Soojin Moon-Sebastian was born in Seoul and now lives near Hamburg.
After graduating from the SEOUL NATIONAL UNIVERSITY she continued her musical education at the GIUSEPPE VERDI CONSERVATOIRE in Milan and graduated with distinction having undertaken masterclasses with Sherrill Milnes, Regina Resnik, Renato Bruson , Dalton Baldwin and Montserrat Caballé, and being the recipient of various prizes in international singing competitions in the Netherlands, Spain, France, Belgium and Italy. Since 2015 she has studied with the legendary Josephine Barstow in the UK.
Soojin Moon-Sebastian appears regularly in such leading opera houses as the TEATRO LIRICO DI CAGLIARI, LA SCALA MILAN, KOMISCHE OPER BERLIN, BADISCHES STAATSTHEATER KARLSRUHE, and in many of the German stadt theaters. She has worked with such leading artists as Peter Maag, Michael Guttler, Alexander Joel, Kazushi Ono, Theodor Guschlbauer, Yves Abel, Enrico Delamboye, Anthony Bramall, Romano Gandolfi, Uwe Sandner, Andreas Spering, Alexander Kalajdzic, Evan Christ, Semyon Bychkov and Fabrice Bollon.
She has appeared as Cio-Cio-San in MADAM BUTTERFLY in Orlando, in France, the Netherlands and for the KOMISCHE OPER BERLIN and at THEATER BIELEFELD, as Violetta in LA TRAVIATA for the NATIONAL OPERA SUCRE in Quito, and as Tosca for STAATSTHEATER COTTBUS during 2015, performances of which DER TAGESPIEGEL wrote, …a magnificent Tosca with brilliant stage presence and an appropriately volcanic temperament paired with moments of beautiful lyricism. Her account of Vissi d’arte was both captivatingly lovely and filled with deep pain.
In the 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 European seasons, her engagements included Abigaille in NABUCCO for the TIROLER FESTSPIELE in Austria and at the VOLKSTHEATER ROSTOCK, Cio-Cio-San, again for VOLKSTHEATER ROSTOCK and for LANDESTHEATER MECKLENBURG, also for THEATER FUR NIEDERSACHSEN in Hildesheim and Tosca for THEATER BIELEFELD.
In the 2015/16 European season she made a return to THEATER BIELEFLD for Lady Macbeth, performances of which NEW WESTPHALIAN wrote, Soojin Moon-Sebastian was the outstanding star of the evening… great elegance, overwhelming vocal presence., while the CULTURAL INFORMATION reviewer said, Soojin Moon-Sebastian as Lady Macbeth was in no way inferior to her famous predecessors Grace Bumbry and Christa Ludwig… in the same way, psychologically sophisticated… and LIPPE CURRENT reviewed with, Soojin Moon-Sebastain sang to make the eardrums tremble… the audience cheered her sweeping voice.
During the 2016/17 she returned to make her debut as Turandot for STAATSTHEATER COTTBUS. Of her performances in this role, OPERAPOINT wrote, …stage dominating presence which makes the ice-cold Turandot palpable… crystal-clear tones, an aura of sparkling lustre… full of lightness and effortlessly pushing up steel and glowing sun… In questa reggia strikingly moving… Of a return to the role of Abigaille in NABUCCO at STADTSTHEATER PFORZHEIM the SWABIAN POST said, With her expressive, brilliant voice, Soojin Moon-Sebastian… transforming passion into music – this is great opera.
The 2016/2017 European season also included her debut in the title role of ARIADNE AUF NAXOS in the NEDERLANDSE REISOPERA’s award winning production directed by Laurence Dale and conducted by Antonino Fogliani. Writing of her performances in the role, PLACE DE L’OPERA wrote, … This was a great Ariadne; how fortunate to have her in the role., and FORUMOPERA said, A beautiful discovery… breathtaking expressive power., while CULTURE ELPERS BUREAU NL said, The cast is stunning not least to the perfect casting of Ariadne., and BACH TRACK said, Soojin Moon-Sebastian’s Ariadne unveiling a lush timbre with contrasting colours and a very beautiful plum-coloured low range.
Soojin Moon-Sebastian’s recent appearances on the concert stage include the Verdi REQUIEM with the REAL PHILHARMONIC and also with the SINGAPORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA and the GERMAN HANDEL SOLOISTS in Munich’s HERKULERSAAL, Mozart concert arias and operatic arias from the roles of Vitellia in LA CLEMENZA DI TITO and Konstanze in THE ABDUCTION FROM SERAGLIO with the ORQUESTRA METROPOLITANA DE LISBOA in Portugal and Haydn arias with the REAL PHILHARMONIA DE GALICIA in Spain.
Her 2017-2018 season has included a return to the role of Turandot for STAATSTHEATER COTTBUS of which OPERA POINT wrote, Soojin Moon-Sebastian dominates the game perfectly, attracting all the attention (with a) dominating stage presence… glittering brilliance, full of lightness and effortlessness… steel and glowing sun… In questa reggia becomes a thrillingly moving aria., while LAUSITZER RUNDSCHAU said, For the title role you need a real primadonna (for the) multi-layered psycho-drama… Soojin Moon-Sebastian was just about perfect.
Also, during 2018, she stepped into the role of Cio-Cio San in MADAM BUTTERFLY for STAATSTHEATER KASSEL to replace an indisposed Celine Byrne, ONLINE MUSIK MAGAZIN writing, On the eve of the premiere, Celine Byrne fell ill, but thankfully agreed to act as Cio-Cio-San on stage, something that would have been impossible to do for the one-hour substitute found just hours before the premiere, which is why Soojin Moon-Sebastian only sang, but so multi-colored and soulful, so expressive and touching, that she was celebrated at the final applause with a standing ovation., and HESSISCHE NIEDERSÄCHSISCHE ALLGEMEINE saying, Guest singer Soojin Moon -Sebastian did not lack emotion and expressiveness at any point. She excellently combined intensity and harmony – and received spontaneous bravos for the aria Un bel dì, vedremo.
Soojin Moon-Sebastian‘s concerts, during 2018, included appearances with the NETHERLANDS PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA and the Mozart REQUIEM with the WIENER SINGVEREIN at the FESTIVAL INTERNAZIONALE DI MUSICA E ARTE SACRA in Rome.
Her engagements, during 2019, have included Cio-Cio San for THEATER TRIER and Turandot at THEATER CHEMNITZ.
She appears as Turandot in STAATSTHEATER DARMSTADT‘s 2019/2020 season, and as Mimi in LA BOHEME and Elisabetta in DON CARLOS in the company’s 2020/2021 season.
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