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  • Korean soprano Sumi Jo designated UNESCO Artist for Peace

    04-04-2003 12:00 am Korean soprano Sumi Jo was designated UNESCO Artist for Peace in recognition of her commitment to the promotion of Korean culture all over the world and in particular by virtue of her support for the Organization’s “living human treasures” initiative and for her contribution to international cooperation in the service of peace and tolerance.

    Ms Jo has come to be regarded as one of the finest voices in contemporary opera. The late conductor Herbert von Karajan said of her voice that it was “a voice from above”.

    “Human living treasures” are persons who embody to the very highest degree, the skills and techniques necessary for the production of selected aspects of the cultural life of a people and the continued existence of their cultural heritage.

    They are at the heart of a programme established by UNESCO in 1993 to promote the transmission of knowledge and skills by artists and artisans.

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