By Pablo A. Tariman, VERA Files
From the looks of it, the opera odyssey of internationally acclaimed Korean diva Sumi Jo would make a good material for soap opera.
Her mother enrolled her for a piano lesson at age four and voice at age six and spent eight hours a day studying music.
Although the family lived on rented place, her mother bought her a piano she could practice on.
Her mother dreamed of becoming a singer herself but decided her daughter Sumi Jo would pursue that dream. Obedient daughter never let her mother down and got the highest grade when she auditioned at Korea’s National University.
She only had $300 when she went to Italy to study at St. Cecilia Academy and fainted on an Italian street probably from lack of sleep while diligently studying music and the Italian language.
She was equally close to her father who died on the night she had a singing engagement in Paris. Her mother reminded her not to cancel the concert and instead offer the concert in memory of herRead More »from Dialogue with Sumi Jo