Park sings Amina in La Sonnambula for the Met+Juilliard this season
is a born performer. The South Korean lyric coloratura established herself as an artist to watch with her New York debut in November 2014, as the flirtatious Fiorilla in Il Turco in Italia at the Juilliard School. Park sparkled with the authority of a veteran comedienne, despite her relative lack of stage experience. Fiorilla’s Act I cavatina, “Non si dà follia maggiore,” was delivered with a knockout combination of charm, self-assurance and biting wit. OPERA NEWS’s David J. Baker wrote that Park’s “solid, refined fioritura delivery was matched by glamour, temperament and, above all, an ability to put bel canto splendor to expressive use.”
Park’s fearless performing style has won her prizes in the Opera Index Competition in New York and the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium. In June 2015, she took home second prize plus the Radio-Canada People’s Choice Award in the Montreal International Music Competition. The following month, Park competed in champion style at Operalia, winning second prize in the general competition with her fluid performance of the mad scene from Lucia di Lammermoor — and looking completely at home on the stage of Covent Garden. She also scored top honors in the Operalia zarzuela competition for her neatly turned comic delivery of “No sé qué siento aquí,” a tipsy waltz from Caballero’s Cháteau Margaux.
Still only twenty-six, Park returns this season to Juilliard, where she will continue her training as part of the Artist Diploma in Opera Studies program.
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