One of the world’s most adored coloratura sopranos, Sumi Jo, presents a tribute to the legendary diva Maria Callas in a one-night only performance Monday 21 November at City Recital Hall, Sydney, and Saturday 26 November at Melbourne Recital Hall.
Maria Callas was famous for her performance of the bel canto style, the repertoire of which is marked by agility and beautifully even singing. September 2017 marks the 40th anniversary of the soprano’s untimely death in Paris at the age of just 53.
Generations of music-lovers have been captivated by her dazzling renditions of the great coloratura roles in bel canto operas such as Lucia di Lammermoor, I Puritani, La Sonnambula, and The Barber of Seville. Sumi Jo’s thrilling interpretations of these same roles have also brought audiences to their feet around the world.
The most famous musician to come from Korea, Sumi Jo is renowned for the precision, agility, and warmth of her voice. Her career soared when she came to the attention of maestro Herbert von Karajan, who described hers as “a voice from above”.
Sumi Jo has performed with the world’s leading conductors in the most famous opera houses and concert halls and is a Grammy Award winner. This year her rendition of ‘Simple Song’ from the film Youth was nominated for an Oscar.
In Sumi Jo: A Tribute to Maria Callas, Sumi Jo will perform greatly loved works associated with Maria Callas and a selection of Sumi Jo’s favourite arias.
Sumi Jo will be accompanied by pianist Gary Matthewman, a sought-after collaborator with many great singers.
Tickets: From $99 (booking fees may apply)
Bookings: City Recital Hall (02) 8256 2222, www.cityrecitalhall.com