“Remember this name: Eun Sun Kim. She’s a brilliant rising star in the conducting world. A maestra to watch…”
Following her sensational debut with La traviata at Houston Grand Opera, Eun Sun Kim was named the company’s first Principal Guest Conductor in twenty-five years. Her critically acclaimed performances of Verdi’s Requiem with the Cincinnati Symphony and a new production of Rusalka at San Francisco Opera have furthered her presence in North America, with the latter earning praise from the San Francisco Chronicle as “a company debut of astonishing vibrancy and assurance” with “magnificent musical values on display from top to bottom.”
In the 2019/20 season, Ms. Kim leads concerts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, Cincinnati Symphony, L’orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille, and the symphony orchestras of San Diego, Oregon, and Seattle. Continuing a series of important operatic debuts, she conducts the company premiere of Roberto Devereux at Los Angeles Opera and The Magic Flute at Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center. She returns to the Berlin Staatsoper for Tosca and leads Salome in her triumphant return to Houston Grand Opera, where The New York Times pronounced her “a major star…with great sensitivity and flexibility.” Deeply committed to developing the next generation of aspiring musicians, Ms. Kim also conducts the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks for the ARD Musikwettbewerb Prize Winners Concert and the San Francisco Opera Adler Fellows Concert.
In addition to her growing North American presence, Ms. Kim is a regular guest conductor at many important European opera houses. She maintains a particularly close connection with the Staatsoper Berlin, where she has recently conducted successful productions of La traviata, Ariadne auf Naxos, Madama Butterfly, Un ballo in maschera, and Il trovatore. She has appeared consistently at opera houses across Germany, leading productions of Hänsel und Gretel at Bayerische Staatsoper, Madama Butterfly at Stuttgart Opera, Rigoletto at Semperoper Dresden, and a new production of Lucia di Lammermoor at Oper Köln. She has been frequently engaged by Oper Frankfurt, where she celebrated successes with La Sonnambula, The Count of Luxembourg, La bohème, Die Csárdásfürstin, and Der Fliegende Höllander.
Ms. Kim established herself in Scandinavia with a successful debut at the Royal Swedish Opera in Madama Butterfly, returning there to conduct Il barbiere di Siviglia. Her performances of Il trovatore at Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen, Carmen in Oslo, and Madama Butterfly and Der Fliegende Höllander in Bergen have been complemented by concert appearances with Gothenburg Symphony and Norwegian Radio Orchestra, as well as orchestras in Malmö, Umeå, and Aarhus.
Ms. Kim’s recent engagements have also included a new production of Die Fledermaus with English National Opera, Carmen at Opernhaus Zürich, Hänsel und Gretel, Carmen, and Die Fledermaus at Volksoper Wien, Il viaggio a Reims at Teatro Real Madrid, La traviata at Opéra de Marseille, 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, Marseille, Lille, Nancy, Palermo, Turin, Milwaukee, Calgary, and Santiago de Compostela.
Ms. Kim studied composition and conducting in her hometown of Seoul, South Korea, before continuing her studies in Stuttgart, where she graduated with distinction. Directly after graduation, she was awarded the First Prize in the International Jesús López Cobos Opera Conducting Competition at the Teatro Real Madrid.