Praised for the remarkable agility, precision, and warmth of her voice, and for her outstanding musicianship, Sumi Jo has established herself as one of her generation’s most sought-after sopranos. She has been consistently greeted with exceptional accolades, by public and press alike, for her performances in the most important opera houses and concert halls throughout the world.
As a world-class coloratura soprano, she has actively extended her role in various opera productions in the world opera stages. New additions to her repertoire in recent years have been Delibes’ Lakme, Meyerbeer’s Dinorah and Giulietta in I Capuleti e i Montecchi, which she sang for the Minnesota Opera.
Sumi Jo is also in constant demand as a concert artist in both for special events such as the World Cup, an Asian tour of gala concerts, and a program of ‘Viennese Favorites’ with celebrated Cincinnati Pops, 2011 Winter Asian Games Opening Stage in Astana and Almaty (Kazakhstan), IAAF World Championships Daegu 2011 Opening Shows. A gala concert with Jonas Kaufmann, Renee Fleming, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky as part of the Olympic games in Beijing, a Christmas concert with Jose Carreras in Barcelona as well as recitals in major concert halls in Canada, United States, Hong Kong, Beijing, Singapore, Paris, Brussels, and Barcelona.
Piano Accompanist - Jeffery Cohen
Born in Baltimore (U.S.A.), Jeff Cohen studied piano with Leon Fleisher, Reine Gianoli and Peter Feuchtwanger. He currently lives in Paris and is professor of mélodie and Lied at the Conservatoire National as well as artistic director of Les Saisons de la voix in Gordes (Lubéron).
Jeff Cohen has worked as vocal coach at La Monnaie in Brussels, musical director at Théâtre du Châtelet, and teacher at the École d’Art Lyrique and Conservatoire d’Art dramatique in Paris. He has assisted conductors such as Sir George Solti, Christopher Hogwood, John Nelson Michel Plasson and Sir Mark Elder on recordings with Decca, EMI and Opera Rara.
He has performed with singers and instrumentalists such Roberto Alagna, June Anderson, Tassis Christoyannis, Karine Deshayes, Isabelle Druet, Dale Duesing, Jean-Paul Fouchécourt, Véronique Gens, Angela Gheorghiu, Ivry Gitlis, Ida Haendel, Sumi Jo, Steve Lacy, François Le Roux, Noël Lee, Ute Lemper, Blanca Li, Mady Mesplé…
He has made a number of recordings, including a recital « live » at La Scala with Angela Gheorghiu, various compilations of French mélodie, Kurt Weill and cabaret songs with Ute Lemper and two-piano works with Noël Lee.
French television aired Jeff d’orchestre a show written and presented by Jeff Cohen which introduced music to children. He has also composed original music for feature films, plays, and dance pieces.
In 2013 Jeff Cohen was awarded the Officier des Arts et des Lettres by the French government.