Korea’s Divine Diva Sumi Jo live in Manila 


Grammy Award-winning Korean lyric coloratura soprano, Sumi Jo conquered the stage of Meralco Theatre last February 7, 2017 for a charity concert.

Sumi Jo is known for her interpretation of the bel canto repertoire, and was also a recipient of  International Puccini Award, Korean Award for Culture and Arts, “Artist for Peace” of UNESCO, Best Vocal Album by French Cultural Critics, and the Order of Culture Merit of Korea.


The concert started with Sumi Jo’s soothing and moving song titled ‘Music for a while’, ‘La postellera dell’ alpi’, ‘Eccomi in lieta vista’ with Najib Ismail on Piano and guest artist Antonio Maigue on flute. 


The performance was followed by a special performance of Sumi Jo’s fan Paul Galvez whom she met on twitter. “I tweeted her a video of me copying her [singing voice] and she shared it on her account,” Galvez said. He was then invited to sing a song on Sumi Jo’s Concert where he performed ‘Quanto e bella’.


Najib Ismail also showcased his skills by playing ‘Nocturne’ on Piano. 

At the end of the concert  ‘Tulay ng Kabataan Foundation’ thanked the Korean diva for donating her talent fee for her concert to the foundation. Tulay ng Kabataan Foundation is a non-profit organization that takes care of abandoned and abused children. Sumi Jo, broke down in tears when the foundation’s representative said, “Thank you for having a beautiful voice that is also made in heaven.” 


Written by Krew Member Chiarra Mogol


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