Internationally celebrated Grammy-award winning coloratura soprano, Sumi Jo, returns to Australia this week for a series of unmissable concerts, commending in Adelaide on Sunday 15 July, before performing in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
One of the world’s greatest exponents of bel canto (beautiful singing), Sumi Jo will perform a magnificent program of music from her unsurpassed repertoire, joined on stage for the first time by dashing Argentine-born baritone José Carbó.
With over 50 recordings to her credit Sumi Jo is the highest selling classical singer in the world, and one of the most sought-after sopranos of her generation. Her concerts have delighted audiences globally, including performances at the Summer and Winter Olympics, and for the Pope. Legendary maestro Herbert von Karajan describes Jo as having ‘a voice from above’.
José Carbó, born in Argentina to Spanish and Italian parents, has become one of Australia’s most popular baritones, touring locally and internationally with Opera Australia, Victorian Opera and Los Angeles Opera since 2005. His debut album My Latin Heart debuted at no.1 in the Limelight Magazine Classical charts.
Sumi Jo and José Carbó will ignite Australian stages with renditions of the most passionate pieces from opera and operetta, as well as tango, and traditional folk song from Jo’s native Korea. Her astonishing vocal technique and purity of tone will be matched by an exquisite wardrobe for a night of operatic glamour.
Sumi Jo and José Carbó will be accompanied by one of Australia’s most popular pianists, Guy Noble, in recital in Melbourne (Tuesday17 July), Sydney (Thursday 19 July) and Brisbane (Saturday 21 July), and who will also conduct the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (Sunday 15 July).
Andrew McKinnon, who has brought Sumi Jo to Australia for her two most recent tours, said he is delighted that she has accepted his invitation to return for this passionate new concert series. “I have always loved the art of bel canto and Sumi Jo is one of the greatest interpreters of this thrilling music,” said McKinnon.
“I wanted to pair her with the wonderful Australian singer José Carbó to ensure that this will be an unparalleled night of romance which will live long in the memory of all who attend.”
Mad For Love: Sumi Jo and José Carbó
Festival Theatre – Adelaide Festival Centre, King William Road, Adelaide
Performance: Sunday 15 July 2018 – 5.00pm
Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank Boulevard, Southbank
Performance: Tuesday 17 July 2018 – 7.30pm
City Recital Hall, Angel Place, Sydney
Performance: Thursday 19 July 2018 – 7:30pm
Concert Hall – Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), Cultural Precinct, South Bank
Performance: Saturday 21 July 2018 – 7:30pm
For more information, visit: www.amckinnon.com.au for details.
Image: Sumi Jo (supplied)