"Rosina (Misoon Ghim) brought dramatic sensitivity to the role and dancing eyes and subtle and playful expressions to the remonstrances of Dr. Bartolo, and Almaviva."
- Greer Firestone - Community News (Hockessin, DE)
Nov 14, 2009
"Ghim has a lush mezzo-soprano and displays excellent range in her romantic and comic pieces, particularly the hilarious "music lesson" of Act II and her duets with Figaro and with Dr.Bartolo."
-Tom Butler - Delaware Online
November 2, 2009
Recipient of two Metropolitan Opera Education Fund awards, Mezzo-sorano Misoon Ghim, quickly emerged from the Merola Program and toured with Western Opera Theater's National Tour as Cherubino. Since that time she has established herself in a variety of roles and genres. On the opera stage Ms. Ghim's dramatic flair provides the quintessential willful Rosina at one end the spectrum, and brings dignified gravitas to the heroic Mother Marie at the opposite extreme. In between, Ghim's credentials include Angelina, Dorabella, Suzuki, Siebel, Stephano, Urbain and Marchesa Melibea. Her extensive operatic repertoire ranges from Handel operas to Poulenc, and includes the fresh relevance she transmitted in Wuorinen’s Haroun and the Sea of Stories. This coming season, Ms. Ghim will bring her coloratura mezzo charms to singing Rosina in Opera Delaware's upcoming 2009-2010 season production of Il barbiere di Siviglia.
The NY Times’ praised Ghim's NYCO performance as Suzuki: Bernard Holland called her “first rate," while Clive Barnes raved of her “dramatic sensitivity." Benita Valente says it best when she describes Ms. Ghim’s voice as “possessing a luscious timbre, delivered in such a way that is, at once, astonishing, artful and agile.”
Ms.Ghim’s sublime aesthetic in interpreting the classics has placed her on the orchestral concert stage with world-class conductors such as Sawallisch, Eschenbach and Summers. Her orchestral soloist credentials include Brahms Alto Rhapsodie, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Mahler's Rückert Lieder and Symphony no.2. Her repertoire ranges from early music to modern and includes her dignified singing of Handel oratorios, her deeply moing Bach Matthew's Passion and her transcendent interpretation of Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden gesellen.
Ms. Ghim was educated at Juilliard and Curtis, and in recent years, has been studying with the distinguished Benita Valente.
Recorded October 30th, 2009 at the Grand Opera House in Wilmington Delaware durning a dress rehersal.