We are proud to announce that Eun Sun Kim will be the next Music Director of San Francisco Opera (SFO), beginning her initial 5-year term in the 21/22 season. She becomes Music Director-designate effective immediately.

Following tonight’s concert featuring SFO’s Resident Artists and 2019 Adler Fellows (SFO’s young artist development program), Kim’s next production in San Francisco will be the company’s new production of Fidelio to open the 2020/21 season. As Music Director she will conduct up to four productions per season.

Kim first met SFO in „a company debut of astonishing vibrancy and assurance“ (San Francisco Chronicle) on Rusalka in June 2019. She made her U.S. debut in October 2017, leading a production of La traviata at Houston Grand Opera, and she was subsequently named the company’s first principal guest conductor in 25 years. Last month, she made her Washington National Opera debut and upcoming U.S. company debuts include productions at LA Opera (Feb. 2020), Lyric Opera of Chicago (Feb. 2021), and the Metropolitan Opera (Nov. 2021).

Other guest engagements have brought her to such auspices as Staatsoper Berlin, Bayerische Staatsoper, Oper Frankfurt, Semperoper Dresden, Staatstoper Stuttgart, English National Opera, Opernhaus Zürich, Royal Danish Opera, Royal Swedish Opera, Den Norske Opera Oslo, Macerata Festival, and Volksoper Vienna to name a few.

Alongside her career as an opera conductor, she has developed rapidly on the symphonic stage as well, having had successful engagements with the Orchestre de Paris, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the Stuttgarter Philharmoniker and Beethoven Orchester Bonn, among others. She made her symphonic debut in the USA with the Cincinnati Symphony conducting Verdi´s Requiem, as part of the orchestra’s celebrated May Festival. Elsewhere in America, she has conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Milwaukee Symphony, and she will conduct the Symphony Orchesters of Oregon, San Diego, Seattle and others in the near future, followed by her subscription debut with the New York Philharmonic in the 20/21 season.