Lauded by The New York Times as “a dark toned, agile mezzo soprano,”
HYO NA KIM appeared at the 2010 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She is also a first prize winner of the Gerda Lissner Competition, a multiple grant winner at the Licia Albanese-Puccini and Giulio Gari Competitions. She has won the Schubert Lied Competition in her native Korea, where she received her bachelor’s degree at Ewha Woman’s University. She earned her master’s degree and Professional Studies Diploma from Mannes College of Music.
Ms. Kim can be seen in the "Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar" in Potsdam, NY from May 19-24. She has received a full Fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival this summer, and will be performing the role of Larina in the Aspen Opera Theater production of Eugene Onegin.
Please see Ms. Kim's website for more information
“The Serpent,” on the other hand, recalls a mild July day in Santa Barbara, where Hyo Na and I first met. We were both attending the Music Academy of the West, and it was there that we sang Rorem’s piece for the first time. I still remember this as being one of my most joyous and carefree performances. It also included my first bit of onstage choreography (I advanced to slow-motion sci-fi cell-phone handling at Tanglewood this year).
I was a teenager, and pianist for my high school choir, when I last performed “Zion’s Walls.” It was this accompanying gig (at 7:30 a.m., Monday—Friday!) that began my life as a song pianist. Nothing can really compare to playing for the human voice, and my excitement in reading the Copland or Ceremony of Carols or Vivaldi Gloria was always extreme. When the voice is one like Hyo Na’s, my happiness becomes even more pronounced. So, it’s my joy to play for my ideal colleague and dear friend, Hyo Na Kim.