A native of South Korea, So Young Park thrills audiences with her “stunning” (LA Times) and “dead-accurate” (New York Times) voice. She performs internationally throughout the United States, Canada, Asia, and Europe and in many of the greatest venues: Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Dorothy Chandler Pavillion, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Seoul Olympic Stadium, and Jordan Hall. During the 17-18 season, Ms. Park joins the roster of the Metropolitan Opera to cover the role of Le Fée in Massenet’s Cendrillon, makes her debut with the LA Master Chorale as the Soprano Soloist in Orff's Carmina Burana , and returns to the LA Philharmonic as Soprano Soloist in Esa-Pekka Salonen's Wing on Wing with Salonen as the conductor and to Michigan Opera Theatre reprising the role of Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto.
Her unique and flexible voice allows her to tackle many of opera’s most challenging soprano roles. Opera News described her signature role of the Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute as "darker and more colorful than that of the leggieros who usually take the role: the voice’s weight was a reminder that the Queen has urgent matters to impart before she lets loose with her fireworks. Park’s coloratura was dazzling in runs and arpeggio." She has performed the Queen with Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera (Miller Theater), the Glimmerglass Festival, Michigan Opera Theatre, Opera Colorado, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Baroque, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Aspen Music Festival, and New England Conservatory.
Opera News praised her interpretation as Zerbinetta in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos with Opera Theatre of St. Louis as “always compelling vocally and dramatically-funny and flitry, loose with the character and strict with the music.” The St. Louis-Dispatch felt she made Zerbinetta’s “endless coloratura sound effortless.” She had recent success as a “dazzling” (LA Times) Blondchen in Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio.
On the concert and recital stages, Maestro Plácido Domingo invited Ms. Park to perform alongside him as a soloist for his concert at the Seoul Olympic Gymnasium, South Korea. Also, she made her Los Angeles Philharmonic debut as Soprano Soloist in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy under the baton of Maestro Gustavo Dudamel.
During the 16/17 season, she joined roster of the San Francisco Opera to cover the lead role of Dai Yu in their World Premiere of Bright Sheng’s Dream of the Red Chamber; returned to the LA Opera as Blondchen in Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio and as Daughter of Akhnaten in Glass’ Akhnaten and to Le Salon de Musiques for a program of Strauss Lieder; debuts with Opera Naples as the Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute, Opera Las Vegas reprising the role of Gilda in Rigoletto and the New West Symphony as the Soprano Soloist in Poulenc’s Gloria.
Ms. Park trained as a Los Angeles Opera Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist. During her two years with LA Opera, she performed the roles of The Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute, Gossip in The Ghosts of Versailles (2-time GRAMMY Award-winning recording on PENTATONE), Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro, and Pat Nixon in the Music Center’s 50th Anniversary Concert. In addition to her recording on LA Opera's The Ghosts of Versailles, Maestro Plàcido Domingo featured Ms. Park as a soloist on his recent Christmas album, My Christmas, recorded under Sony Classics at the world famous Capitol Records Studios.
Ms. Park earned her Artist Diploma and Master’s Degree from the New England Conservatory, where she performed Lisetta in the world premiere of the critical edition of Rossini’s La Gazzetta, Adele in Die Fledermaus, and Amore in Orfeo ed Euridice. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance from Seoul National University, where she graduated first in her class and performed the roles of Violetta in La Traviata and Gilda in Rigoletto.
updated March 2018