San Francisco Opera announces new music director

Eun Sun Kim has signed up as San Francisco Opera’s (SFO) next music director. She becomes only the fourth music director in the company’s history.

Kim will take up the job at the start of the 2020-21 season. However, she immediately receives the title of music director designate and will take part in planning for upcoming seasons.


The South Korean conductor made her SFO debut conducting Dvořák’s Rusalka in June 2019, while this evening (6 December) she leads SFO’s Adler Fellows in a concert at the Herbst Theatre.


“From my very first moments at SFO I felt this was home,” said Kim. “There was an unusual feeling of open collaboration across so many facets of the company – a real sense of professional alchemy.”


SFO general director Matthew Shilvock added: “Eun Sun Kim brings a unique energy to SFO. She leads with great vision on the podium but also welcomes each and every person into the creative process, inviting them to do their very best work. The resulting art is spectacular.”