Karah Son graduated in Voice at the Yonsei University in
Seoul, her native town. She then completed her musical education graduating
from the Vivaldi Music Conservatory in Novara (Italy) and attending the Academy
of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan under the guidance of Mirella Freni.
She distinguished herself in numerous international
competitions: first prize at the national competition organized by Korea
Joongang Daily, one of South Korea's most important newspapers, in Seoul; first
prize at the "Vissi D'Arte" international competition in Milan;
Special Soroptimist Prize at the G.B. Viotti international competition in
Vercelli (Italy); Premio Extraordinario at the Francisco Viñas international
competition in Barcelona; second prize at the Opéra de Marseille international
competition. In 2007, she also won the prestigious Nicolai Ghiaurov
She made her debut in 1997 singing Contessa in Le Nozze
di Figaro at the National Theater in Seoul. She has since performed Zerlina
in Don Giovanni at the Teatro S. Lorenzo in Milan; Mimì in La Bohème
at the Teatro Cristallo in Bergamo, in Milan and at the Teatro Lirico in
Cagliari; Liù in Turandot at the Teatro Filarmonico in Verona, at the
Teatro Comunale in Bologna, in Nancy and the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in
Her concert appearances include participations at the Young
Musicians Concert held at the National Theater in Sejong (Seoul) and sponsored
by the The Chosun Ilbo (lit. Korea Daily News), the Concerto per la Poesia at
the Vignola Festival and the Festa della Musica in Modena (Italy).
Ms. Son recently sang: Zandonai's Francesca da Rimini
at the Opéra in Monte-Carlo; Madama Butterfly and Aida in
Korea; Aida in Halle; Madama Butterfly in Tampere,
Leipzig, Warsaw, Berlin (Deutsche Oper), Goteborg and Turin. Ms. Son recently
performed series of concerts at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig.
Future plans include Madama Butterfly in Leipzig,
Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Warsaw, Stuttgart and Helsinki.