Outstanding Korean/Australian soprano Eva Kong’s most recent appearances include the title role in Manon for Korea National Opera, The Countess in Le nozze di Figaro and Kumudha in A Flowering Tree for Opera Queensland, her début as Violetta (La traviata) in Seoul, South Korea; she also took the soprano solos in Iris dévoilée for Sydney Symphony. In 2023, she sings the title role in Madama Butterfly for Opera Australia and Britten’s War Requiem for Brisbane Chorale.
For the national company, Eva has sung Donna Anna in Don Gioavnni, Laura in Luisa Miller, Princess Linetta in The Love for Three Oranges, Giannetta in L’elisir d’amore. Her performance as Laura earned her a Green Room Award. She sang Liù in Turandot and the High Priestess in Aida for Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, Madame Mao in The Nixon Tapes for the Sydney Opera Hose Trust, La Charmeuse in Thaïs and the sopranos solos in Carmina Burana for the Melbourne Symphony and Donna Anna for Opera Queensland.
Born in Korea and now based in Brisbane, Eva attained her Bachelor of Music at Hanyang University, South Korea – continuing her studies at Sydney Conservatorium of Music with a Graduate Diploma in Music in 2010.
Eva has been the recipient of many awards including 1st prize in the Giacomo Lauri-Volpi International Competition (2002); Scholarship from the Vinas International Competition (2005); a semi-finalist in the Belvedere International Competition (2004) and Bilbao International Competition (2005), a finalist in the McDonald’s Operatic Aria and winner of the Special Prize at the Bel Canto Award (2011).
Eva received a Helpmann Award Nomination for Best Female in a Supporting Role and was a Green Room Award Winner for Best Female in a Supporting Role – both in 2014 for her commanding appearance as Madame Mao in Nixon in China for Victorian Opera.
Other major roles have included Gilda (Rigoletto) for Opera Australia; Pamina (The Magic Flute), Gretel (Hansel & Gretel) and Amina (La sonnambula) for Pacific Opera.
On the concert platform, Eva has sung the soprano solos in Verdi’s Requiem with both Willoughby Symphony and Canberra Symphony Orchestra, Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor with Sydney University Musical Society and Saint Saens’ Requiem with Sydney University Graduate Choir.