Sae-Kyung Rim graduated in singing at the Conservatory Giuseppe Verdi in Milan and in the course for opera singers Soloists dell ‘Accademia del Teatro alla Scala with Leyla Gencer. She has won several international competitions in singing, including the Giambattista Viotti in Vercelli.
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 Verdi’s La forza del destino at the Teatro Sejong Seoul and Verdi’s Aida at the Stadttheather of Klagenfurt.
Further past engagements include Cio-Cio San (Madama Butterfly) in Budapest, Las Palmas, Wiener Staatsoper, Bergen and Trondheim; Leonora (La forza del destino) at Teatro Filarmonico di Verona, Maddalena (Andrea Chenier) in Seoul and 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 Carmélites 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 five years, such as Madame Lidoine (Dialogues des Carmélites) by Poulenc, Amelia (Un ballo in maschera), Leonora (La forza del destino) Marguerite (Mefistofele) by Boïto, and Tosca.
Recently the artist has performed Cio-Cio San (Madama Butterfly) at the Savonlinna Opera Festival, Abigail (Nabucco) at the Greek National Opera, Aida at the New National Theatre Tokyo, Leonora (La 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 alongside Placido Domingo, Aleksandr Antonenko, Thomas Hampson.
Future engagements include Aida at Wiener Staatsoper, Liù (Turandot) and Cio-Cio San (Madama Butterfly) at Theater Dortmund, Manon Lescaut at the Hungarian National Opera in Budapest, as well as Cio-Cio San (Madama Butterfly) at Teatre Principal de Mallorca and Teatr Wielki in Warsaw.