Hera Hyesang Park | Biography


The young South Korean soprano has recently been attracting the attention of opera houses and concert presenters worldwide.
The 2020/21 season will see her sing Despina (Cosi fan tutte) at the San Francisco Opera, Gretel (Hänsel and Gretel) and Zerlina (Don Giovanni) at the Metropolitan Opera, and again Despina at the Glyndebourne Festival after her standout success there previously as Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia).
Highlights of recent seasons include her role and house debut as Musetta in Barrie Kosky’s new production of La Bohème at the Komische Oper Berlin and her debut at the Bayerische Staatsoper as Despina in Così fan tutte, and her return to the Metropolitan Opera as Amor in Gluck’s Orefeo ed Euridicie. As part of her final year in the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program she sang Barbarina (Le Nozze di Figaro) and Taumännchen in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel. She made her Müncher Rundfunkorchester debut as Aldimira in Rossini’s Sigismondo and sang Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem with St. Thomas Church Concert Series conducted by Music Director Daniel Hyde.
Other recent opera engagements include Ms. Park’s Metropolitan Opera debut as the First Wood Nymph in Dvořák’s Rusalka, her Glyndebourne Festival debut as Najade in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos and Juliette (Roméo et Juliette) with the Korea National Opera in Seoul. She has also appeared in concerts with both the New York Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Opera. Among the distinguished conductors she has worked with are Donald Runnicles, Constantin Trinks and Cornelius Meister.
Ms. Park has received awards from numerous competitions, including the Gerda Lissner Foundation International Competition, the Montreal International Musical Competition and Placido Domingo’s International Operalia competition amongst others.
She graduated from The Juilliard School in New York City with an Artist Diploma in Opera Studies, a prestigious two-year advanced training program, after earning her Master’s degree there in 2015.