Soprano Pureum, alumna of HGO Studio, receives praise in her return to Houston Opera as Merab in Barrie Kosky’s renowned production of Saul.
“Soprano Pureum Jo, alumna of HGO Studio, is ravishing as Merab. Her diction is clean, her ornamentation nonpareil. Her air, “Author of Peace,” is a masterclass in control, character study, and tonal beauty.” – Houston Press
“Soprano Pureum Jo shines as Merab, Saul’s eldest daughter, who protests when Saul offers her to David in marriage. In the first act, she displays a great sense for physical comedy, her facial expressions and gestures exhibiting just enough royal snootiness as she dismisses David’s advances. In the second act, her stunning performances of two somber arias demonstrate her considerable expressive range.” – Houstonia Magazine
“Dynamic soprano Pureum Jo, as Saul’s elder daughter Merab, is haughty and imperious upon learning the king has promised her hand to David, but softens her tone in an arresting, elegiac aria following the climactic battle of Mount Gilboa.” – Houston Chronicle