South Korean soprano Irina Park joined the ensemble of Theater Freiburg in the autumn 2018, after two seasons as an opera studio member. In Freiburg she has made her role debuts in the title role of Madama Butterfly, as Mimi La Bohème, Alice Ford Falstaff, Contessa Le nozze di Figaro, Antonia Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Fox The cunning little Vixen, Dido Dido and Aeneas, Noémie Cendrillon (DVD-recording for Naxos), Swanhilde in Franck’s Hulda (CD-recording for Naxos), Lieschen in Korngold’s Der Ring des Polykrates, Glasha Katya Kabanova, Alice in Schreier’s Wunderland, Safiye/ Rabia von Basra in L. Vollmers’ opera Crusades (world premiere). Her new roles this season include the title role of Rusalka and Dawn in Nico Muhly's opera Marnie. Last season she appeared as Pamina Die Zauberflöte at the Gwangju Culture & Art Center in South Korea and jumped in at short notice as Alice Ford in Magdeburg.
As a passionate concert singer her broad repertoire includes Bach's Matthäus-Passion, Weihnachtsoratorium, Himmelfahrtsoratorium, Osteroratorium, Mozart's Great Mass in c minor, Mendelssohn's Paulus, Psalm 24, Bruckner's Te Deum, Saint-Saens' Oratorio de Noel, Janacek's Tagebuch eines Verschollenen. Her love for art song brought her 3rd Prize at the International Art Song Competition "Liedkunst" 2018 at Hugo-Wolf-Akademie in Stuttgart as well as the Art Song Prize at the Gwangju Singing Competition 2017. She won 3rd Prize at the Lions' Competition 2016 at the Immling Festival, reached the finals at the DEBUT Competition 2016 and received the Bärenreiter-Urtext-Preis at the ARD Competition 2015.
Irina Park obtained her Bachelor’s degree from the Ewha Women’s University in Seoul. She continued her Master studies in Germany, first at Universität der Künste Berlin with Prof. Peter Maus, then at Hochschule für Musik Freiburg with Prof. Angela Nick and currently with Prof. Mitsuko Shirai and Prof. Hartmut Höll in Karlsruhe. In student productions she sang Susanna Le nozze di Figaro, Contessa in Sarti’s Fra I due litiganti il terzo gode and the title role in Reimann’s Melusine.