Douglas Sumi

     Lecturer --  Voice and Opera



American pianist, Douglas Sumi, is a frequent collaborator with many of today’s artists and opera theaters. He is a versatile artist, comfortable in the capacities of pianist, coach, conductor and prompter. He has assisted conductors such as James Conlon, Plácido Domingo, Patrick Summers, William Lacy, Michele Mariotti, and Emmanuel Villaume. He has worked with singers such as Renée Fleming, Plácido Domingo, Carol Vaness, Sir Thomas Allen, Vladimir Chernov, Bejun Mehta, Linda Watson, Joyce DiDonato, Juan Diego Flórez, Vittorio Grigolo, and many of today’s emerging young singers. Most notably, he collaborated with Renée Fleming in recital, after working together in A Streetcar Named Desire. He has performed throughout Europe and North America, including The Kennedy Center for the Arts.

Sumi has served as a répétiteur and vocal coach at LA Opera and is an alumnus of the Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program. He has also worked for Wolf Trap Opera Company, Indianapolis Opera, Centro Studi Lirica, Ash Lawn Opera Festival, American Opera Projects, University of Minnesota and the Manhattan School of Music. He has been invited to give master classes in Russia, at the St. Petersburg Conservatory and Galina Vishnevskaya’s Opera Center in Moscow. In Mexico, he premiered Roger Bourland’s La Paloma y el Ruiseñor at the Cultural Festival of Mazatlán. He has lead young singers to top prizes of competitions such as Plácido Domingo’s Operalia, the Metropolitan National Council Auditions, and the Dallas Opera Guild Competition among others. As a piano teacher, he has had students of collaborative piano earn acceptance into programs at the Juilliard School, Mannes College of Music and New England Conservatory. In addition to his many responsibilities, Mr. Sumi continues to make a path for himself in chamber music. He regularly creates and performs programs of a variety of chamber music in the greater Los Angeles area.