Yeree Suh



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Her voice has a rich palette of expression between velvety soft mezzo and shimmering metallic highs, paired with a fine sense of soft dynamics.
Silvia Adler, Volksblatt, 13.10.2018

Yeree Suh delights audiences and critics alike with her radiant yet nuanced soprano voice, and has become internationally renowned as an interpreter of 17th and 18th century repertoire as well as of contemporary music.

Since her debut as Ninfa in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo under René Jacobs at the 2003 Innsbruck Festival and appearances at the Berlin Staatsoper and Theater an der Wien, the Korean singer has worked with early music conductors such as Philippe Herreweghe, Ton Koopman, Andrea Marcon, Jean-Christophe Spinosi and Masaaki Suzuki, and ensembles such as Anima Eterna, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, the Venice Baroque Orchestra and the Finnish Baroque Orchestra. She took the part of Mademoiselle Silberklang in Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor on tour with the Concerto Köln under Harald Schmidt, and debuted at the 2010 Beijing Festival as Semele.

With her extraordinary voice control and clear timbre, the soprano is also a prominent interpreter of 20th and 21st century music. Under the direction of Kent Nagano with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Yeree Suh gave the European premiere of Matthias Pintscher’s with lilies white. She has also performed George Benjamin’s A Mind of Winter with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra under Paavo Järvi, Unsuk Chin’s Akrostichon-Wortspiel with the Nieuw Ensemble Amsterdam, Wolfgang Rihm’s Mnemosyne with the Scharoun Ensemble of the Berlin Philharmonic and Ligeti’s Mysteries of the Macabre with the Ensemble Intercontemporain under Susanna Mälkki. She also performed in the premiere of Rihm’s Drei Frauen at the Theater Basel (direction: Georges Delnon). Highlights of her repertoire include works by Pierre Boulez, including Le soleil des eaux, which she performed with Pablo Heras-Casado and Peter Eötvös; Pli selon pli, with Jonathan Nott and Thierry Fischer; and Le Visage Nuptial, with Cornelius Meister.

As part of the 40th anniversary celebrations of the Ensemble Intercontemporain under Matthias Pintscher in 2016, the Berlin-based singer performed songs by Anton Webern with phenomenal success. In 2015 she sang Carmina Burana under Yannick Nézet-Séguin in Dortmund. In September 2017 she returned to the Musikfest Berlin with Toshio Hosokawa’s Klage under Shiyeon Sung, having given her debut at the festival in 2015 with Schoenberg’s Die Jakobsleiter under Ingo Metzmacher. A further high point of her 2017/18 season was Mahler’s 4th Symphony with the Concertgebouw Orchestra under Daniele Gatti in Seoul. Collaborating with the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra under Michael Sanderling, she interpreted Brahms' German Requiem in Lucerne and Tongyeong in 2019. During the same year she was also a guest at the Salzburg Festival with the SWR Symphony Orchestra and under Peter Rundel with Luigi Nono's Il canto sospeso, as well as with the Bochum Symphony Orchestra and Steven Sloane at the Ruhrtriennale in a new production of Kornél Mundruczó based on Ligeti's Requiem.

Yeree Suh has a close relationship with Jos van Immerseel, who has worked with the singer as a conductor and accompanist – their Schubertiade performance as well as Carmina Burana has been released on CD. Her discography began in 2008 with her celebrated CD Musik der Hamburger Pfeffersäcke with the Elbipolis Barockorchester Hamburg. This was followed by recordings of works by composers included Purcell, Handel, Bach and Respighi, as well as contemporary works by Judith Bingham and Michael Jarrell.

She started the unusual 2020/21 season at the Konzerthaus Blaibach with Beethoven's 9th Symphony, where she will also perform a recital in July 2021. Before that, she will sing at the Zeitströme Darmstadt, and then Haydn’s Creation with Jordi Savall and Le Concert des Nations. On Good Friday she will also perform Bach's St Matthew Passion with the Dresdner Kreuzchor.

Yeree Suh studied at the Seoul National University, Universtät der Künste Berlin with Harald Stamm, in Leipzig with Regina Werner-Dietrich and at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis with Gerd Türk. She is professor at the Akademie für Tonkunst – University of Cooperative Education in Darmstadt.

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Season 2020/21

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The soloists also provided highlights. With theatrical impetus, Yeree Suh gave full life to the soprano role of Merab (especially impressive in the aria "Author of Peace," accompanied only by the continuo).
Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Susanne Benda, 26.10.2020 - On Handel's Oratorio "Saul"

Soprano Yeree Suh, confident in all registers up to "high C" and bold in her style, mastered all classical and modern singing and articulation techniques and knew how to shine gesturally and mimically.
Westdeutsche Zeitung, Hartmut Sassenhausen, 03.03.2019, ‚Songs against Reason‘ in Waldfrieden.

