Sumi has established herself as one of her generation’s most sought-after sopranos, praised for her outstanding musicianship and the remarkable agility, precision and warmth of her voice.
Sumi celebrated the 30th anniversary of her international opera debut in the 2016-17 season, with performances in Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, Australia; a guest appearance at the New York Philharmonic Orchestra’s Lunar New Year Concert at David Geffen Hall; Maria Callas Tribute concerts with the Hong Kong Philharmonic; a charity recital in Manila; gala concert at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center Athens; concerts in Toulouse, Taipei and Pingtung with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse; Fauré Requiem with the Montreal Symphony; and recitals in Clermont-Ferrand and Montreal. Sumi also joined the distinguished jury for the Cardiff Singer of the World 2017 competition.
Engagements in 2017-18 season and beyond include gala concerts in Budapest, Paris, at the Colosseum in Rome and Teatro Colón in Bogota; recitals with guitarist Xuefei Yang across Asia; a concert at the Kremlin Palace, Moscow; a tour of Australia including a guest appearance with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra; and recitals at the Opera Theatre Clermont-Ferrand and at London’s Wigmore Hall.
Sumi Jo is the highest selling classical singer in the world, with over 50 recordings to her credit.
In recent years Sumi has performed at the Olympic Games, Winter Olympics, for the Pope, and appeared performing as herself in the Paolo Sorrentino film ‘Youth’. Sumi’s performance of the film’s signature song Simple Song #3 won her nominations for the 2016 Golden Globe awards and an Oscar in the “Music – Original Song” category.