Sae-Kyung Rim studied music at Hanyang University, Seoul, graduating in 1998. She then attended and won a diploma at a course at La Scala, Milan. She has won several competitions, including the Gianbattista Viotti in Vercelli, Italy.
As a concert performer she sang at the Teatro degli Arcimboldi and La Scala, Milan. She also sang in Vienna, London and at the National Algerian Theatre, making her operatic debut in Donizetti’s Parisina, Bergamo. At the Teatro degli Arcimboldi and la Scala in Milan, she took part in Dialogues des Carmélites, Rinaldo, Elektra and La Bohème, conducted by Riccardo Muti, Ottavio Dantone, Semyon Bychkov, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos and Niksa Bareza. In the Teatro Coccia in Novara she sang the title role of Cio-Cio San Madama Butterfly, conducted by Marcello Rota. Other roles include Echo Ariadne auf Naxos at La Scala, conducted by Jeffrey Tate, and then at the Stadttheater in Bolzano and at the Teatro del Giglio in Lucca, conducted by Arthur Fagen.
Sae Kyung Rim began the 2006-2007 season at La Scala in the role of Priestess Aida, followed by Liù Turandot at the Teatro Comunale di Alessandria.
Recently the artist has performed Cio Cio San / Madama Butterfly at Savonlinna Opera Festival, Abigaille / Nabucco at Greek National Opera, Aida at New National Theater Tokyo, Leonora / Forza del Destino in Las Palmas, Cio Cio San / Madama Butterfly at Oper Leipzig, Arena di Verona and Greek National Opera, Aida at Arena di Verona and Tosca at Wiener Staatsoper w. Domingo, Antonenko, Hampson.
Future engagements include Aida at Wiener Staatsoper, Liù / Turandot and Cio-Cio-San / Madama Butterfly at Theater Dortmund, Manon Lescaut / Manon Lescaut at Hungarian National Opera in Budapest as well as Cio-Cio-San / Madama Butterfly at Principal de Mallorca.
Further past engagements include Cio-Cio-San / Madama Butterfly in Budapest, Las Palmas, Wiener Staatsoper, Bergen and Trondheim, Leonora / Forza del Destino at Teatro Filarmonico di Verona, Maddalena / Andrea Chenier in Seoul and Aida / Aida at Arena di Verona, in Seoul and in Munich.
In Teatro alla Scala in Milan she has performed in productions such as: “Dialogues des Carmelites” by Poulenc, “Rinaldo”by Handel, “Elektra” by Richard Strauss, “La Boheme” by Puccini, Fiordiligi / Così Fan Tutte and others under the direction of Riccardo Muti, Ottavio Dantone, Semyon Bychkov, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Niksa Bareza, Jeffrey Tate, Riccardo Chailly, Lothar Koenigs, Daniel Barenboim.
In 2013 she performed the title role in “Aida” at Sejong Theater Seoul, and Verdi’s Requiem in the Opera House of Seoul. In Seoul she has performed many leading roles in the past 5 years such as Madame Lidoine / Les Dialogues des Carmelites by Poulenc, Amelia / Un Ballo in Maschera, Leonora / Forza del Destino, Marguerite / Mefistofele by Boïto, Tosca.
Her theatrical debut was performing “Parisina” by Donizetti at the Teatro Donizetti in Bergamo.
She made her debut at the Teatro Coccia of Novara performing the title role in “Madama Butterfly” by Puccini.
In February 2009 she took part in the production of “Madama Butterfly” by Puccini at the Teatro Valli in Reggio Emilia, in the role of Cio-Cio-San. That season she also performed Leonora in “La Forza del Destino” by Verdi at the Teatro Sejong Seouland also “Aida” by Verdi, in the title role, at the Stadttheather of Klagenfurt.