The solo event of the evening manifested itself in the "Et incarnatus est" of the mass, sung by the Korean soprano Yeree Suh. Her voice has a rich palette of expressions - between velvety-soft mezzo and whirring-metallic highs, coupled with a fine flair for soft dynamics.
VOLKSBLATT, Paul Stepanek, 13 October 2018 on Mozart's "Great Mass" in C minor KV 427

Soprano Yeree Suh sang the extreme vocal part with effortless purity, expertly accompanied by the Philharmonia soloists and conductor Pascal Rophé.
FINCANCIAL TIMES, Richard Fairman, 03 March 2017 on "Teile dich Nacht" by Isang Yun

The quality of soprano Yeree Suh's voice is perfect for this piece, her singing lucid and unambiguous: it is hard to imagine it could ever be sung better than this. It is a truly remarkable tribute to Boulez’s work.
THE WEE REVIEW, Robert Dow, 13 August 2016 on "Pli selon Pli" by Pierre Boulez

The opening sequence of ‘Cour d’amours’ is among the tenderest and most affecting on record, Yeree Suh’s soprano floating high notes with seraphic ease and a welcome absence of operatic rhetoric. The choral singing throughout combines precision with exuberance. For its palate-tingling revelations and suffusing musicality, this would now be my Carmina of first reference.
CLASSICAL-MUSIC.COM, Thierry Blain, 08 June 2015, on the CD "Carmina Burana", recorded with Anima Eterna Brugge under Jos van Immerseel

The blend between her pure, leaping soprano and the timbres of plucked, bowed, and struck instruments created worlds of exquisitely sensuous enchantment.
THE INDEPENDENT,  Michael Church, 23 March 2015 on "Pli selon Pli" by Pierre Boulez

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Concert Repertoire

BWV 19
BWV 21
BWV 39
BWV 47
BWV 51 Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen
BWV 52
BWV 68
BWV 74
BWV 80 Eine feste Burg ist unser Gott

Opera Repertoire

L. van BEETHOVEN Fidelio Marzelline **
A. BOITO Mefistopfele Margherita *c
A. CAMPRA Orfeo nell' inferi Euridice, L'Ombre
G. DONIZETTI Don Pasquale Norina **
A. DRAGHI La Lira d'Orfeo Euridice, Lisida, Amor
J. ECCLES Semele Semele, Ino
CH. W. GLUCK Orfeo ed Euridice Amor *c
C. H. GRAUN Montezuma Eupaforice
G. F. HÄNDEL Rinaldo Almirena
Acis and Galatea Galatea

Modern Repertoire

DOMINICK ARGENTO Six Elizabethan songs (For High Voice and Piano)
SAMUEL BARBER Hermit Songs, op. 29
GEORGE BENJAMIN A Mind of Winter (1981)
LUCIANO BERIO Sequenza III (1965)
JUDITH BINGHAM The shadow side of Joy Finzi (For Soprano and Piano)
The Cathedral of Trees (a cappella)
My Father's Arms (For Soprano and String Quartet)
PIERRE BOULEZ Pli selon pli (Don, Improvisation I, II, III, Tombeau) (1957-62)
Le Soleil des Eaux (pour soprano, chœur mixte et orchestre) (1947)
Le Visage Nuptial (1946)
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Schubertiade: Du holde Kunst, ich danke dir

Yeree Suh, Thomas E. Bauer, Anima Eterna Brugge, Jos van Immerseel
alpha classics / outhere music (2015)


Respighi: Lauda per la Nativita del Signore

Yeree Suh, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Polyphonia Ensemble Berlin, Maris Sirmais, Nicolas Fink
Carus, 2015, 8310165

Orff_Carmina Burana

Orff: Carmina Burana

Yeree Suh, Thomas E. Bauer, Collegium Vocale Gent, Anima Eterna Brugge, Cantate Domino, Jos van Immerseel
ZigZag, 2014, 6014866

Tinoco_Round Time

Tinoco: Round Time

Yeree Suh, Orchestre de la Fondation Gulbenkian, David Alan Miller
Naxos, 2013, 3565302

Grammont Selection 6

Grammont Selection 6: Schweizer Uraufführungen aus dem Jahr 2012

Yeree Suh, Merel Quartett, Arditti Quartett, Ensemble Contrechamps, Swiss Chamber Soloists, Namascae Lemanic Modern Ensemble, Musikkollegium Winterthur, Collegium Novum Zürich, Ensemble Contemporain de l'HEMU, Basel Sinfonietta, Pascal Rophe, Jonathan Stockhammer, William Blank, Douglas Boyd, Mark Foster
MGB, 2013, 2888897


Bach: Kantaten BWV 54, 134, 168, 186

Yeree Suh, La Petite Bande, Sigiswald Kuijken
Accent, 2013, 2908917


Bach: Kantaten BWV 52, 60, 116, 140

Yeree Suh, La Petite Bande, Sigiswald Kuijken
Accent, 2012, 3108412


Bach: Osteroratorium BWV 249

Yeree Suh, La Petite Bande, Sigiswald Kuijken
Accent, 2011, 1145916


Landscapes, real and imagined: Chamber works by Judith Bingham

Yeree Suh, Chamber Domaine, Thomas Kemp
resonus, 2011, RES10102

Dido and Aeneas

Purcell: Dido and Aeneas

Yeree Suh (Belinda), La Nouvelle Ménestrandie & Cappella Mediterranea, Leonardo García Alarcón
Ambronay, 2010


Telemann/Händel: Dixit Dominus

Yeree Suh, Arsys Bourgogne, Harmonie Universelle, Pierre Cao
Eloquentia, 2009

Hamburger Pfeffersäcke

Musik der Hamburger Pfeffersäcke

Yeree Suh, Elbipolis Barockorchester Hamburg
Raumklang, 2008, 3531627

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