Yeree Suh



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Isang Yun,  Reak
Isang Yun,  Engel in Flammen, Memento für Orchester mit Epilog für Sopran, Frauenchor und fünf Instrumente (1994)
Luca Marenzio,  Crudele acerba, inessorabil morte Libro non de Madrigali
Nicola Vincentino,  Laura che'il verde lauro
Luigi Nono,  Il canti sospeso

Yeree Suh, soprano
Robin Tritschler, tenor
Jenny Carlstedt, mezzo-soprano
Hessischer Rundfunk, hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt hr
Peter Rundel, conductor


Yeree Suh delights audiences and critics 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 Innsbruck Festival 2003 and her appearances at the Berlin Staatsoper and Theater an der Wien, the Korean singer has regularly worked with early music conductors such as Philippe Herreweghe, Ton Koopman, Andrea Marcon, Jean-Christophe Spinosi and Masaaki Suzuki and with ensembles such as Anima Eterna, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Venice Baroque Orchestra and 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 Beijing Festival in 2010 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 Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, 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. Further she performed in the premiere of Rihm’s Drei Frauen at the Theater Basel (direction: Georges Delnon). Highlights of her repertoire also 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, she recently performed songs by Anton Webern with phenomenal success.

The multi-faceted singer has appeared in concert and opera at festivals and venues including the Lucerne Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, Tongyeong International Music Festival, Vienna Konzerthaus, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Philharmonie Paris, Barbican Centre in London, Theater Basel and the Lincoln Center in New York. At the Musikfest Berlin she performed Schoenberg’s Die Jakobsleiter under Ingo Metzmacher; she has also given multiple performances of Orff’s Carmina Burana with Yannick Nézet-Séguin as well as with Jos van Immerseel, who has a close artistic relationship to the singer as conductor as well as accompanist – their Schubertiade performance as well as Carmina Burana has been released on CD.

Her discography started in 2008 with her celebrated debut CD Musik der Hamburger Pfeffersäcke with the Elbipolis Barockorchester Hamburg. This was followed by recordings of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas under Leonardo Garcia Alarkon (where she took the role of Belinda), works by Judith Bingham, Handel’s Dixit Dominus under Pierre Cao, Resphighi’s Lauda per la Natività del Signore with the Rundfunkchor Berlin, Bach’s Easter Oratorio and Cantata for Solo Soprano BWV 52 as well as selected cantatas performed under Sigiswald Kuijken.

Yeree Suh opens the season in September 2017 with Toshio Hosokawa’s Klage under Shiyeon Sung at the Musikfest Berlin. She will then continue her collaboration with Jos van Immerseel and Anima Eterna, performing Strauss’ Four Last Songs and songs by Gershwin, as well as at the Alte Oper Frankfurt with Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy and Symphony No. 9. Finally, she will appear across the Atlantic as a guest soloist in Calgary, Canada at the end of the season.

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 currently lives in Berlin.

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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
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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
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Contemporary 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)
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