Sumi Jo International Competition Announces Semi-Finalists for 2024 Edition

By David Salazar

The Sumi Jo International Competition has announced its semi-finalists for 2024.

The competition, set to take place at the Chateau de la Ferte-Imbault in the Loire Valley between July 7 – 13, 2024, showcases the talents of 24 semi-finalists.

The artists include:

  • Karoline Podolak (Canada)
  • Teodora Marcheva (Bulgaria)
  • Eliza Boom (New Zealand)
  • Milan Perisic (Serbia)
  • Marie Lombard (France)
  • Fanny Valentin (France)
  • George Ionut Virban (Romania)
  • Lina Tsiklauri (Georgia)
  • Emily Christina Loftus (UK)
  • Linsey Coppens (Belgium)
  • Kira Kirilina (Russia)
  • Elisabeth Eunsoo Lee (South Korea)
  • Alexandre Baldo (France)
  • Igor Mostovoi (Ukraine)
  • Katleho Mokhoabane (South Africa)
  • Juliette Tacchino (France)
  • Kiup Lee (South Korea)
  • Daria Lupu (Romania)
  • Jungrae Noah Kim (South Korea)
  • Junho Hwang (South Korea)
  • Jingdan Zhang (China)
  • Eliza Masewicz (USA)
  • Zihao Li (China)
  • Shao Lin (China)

The first place winner walks away with a 50,000 euro prize with second place getting 20,000 euros and third receiving 10,000 euros. The jury for the competition includes soprano Sumi Jo; Olivier Ojzerowicz-Medinger, the proprietor of the Chateau; the Met Opera and Irish National Opera’s Artistic Advisor Jonathan Friend; the Teatro alla Scala’s Casting Manager Alessandro Galoppini; Alain Lanceron, President of Warner Classics and Erato; Conductor Jérémie Rhorer; and tenor Ramón Vargas.