(Seoul, South Korea)
2018–19 Season: Rusalka
Eun Sun Kim makes her highly-anticipated San Francisco Opera debut conducting Rusalka. She made her American debut in 2017 leading La Traviata with Houston Grand Opera and was named the company’s Principal Guest Conductor. The South Korean conductor‘s North American breakthrough continued in 2018 with an acclaimed performance of Verdi’s Requiem at the Cincinnati May Festival.
A regular guest conductor at major European opera houses, Kim maintains a particularly close connection with the Berlin State Opera where she has conducted La Traviata, Ariadne auf Naxos, Madama Butterfly, Un Ballo in Maschera, and Il Trovatore. Other recent highlights include Il Trovatore at Royal Danish Opera; Hänsel und Gretel at Munich‘s Bavarian State Opera; Madama Butterfly at Stuttgart Opera; Carmen at Zurich Opera; Rigoletto at Dresden’s Semperoper; La Sonnambula at Frankfurt Opera, where she has also led Der Graf von Luxembourg, Der Fliegende Holländer and La Bohème; and engagements with Cologne Opera, the Royal Swedish Opera, and Norwegian National Opera.
Her international breakthrough came in 2012 with La Bohème at Frankfurt Opera, followed by a new production of Die Fledermaus with English National Opera, and concerts in Nancy, Palermo, Turin, and Bonn. Kim studied composition and conducting in her hometown of Seoul before continuing her studies in Stuttgart. Immediately after graduation she was awarded First Prize in the International Jesús López Cobos Opera Conducting Competition. Future plans include Salome with Houston Grand Opera and her Washington National Opera debut leading Die Zauberflöte.