Soprano Haeran Hong, named the International Queen Elizabeth Grand Prize winner, has been noted as “charming of form, manner, and voice.” In her very young, yet fast-paced career, she has performed various leading roles including Adina in L’elisir d’amore, Gilda in Rigoletto, and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte. This season, Ms. Hong will perform a Gala Concert at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow and return to The Metropolitan Opera for their production of Werther.
In recent seasons, Ms. Hong sang the title role of Händel’s Semele with Pacific Musicworks in Seattle, made her début in the title role in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor at Opera in Williamsburg, sang Susannah in Le nozze di Figaro at Princeton Festival, and returned to The Met to cover the roles of Olympia in Les contes d’Hoffman, Nannetta in Falstaff, and Sophie in Werther, as well as their production of Die Frau ohne Schatten. Ms. Hong initially joined the Metropolitan Opera roster as Crowned Child in Macbeth and returned shortly thereafter in Robert Lepage’s production of Siegfried; to sing Flower Maiden in Parsifal; and in productions of Dialogues des carmélites and Un ballo in maschera.
With Juilliard Opera, she performed the title role of L’incoronazione di Poppea, Sister Constance in Dialogues des carmélites, Dalinda in Händel’s Ariodante, and Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro. She also sang the role of Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro and covered the role of Seleuce in Händel’s Tolomeo, re d’Egitto as a member of Glimmerglass Opera’s Young American Artists program.
Favorite concert engagements include Händel’s Messiah with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra; a concert of Händel music with Maestro Harry Bicket and the Hong Kong Philharmonic; Bach’s Wass Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan and Brahms’ Neue Liebeslieder Waltzes with the La Jolla Summer Fest; Villa Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 with the Aspen Music Festival; a concert with the Vienna Strauss Festival Orchestra in Korea; plus Rutter’s Mass of the Children and excerpts from Messiah at Carnegie Hall.
Recent international engagements include her début with the International Festival Echternach in Luxembourg, where she performed with the Orchestre Phiharmonique du Luxembourg. She was invited to sing for Queen Paola Foundation’s Annual Christmas Concert in Belgium, returned to Korea for a concert in Seoul with Prime Philharmonic Orchestra and for a production of L’elisir d’amore as Adina with Seoul Metropolitan Opera, and also traveled to Brazil for a series of recitals in such venues as Teatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro and Teatro Cultura Artística in São Paulo.
Ms. Hong was named a Finalist in Plácido Domingo’s Operalia, the World Opera Competition, as well as a National Finalist for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Korean National University of Arts, as well as a Master of Music Degree and Artistic Diploma in Opera Studies from The Juilliard School.