Eun Sun Kim studied composition and conducting in her hometown of Seoul, South Korea, before continuing her studies in Stuttgart. Since 2021, she has been Music Director of San Francisco Opera. In San Francisco Opera’s centennial season, she leads the world premiere of John Adams’ Antony and Cleopatra, as well as productions of La traviata, Madame Butterfly, and Dialogues of the Carmelites. She continues a series of important operatic debuts with La bohème at Teatro alla Scala, Milan, and returns to Wiener Staatsoper to conduct that same work.
At the Dutch National Opera she will conduct Verdi´s Messa da Requiem. Eun Sun Kim has enjoyed recent North American successes at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Los Angeles Opera, Washington National Opera, and Houston Grand Opera (where she has been First Guest Conductor since 2019). Her debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic was quickly followed by other engagements with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Toronto Symphony, and Seattle Symphony, and her return to Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. In addition to her growing North American presence, she is a regular guest conductor at many important European opera houses, including the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin, where she has recently conducted La traviata, Ariadne auf Naxos, Madama Butterfly, Un ballo in maschera, and Il trovatore. She has been frequently invited at the Bayerische in Munich, Stuttgart Staatsoper, Dresden Semperoper, the Royal Swedish Opera, Opera den Norske Oslo, Opernhaus Zürich, Frankfurt Opera.
She has conducted many symphony concerts with, among others, the teatro alla Scala Orchestra, the Paris Orchestra, Orchestre National France, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Stuttgart Philharmoniker, as well as orchestras in Madrid, Lille, Nancy, Palermo, Turin.
Paris Opera debut
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