Michigan Opera Theater, Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Los Angeles Master Chorale and Los Angeles Philharmonic with Esa Pekka Salonen; and The Metropolitan Opera’s 2017 Summer Recital Series. Upcoming engagements include her stage debut at The Metropolitan Opera as the Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute; the roles of Miss Schlesin in Philip Glass’s Satyagraha with Los Angeles Opera and Gilda in Rigoletto with Opera Theater of St. Louis; Jack Perla’s An American Dream with Lyric Opera of Chicago; returns to the Los Angeles and Houston Grand Operas; and her Washington National Opera debut.
Ms. Park earned her artist diploma and master’s degree from the New England Conservatory and her bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from Seoul National University, where she graduated first in her class.