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Hei-Kyung Hong

  • Soprano


The beautiful Korean-American soprano Hei-Kyung Hong is at the height of a career that has taken her to many of the world’s operatic capitals in an enormous variety of roles ranging from baroque to contemporary works. Following a remarkably successful debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 1984 (as Servilia in La clemenza di Tito, conducted by James Levine) she has gone on to sing nearly 200 performances at the Met, including the great Mozart roles Ilia, Pamina, Despina, Zerlina and both the Countess and Susanna; Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare; Puccini’s Mimì, Liù, and Lauretta; Gilda in Rigoletto (opposite Luciano Pavarotti), Gounod’s Juliette, and many others, including Rosina in John Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles, Eva in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and Freia in Das Rheingold, again under James Levine. Several of these performances were either broadcast on the Live from the Met series on PBS or were recorded for DVD and are available on the Deutsche Grammophon label.