(Seoul, South Korea)
2019–20 Season: Conductor, Ernani
2020–21 Season: Conductor, Fidelio
San Francisco Opera Highlights: Conductor, Rusalka; Adler Fellows Concert: The Future Is Now
Korean conductor Eun Sun Kim has been appointed the Caroline H. Hume Music Director Designate of San Francisco Opera (her tenure as music director begins August 1, 2021). She made her highly-anticipated Company debut conducting Rusalka in 2019. She made her American debut in 2017 leading La Traviata with Houston Grand Opera and was named the company’s Principal Guest Conductor. The conductor's North American breakthrough continued in 2018 with an acclaimed performance of Verdi’s Requiem at the Cincinnati May Festival.
In the 2019–20 Season, Kim leads concerts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, L'Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseilles and the symphony orchestras of San Diego, Cincinatti, Oregon and Seattle. She continues a series of important operatic debuts with the company premiere of Roberto Devereux at LA Opera and The Magic Flute with Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center. She will also return to Houston Grand Opera to lead Salome.
Kim's recent engagements include a new production of Die Fledermaus with English National Opera; Carmen at Opernhaus Zürich; Hänsel und Gretel, Carmen and Fledermaus at Volksoper Wien; Il Viaggio a Reims at Teatro Real Madrid; La Traviata at Opéra de Marseilles and La Bohème with Oper Graz. Concert performances comprise appearances with Orchestre de Paris, Beethoven Orchestra Bonn and Stuttgart Philharmonic, as well as orchestras in Madrid, Marseilles, Lille, Nancy, Palermo, Turin, Milwaukee, Calgary and Santiago de Compostela.
Major upcoming debuts include subscription concerts with the New York Philharmonic and productions with the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago.
A regular guest conductor at German opera houses, including Munich's Bavarian State Opera, Stuttgart State Opera, Semperoper Dresden, Opera Cologne and Opera Frankfurt, Kim maintains a particularly close connection with the Berlin State Opera. Her Scandinavian engagements have included the Royal Swedish Opera, Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen and opera houses in Oslo and Bergen, as well as concert appearances with Gothenburg Symphony, Norwegian Radio Orchestra and orchestras in Malmö, Umeå and Aarhus.
Kim studied composition and conducting in her hometown of Seoul before continuing her studies in Stuttgart, where she graduated with distinction. Directly after graduation, she was awarded First Prize in the International Jesús López-Cobos Opera Conducting Competition at the Teatro Real.