Introducing Hera Hyesang Park

April 13, 2024, 4:00 pm

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Hera Hyesang Park in cream colored goddess gown, sitting in the middle of a grand marble staircase framed by ornate baroque banisters.
Hera Hyesang Park (Photo by David Sisso & Guido Chouela)

Hera Hyesang Park joins WFMT to share selections from her recent concept album Breathe, focusing on spiritual, meditative arias and songs. The South Korean soprano brings a very personal approach to her choice of music, which ranges from classics by Rossini, Verdi, Massenet and more to recent works by contemporary composers Henryk Górecki, Cecilia Livingston, and Luke Howard.

Watch the music video for Luke Howard’s “While You Live,” which follows Ms. Park on a dreamlike voyage from an abandoned opera house to the middle of the ocean.


All selections feature soprano Hera Hyesang Park.

Carl Orff: “In trutina” from Carmina Burana
Teatro Carlo Felice Orchestra
Jochen Rieder, conductor

Gioachino Rossini: “Non si dà follia maggiore” from Il turco in Italia
Giacomo Puccini: Musetta’s Waltz from La bohème
Wiener Symphoniker
Bertrand de Billy, conductor

Jules Massenet arr. Matthias Spindler: “Ave Maria” sur la Méditation de Thaïs*
Liciano Refice: “Grazie sorelle!…Padre! Ho pregato” from Cecilia^
Engelbert Humperdinck: Evening Prayer from Hänsel und Gretel†
Léo Delibes: Flower Duet from Lakmé†
Henryk Górecki: “Mamo, nie płacz, nie” from Symphony No. 3 “Symphony of Sorrowful Songs” op. 36
Luke Howard: While You Live*
†Emily D’Angelo, mezzo-soprano
*Giovanni Battista Fabris, violin
^Federico Romano, cello
Teatro Carlo Felice Chorus and Orchestra
Jochen Rieder, conductor