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Newcastle Music Festival: Hyeseoung Kwon Recital
19 August @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm AEST
Hyeseoung Kwon (soprano), Peta Dries (violin), Claire Howard Race (piano)
- STRAUSS – Zueignung, Op 10, No 1
- STRAUSS – Nacht, Op 10, No 3
- STRAUSS – Cäcilie, Op 27, No 2
- PUCCINI – Vissi d’arte [Tosca]
- WHITEACRE – Five Hebrew Love Songs for voice, violin & piano
- ARDITI – Serenata
- ARDITI – Ideale
- ARDITI – Preghiera
- ARDITI – Il bacio
- VERDI – Pace pace [La Forza del Destino]
Hyeseoung graduated from Seoul’s Han-Yang University with a Bachelor of Vocal Music, and obtained a diploma in opera performance with high distinction at the Conservatorium of Milan and the Vercelli Academy in Italy. Under the baton of Maestro Riccardo Chailly and Romano Gandolfi, she performed in concerts in Milan and throughout Italy in Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle, Poulenc’sGloria, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Rossini’s Stabat Mater.
Since relocating to Australia, Hyeseoung has performed many of the major lyric soprano roles with Opera Australia including Mimi La Bohème also for Opera Australia Tour, Liù Turandot, Pamina The Magic Flute, Countess The Marriage of Figaro, Fiordiligi Così fan tutte, Donna Anna Don Giovanni, Nannetta Falstaff, Giulietta I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Konstanze Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Alcina and Oberto Alcina, Siren Rinaldo, Genovieffa Suor Angelica, Lauretta Gianni Schicchi, Leila The Pearlfishers, Frasquita and Micaela Carmen, Dorinda Orlando, Heavenly Being 1 and Soprano SoloThe Pilgrim’s Progress, as well as special performances as Micaela for Opera Australia in Taipei. She has also performed Zerlina Don Giovanni and Liù for Opera Queensland.
Hyeseoung has been a soloist for Carmina Burana with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Missa Solemnis with Sydney Philharmonia, Opera in the Vineyards, Stanthorpe, and Mozart’s Requiem in addition to numerous concerts and recitals in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Canberra.
Recent engagements have included performing the roles of Cio-Cio-San Madama Butterfly, Freia Das Rheingold and Helmwige Die Walküre for Opera Australia, and Mimi La Bohème on tour with Opera Queensland. In 2015 Hyeseoung makes her UK debut in the role of Cio-Cio-San for Raymond Gubbay Productions at the Royal Albert Hall in London, and returns to both Opera Australia as Cio-Cio-San and Liù, and to Opera Queensland as Mimi.
Hyeseoung was the winner of the Australian Singing Competition’s prestigious Opera Award and the MBS Young Performers Award in 2002. She was nominated for Helpmann (Micaela) and Greenroom Awards in 2008 and 2009.