In 2019, outstanding soprano Eva Kong sang the title role in Opera Australia’s touring production of Madama Butterfly and made her début as Violetta (La traviata) in Seoul, South Korea; she also appeared as soprano soloist in Iris dévoilée for Sydney Symphony and sang Kumudha in A Flowering Tree for Opera Queensland. She returns to the national company in 2021 as Woglinde in their new production of Der Ring des Nibelungen.
For Opera Australia in 2017/2018, she appeared in The Nose, Parsifal and Great Opera Hits and sang Madame Mao in The Nixon Tapes for the Sydney Opera House Trust; she also sang La Charmeuse in Thaïs and took the sopranos solos in Carmina Burana for the Melbourne Symphony and sang Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) for Opera Queensland.
Eva’s engagements for 2015/2016 included Donna Anna, Laura in Luisa Miller, Princess Linetta in The Love for Three Oranges, Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro and Giannetta in L’elisir d’amore for Opera Australia. Her performance as Laura earned her a Green Room Award. She also sang Liù in Turandot and the High Priestess in Aida for Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour.
Born in Korea and now based in Sydney, 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.