(Seoul, South Korea)
2016–17 Season: Lady Wang in Dream of the Red Chamber
Making her San Francisco Opera debut, mezzo-soprano Hyona Kim was a finalist in the 2010 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and, in 2013, the Grand Winner of the Joy in Singing Competition which subsequently led to a recital performance at New York’s Merkin Concert Hall. She was also a First Prize winner of the Gerda Lissner Competition and a multiple grant winner at the Licia Albanese-Puccini and Giulio Gari Competitions. Kim earned her master’s degree and professional studies diploma from Mannes College of Music in New York City. During her time at Mannes Opera, she performed Dorabella in Così fan tutte, Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Annina in La Traviata. In 2012, Kim made her Houston Grand Opera debut originating the role of Hal-Mo-Ni (Grandmother) in Jeeyoung Kim’s From My Mother’s Mother at HGOco. She recently sang Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 with New York City’s Ensemble 212. Upcoming performances include Su Lian Tan’s Lotus Lives at Tufts University.