Since her European stage debut in the year 2000, South Korean soprano Sunhae Im – who studied at the Seoul National University under the guidance of Lokyung Pak and at the University of Karlsruhe under Roland Hermann – has proven her artistic versatility in a multitude of international productions. She has been a guest at the Berliner Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Oper Frankfurt, Staatsoper Hamburg, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opéra National de Paris (Euridice in Christoph Willibald Gluck’s “Orfeo” under Thomas Hengelbrock), Staatstheater Stuttgart (Ilia in “Idomeneo” and Susanna in “Le nozze di Figaro” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Constance in Francis Poulenc’s “Dialogues des Carmélites” under Manfred Honeck), Korean National Opera (Adina in Gaetano Donizetti’s “L’elisir d’amore” and Ilia under Myung-Whun Chung), Palace of Arts (Zerlina in “Don Giovanni” under Iván Fischer), and Theater an der Wien (Mozart’s “La finta giardiniera”).
Sunhae Im has been invited to renowned festivals such as the Edinburgh International Festival, Mostly Mozart Festival New York, Salzburg Festival, or Haydn International Festival and has worked with the New York Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, the orchestra de chamber de Paris, or the Munich Philharmonic. She is a regular guest at the Beaune Festival and appeared at the Verbier Festival as well as at the Festwochen für Alte Musik Innsbruck.
She has worked with conductors such as Philippe Herreweghe, Manfred Honeck, William Christie, Fabio Biondi, Thomas Hengelbrock, Herbert Blomstedt, Frans Brüggen, Giovanni Antonini, Iván Fischer, Kent Nagano, Riccardo Chailly, Lothar Zagrosek, Sylvain Cambreling, Ton Koopman, Marek Janowski, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Matthew Halls and René Jacobs.
She has also close ties to the ensembles of the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, B’Rock Orchestra Gent, and Ensemble Matheus.
Her repertoire includes works by Vivaldi, Bach, Handel, Gluck, Rameau, Charpentier, Mozart, Haydn, Schubert, Mahler and Mendelssohn.
Many of her recordings have been internationally awarded, eg “Orlando”, “St. Matthew’s Passion”, “Agrippina”, Fauré’s “Requiem” or Mahler’s Symphony No. 4.
As of June 2017