SAN FRANCISCO (CelebrityAccess) – The San Francisco Opera has named conductor Eun Sun Kim its new music director making her the first woman to hold the title in the company’s nearly 100-year history.
Kim, 39, succeeds Nicola Luisotti whose nine-year tenure as music director ended in 2018. She will lead the orchestra, chorus and music staff, and conduct concerts as well as up to four productions each season in her initial five-year contract, the company said in a statement.
Born in South Korea, Kim began her career in Europe and made her U.S. debut with the Houston Grand Opera in 2017. Her production of “La Traviata” led to her being named the company’s first principal guest conductor in 25 years. Additionally, she has performed with the Washington National Opera and is slated to perform with the Los Angeles Opera and the Lyric Opera of Chicago, among other companies in the coming year.
“[Eun] leads with great vision on the podium, but also welcomes each and every person into the creative process, inviting them to do their very best work,” said the company’s general director, Matthew Shilvock. “The resulting art is spectacular.
Kim will make her debut with the San Francisco Opera conducting Beethoven’s “Fidelio” when the 2020-21 season opens.