Eun Sun Kim
(Seoul, South Korea)
San Francisco Opera Highlights: Conductor, Rusalka; Tosca; Fidelio; Live and In Concert: The Homecoming; Adler Fellows Concert: The Future Is Now
Korean conductor Eun Sun Kim is the Caroline H. Hume Music Director of San Francisco Opera (her tenure as music director began August 1, 2021). She made her highly anticipated Company debut conducting Rusalka in 2019. Her presence in North America was first established with performances of Verdi's Requiem with the Cincinnati Symphony and La Traviata with Houston Grand Opera, with the latter earning her an appointment as Principal Guest Conductor.
Kim's 2020–21 season opened with Concert de Paris, in which she led the Orchestre National de France and Choeur de Radio France at the Eiffel Tower. She subsequently conducts symphony orchestras in Atlanta, Baltimore, Detroit, Madrid, Montreal and Vancouver. Her upcoming operatic debuts include Tosca at Lyric Opera of Chicago and La Bohème at the Vienna State Opera. She also returns to the Bavarian State Opera for La Bohème and Berlin State Opera for La Traviata.
Kim's recent engagements include her Metropolitan Opera debut, conducting La Bohème, and with LA Opera, Washington National Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Oregon Symphony, Seattle Symphony and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
A regular guest conductor at European opera houses, Kim maintains a particularly close connection with the Berlin State Opera (La Traviata, Ariadne auf Naxos, Madama Butterfly, Un Ballo in Maschera, Il Trovatore). She has also led production at the Bavarian State Opera (Hänsel und Gretel), Stuttgart State Opera (Madama Butterfly), Semperoper Dresden (Rigoletto), Cologne Opera (Lucia di Lammermoor) and Frankfurt Opera (La Sonnambula, The Count of Luxembourg, La Bohème, Die Csárdásfürstin, Der Fliegende Höllander). Her Scandinavian engagements have taken place at the Royal Swedish Opera (Madama Butterfly, Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Copenhagen's Royal Danish Opera (Il Trovatore) and opera houses in Oslo (Carmen) and Bergen (Madama Butterfly, Der Fliegende Höllander), as well as concert appearances with Gothenburg Symphony, Norwegian Radio Orchestra and orchestras in Malmö, Umeå and Aarhus.
Kim's other recent assignments have included a new production of Die Fledermaus with English National Opera; Carmen at Opernhaus Zürich; Hänsel und Gretel, Carmen and Fledermaus at Volksoper Wien; Il Viaggio a Reims at Madrid's Teatro Real; La Traviata at Opéra de Marseilles 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, Marseilles, Munich, Lille, Nancy, Palermo, Turin, Milwaukee, Calgary and Santiago de Compostela.
Kim studied composition and conducting in her hometown of Seoul before continuing her studies in Stuttgart, where she graduated with distinction. Directly after graduation, she was awarded First Prize in the International Jesús López-Cobos Opera Conducting Competition at the Teatro Real.