"Cio-Cio-San" Madama Butterfly, QPAC Brisbane
soprano Hyeseoung Kwon brought youth, passion and vulnerability to the role of Cio-Cio-San (Butterfly). The early scenes had a teenage boisterousness brimming with undying faith and love, whilst the wait for her lover's return always had hope despite the reality of the truth. The audience could barely contain the tears with her version of Act 2's gold-standard of arias Un bel di (One Fine Day). It was heart-breaking.
Stage Whisper,Peter Pinne
"Liu" Turandot, Sydney Harbour
Hyeseoung Kwon's performance as slave girl Li? is simply divine. She is innocently loyal to the blind Timur and lovingly devoted to Calaf, and Kwon sings with perfect tenderness and clarity, making her tragic scene in the final act all the more incredible.
Hyeseoung Kwon reprises her signature role of Li?, instantly winning the hearts of the audience with an elegant dramatic interpretation and refined singing of great delicacy. A lovely piano top is crowned with some fine lyrical singing in both scene and aria. Her torture scene is powerfully effective and her sudden suicide caused the audience member next to me who was new to this opera to gasp out loud.
Clive Paget, Limelight Magazine
"Li?" Turandot, Opera House, Sydney
the third act's most sincere moment comes from Liu, the faithful slave to the blind Timur. Hyeseoung Kwon created this role with disarming expressive simplicity, unforced pathos, rich natural colour and fluency.
Peter McCallum,Sydney Morning Herald
"Cio-Cio-San"Madama Butterfly, The Royal Albert Hall, London
Hyeseoung Kwon was making her UK debut this evening and sang as a stoic Madam Butterfly with a hypnotic voice. Her vocal prowess was utterly lavish and bold and did not falter at Puccini's signature arias.
Mary Grace Nguyen,LDN Card
"Mimi" La Boheme,Opera Queensland
Here is a real Puccini soprano, her vocal line arching and sustained, her acting excellent and even her incidental counter-melodies captivating the imagination...
Martin Buzacott, The Australian
La boh?me is worth the price of entry just to watch Kwon alone. As an actor, she is sublime. She is quietly flirtatious, subtly sexy. And yet she is a believably shy and introverted Mimi. Her presence in a room is never too obvious. It's quite a performance. Truly she is a rising international star.
Andrew Messenger, Limelight Magazine
"Giulietta" I Capuleti e I Montecchi, Opera Australia
"Hyeseoung Kwon revealed impressive vocal maturity and an increasingly naturalistic acting style. Kwon managed exquisitely pure tone and legato, winning the audience vote.
Eamonn Kelly,The Australian
"Mimi" La Boheme, Opera Australia
The slender and beautiful Kwon turned out to be touching in every way. Her voice is beautifully placed and lit through with grace and intelligence.
Deborah Jones,Opera Opera