For Korean soprano Sumi Jo, moving to Italy from Seoul in 1983 to study at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia was a culture shock. But some 35 years later she’s obviously very much at home and she brushes off the early hour of our phone interview. “I usually wake up at six to take care of my three dogs,” she explains. “So for me at 7:30, my day has already started.”

The lyric coloratura soprano...

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