Principal Guest Conductor, Conductor
Eun Sun Kim
South Korea



Named The New York Times Breakout Star in Classical Music, Eun Sun Kim is the Caroline H. Hume Music Director of San Francisco Opera. She made her North American operatic debut with La traviata at HGO, earning an appointment as the company’s first Principal Guest Conductor in 25 years, and returned in 2020 to conduct the digital production of The Impresario  and in 2022 to conduct Turandot. In the 2023-24 season, Kim continues a series of important debuts, conducting the Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, and a new production of The Tales of Hoffmann with Paris National Opera. After leading eight productions, including a world premiere by John Adams, during SFO’s Centennial Season, Kim returns to the War Memorial Opera House for Il trovatore, Lohengrin, and The Magic Flute. Kim has enjoyed recent operatic successes at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Los Angeles Opera, Washington National Opera, Vienna State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bavarian State Opera, Semperoper Dresden, and Teatro alla Scala. Concert performances include appearances with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony, Orchestre de Paris, Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, and Stuttgart Philharmonic, as well as orchestras in London, Madrid, Marseille, Munich, Lille, Nancy, Palermo, Turin, Detroit, Milwaukee, Portland, Calgary, Toronto, and Santiago de Compostela.



LA TRAVIATA 2017-18 

THE IMPRESARIO 2020-21 (Digital)

TURANDOT 2021-22