Soprano Sumi Jo is the highest-selling classical singer in the world, with more than 50 recordings to her credit, including the Grammy Award–winning recordings of Richard Strauss’s Die Frau ohne Schatten with Georg Solti for Decca London and Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera for Deutsche Grammophon under Herbert von Karajan. She performed at the Sochi Winter Olympics and for the Pope in Korea, and appeared (as herself) in Paolo Sorrentino’s film Youth starring Michael Caine; her performance of the film’s signature song, David Lang’s simple song #3 earned her Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations.
Ms. Jo appeared with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra in October 2015, and with Elina Garanca to open the new Guangzhou Opera House. The soprano has toured with the Academy of Ancient Music, performed New Year’s Day concerts with the Orchestra della Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, gala concerts in Moscow, St. Petersburg, London, Krasnoyarsk, Latvia, and Almaty in Kazakhstan, and recitals at the Sala São Paulo, Strasbourg Opera House, Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall, Paris’s Théâtre du Châtelet, the Czech Republic’s Smetanova Litomysl Festival, and in South Korea, Tokyo, and Australia.
Sumi Jo’s engagements in 2016–17 and beyond include appearances in Canberra, Sydney, and Melbourne, Australia; a solo gala concert tour of Asia, performing with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, China Philharmonic Orchestra, and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra; a charity recital at the Cultural Center of the Philippines; a tour with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse; and recitals in Clermont-Ferrand and Montreal. She will join the distinguished jury for the 2017 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition. This performance will mark Sumi Jo’s New York Philharmonic debut.