Korean Sounds - East Meets West: Love
Eunhye Jung, a prima donna of pansori, is well known for performing the main role in Changgeuk, a popular Korean opera. Eunhye obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Korean Music from Seoul National University and was awarded both the Grand Prize at the 17th Dong-A Korean Traditional Music Competition and the Outstanding Talent Who Will Lead 21st Century award.
She began learning the art of pansori from the age of 7 and by the age of 18 was singing the complete 8 hour Chunhyangga in a single performance, a story that traditionally might be sung over the course of two days, or at least interspersed with periods of recovery or relaxation. Since then, she has sung pansori’s five madang (the 5 pansori operas) – Chunhyangga, Simcheongga, Heungbuga, Jeokbyeobga and Sugungga.
In 2013, she joined the National Changgeuk Company of Korea where she has continuously pursued the preservation, standardization and popularization of traditional changgeuk through the staging of original, contemporary changgeuk performances. By 2015, she had performed 12 different roles in various pieces such as ‘Medea’ in Changguek Medea which is a modernized changgeuk-adaptation of the ‘Euripides’ classic, Janghwa in Janghwa and Hongryun which is based on the traditional “Tale of the Two Sisters”, Beatrice in Dante’s Divine Comedy, Yeon-ji in HwaSun Kim Hong-do and many others. Currently she is a representative of the Eun Hye Jung Company.