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Hyeseoung Kwon

 

Hyeseoung Kwon graduated from Seoul’s Han-Yang University with a Bachelor of Vocal Music in 1995. She moved to Italy to pursue vocal and opera performance studies at the Conservatorium of Milan and the Vercelli Academy during which time she performed with the Orchestra of Milan with conductors Riccardo Chailly and Romano Gandolfi in Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Poulenc’s Gloria, Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 and Rossini’s Stabat Mater.

After relocating to Australia Hyeseoung became a member of Opera Queensland’s Young Artist Program in 2002 and subsequently joined Opera Australia’s Young Artist Program in 2005. She also participated in masterclasses and worked with Joshua Hecht, Dennis O’Neill and Elizabeth Connell.

In 2002, Hyeseoung was the winner of the Australian Singing Competition’s prestigious Opera Award and the MBS Young Performers Award. The following year, she performed the role of Zerlina in Opera Queensland’s production of Don Giovanni to enthusiastic critical acclaim, returning in 2008 to sing Liù in Turandot.

Hyeseoung has performed many of the major lyric soprano roles with Opera Australia including Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Nannetta (Falstaff), Pamina (The Magic Flute), Liù (Turandot), Countess (The Marriage of Figaro), Konstanze (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Oberto and the title role (Alcina), Siren (Rinaldo), Genovieffa (Suor Angelica), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Mimì (La bohème), Léïla (The Pearlfishers), Frasquita and Micaëla (Carmen), Dorinda (Orlando), Giulietta (I Capuleti e i Montecchi ), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Heavenly Being 1 and Soprano Solo (The Pilgrim’s Progress) as well as special performances as Micaëla in Carmen for Opera Australia in Taipei and Mimì in Oz Opera’s tour of La bohème. She has worked with international conductors including Richard Bonynge, Riccardo Chailly, Jonathan Darlington, Richard Hickox and Patrick Summers, and has been a soloist for Opera in the Vineyards, Stanthorpe Queensland, Mozart’s Requiem, Carmina Burana with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Missa Solemnis with Sydney Philharmonia in addition to numerous concerts and recitals in Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and Melbourne.

Hyeseoung was nominated for Helpmann and Greenroom Awards in 2008 and 2009.

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