Soprano Sumi Hwang: Rave Reviews from the Viennese Press for her Debut at Theater an der Wien (Kammeroper)

May 15, 2018

Soprano Sumi Hwang debuted at TADW in the Vienna Kammeroper as Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte directed by Ring Award Winner Valentin Schwarz and conducted by Stefan Vladar on May 15th. Additional performances: May 17, 19, 23, 25. 27
”The magnificent soprano Sumi Hwang is the star of the evening. She sings the part of Fiordiligi with an ease that is difficult to match. It’s hard to believe that she appeared on stage at the premiere only as a last-minute replacement for the indisposed Anna Gillingham. She has the range demanded by the role effortlessly covered, with her voice always sounding bright and full.”
Andreas Schmidt / Klassik begeistert
”… she was the queen of the evening: a radiant, bright, clear soprano, superbly controlled; secure high notes, wonderful piani, exemplary crossing of registers (it’s part and parcel of the role that Mozart gave Fiordiligi a few notes that are just too low for a soprano). With a lot of humor and just as much feeling, her acting was also captivating to behold.”
Renate Wagner / Online Merker
”Having the South Korean singer Sumi Hwang step in [as Fiordiligi] did the audience a great favor, but a more doubtful one for Hwang’s colleagues on stage, as one hears what it sounds like in a different league. The soprano, who sang the Olympic Hymn at the opening of the Winter Olympics held in her homeland this year, gave a flawless, elegantly steered, and moving Fiordiligi. Her ‘Come Scoglio’ aria would not be out of place at a major opera house.”
Maria Scholl / APA