South Korean soprano Sunhae Im studied at the Seoul National University under the guidance of Lokyung Pak and at the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe under Roland Hermann. She has proven her artistic versatility in a multitude of international productions. She has been a guest at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Oper Frankfurt, Staatsoper Hamburg, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opéra National de Paris, Staatstheater Stuttgart, Korea National Opera, Palais des Beaux-Arts Brussels, and Theater an der Wien.
Sunhae Im has been invited to renowned festivals such as the Edinburgh International Festival, Mostly Mozart Festival in New York, Salzburger Festspiele, or Haydn-Festival (Brühler Schlosskonzerte). She has worked with the New York Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Naples Philharmoinc, the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, the Orchestre de chambre de Paris, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Münchner Philharmoniker. She is a regular guest at the Festival International Opéra Baroque & Romantique de Beaune and appeared at the Verbier Festival as well as at the Innsbrucker Festwochen für Alte Musik, the Händel-Festspiele Halle, Holland Festival, MITO SettembreMusica and Festival de Pâques in Aix-en-Provence.
She has worked with conductors such as Philippe Herreweghe, Manfred Honeck, William Christie, Fabio Biondi, Thomas Hengelbrock, Herbert Blomstedt, Frans Brüggen, Giovanni Antonini, Iván Fischer, Kent Nagano, Riccardo Chailly, Lothar Zagrosek, Sylvain Cambreling, Ton Koopman, Marek Janowski, Myung-Whun Chung, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Matthew Halls, and René Jacobs. She has also close ties to the ensembles of the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Freiburger Barockorchester, B’Rock Orchestra, Collegium Vocale Gent, Europa Galante, Helsinki Baroque Orchestra, and Ensemble Matheus.
She recently went on tour with Helmut Deutsch in South Korea. Her repertoire includes works by Vivaldi, Bach, Händel, Gluck, Rameau, Charpentier, Mozart, Haydn, Schubert, Mahler, and Mendelssohn.
Highlights of the season 2018/19 include concerts with the Orchester Wiener Akademie at the Vienna Musikverein and at the Brucknerhaus Linz, Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem with the Musikkollegium Winterthur and various tours with the Freiburger Barockorchester and René Jacobs.
Her first solo CD with works by Rameau, Clérambault, Pergolesi and A. Scarlatti recorded with Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin was released for Harmonia Mundi in March 2015. Many of her recordings have been internationally awarded, including Fauré’s Requiem (ECHO Klassik 2012), Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 (ICMA 2012), Händel’s Agrippina (BBC Music Magazine Award 2012). She recorded several Mozart’s operas, Haydn’s Die Schöpfung, and Bach’s Messe in B Minor, Johannes Passion and Matthäus Passion.