Ermonela Jaho

The Albanian born soprano Ermonela Jaho is currently booked for years in advance at the most prestigious opera world stages like Royal Opera House in London, Opera National de Paris, Metropolitan of New York, Wienner Staatsoper, Bayeriche Staatsoper, Teatro Real in Madrid, Liceu of Barcelona, La Scala in Milano, Berliner Staatsoper etc.

Her rendition of Violetta at Opera de Bastille earned her standing ovations for all her ten performances there having the critics acknowledge, “To be able to give goosebumps to the Paris opera, that is a challenge!”. A critic attending her Paris Butterfly called her “The miracle: Ermonela Jaho”. Her heartfelt interpretation of Suor Angelica at Royal Opera House (recorded on DVD) has won “The best DVD of the year” and critical acclaim as “sublime… ethereal” and “Delivered with bone-shaking intensity”. Her Zaza recording and performance in London was revered as “a knock-out performance which establishes her as one of the great Verismo interpreters”. Her Madrid, Berlin and Vienna Traviatas were considered “dazzling”, “radiant” and “awe-inspiring”. The German press concludes, “An undisputed star who does not sing or play Violetta, she is Violetta”. Currently there are a lot of singers who can retain your attention for ten minutes with their pretty timbre but true artists that can immerse you into the role with their balance of masterful singing technique, sublime acting, elegant scenic presence, irresistible phrasing, while keeping you at the edge of your seat as they bring their spellbound audience to an unimagined intensity come into life once every century.

Her immediate engagements for 2016 are Manon Lescaut, at Bayerische Staatsoper; Madama Butterfly at Staatsoper Berlin; Liu in Staatsoper Stuttgart; Recital at Theatre des Champs-Elysees Paris; Madama Butterfly, Orange France; Desdemona, Teatro Real Madrid; Antonia at Opera de Bastille.

 

 

The Albanian born soprano Ermonela Jaho is currently booked for years in advance at the most prestigious opera world stages like Royal Opera House in London, Opera National de Paris, Metropolitan of New York, Wienner Staatsoper, Bayeriche Staatsoper, Teatro Real in Madrid, Liceu of Barcelona, La Scala in Milano, Berliner Staatsoper etc.

Her rendition of Violetta at Opera de Bastille earned her standing ovations for all her ten performances there having the critics acknowledge, “To be able to give goosebumps to the Paris opera, that is a challenge!”. A critic attending her Paris Butterfly called her “The miracle: Ermonela Jaho”. Her heartfelt interpretation of Suor Angelica at Royal Opera House (recorded on DVD) has won “The best DVD of the year” and critical acclaim as “sublime… ethereal” and “Delivered with bone-shaking intensity”. Her Zaza recording and performance in London was revered as “a knock-out performance which establishes her as one of the great Verismo interpreters”. Her Madrid, Berlin and Vienna Traviatas were considered “dazzling”, “radiant” and “awe-inspiring”. The German press concludes, “An undisputed star who does not sing or play Violetta, she is Violetta”. Currently there are a lot of singers who can retain your attention for ten minutes with their pretty timbre but true artists that can immerse you into the role with their balance of masterful singing technique, sublime acting, elegant scenic presence, irresistible phrasing, while keeping you at the edge of your seat as they bring their spellbound audience to an unimagined intensity come into life once every century.

Her immediate engagements for 2016 are Manon Lescaut, at Bayerische Staatsoper; Madama Butterfly at Staatsoper Berlin; Liu in Staatsoper Stuttgart; Recital at Theatre des Champs-Elysees Paris; Madama Butterfly, Orange France; Desdemona, Teatro Real Madrid; Antonia at Opera de Bastille.

Ermonela Jaho opened the season at the Arena di Verona in June of 2011 as Violetta in a new production of La Traviata conducted by Carlo Rizzi and staged by Hugo De Anna. In September, she returned to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden to sing the title role in Puccini’s Suor Angelica in a new production conducted by Antonio Pappano and staged by Richard Jones. She made her debut at the Royal Opera in Stockholm as Violetta and also sang the role at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden. In May of 2012 Jaho debuted at the Vienna State Opera and at the Deutsche Oper Berlin in the same role. She made her debut at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan in June 2012 in the title role of Massenet’s Manon. In the fall of 2012 Jaho sang Violetta for her debut in Bilbao and returned to the Vienna State Opera in La Traviata.

Ermonela Jaho began the 2012/2013 by performing as Violeta in La Traviata at the Bilbao Opera. She subsequently appeared as Blanche de la Force in Les Dialogues des Carmelites at the Opera Toulon, Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, again as Violeta Valery in La Traviata at the Bayerische Staatsoper and the Vienna State Opera, and Magda in La Rondine at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. She also has been heard in recent seasons as Manon for her debut at the Teatro  alla Scala and at Covent Garden, as Madama Butterfly at the Liceo in Barcelona and at the Opera de Lyon where she sang her first Amelia in Simon Boccanegra. In the fall of 2013 Jaho sang as Giulia in a revival of Gasparo Spontini’s rarely heard La Vestale at the Theatre des Champs Elysees, marking the once so famous work’s first performance in the French capital in over 150 years. The artist also returned to Covent Garden as Mimi and sang Mathilde in Guillauem Tell for the Theatre Royale de la Monnaie.\

After Ms. Jaho’s debut in Albania in La Traviata, she moved to Italy where she pursued her musical studies at the Academia di Santa Cecilia in Rome. A recipient of numerous awards from several prestigious Italian vocal competitions such as the Giacomo Puccini Competition in Milan, Spontini International in Ancona and the Zandonai Competition in Rovereto, she began her professional career in Italy and was soon heard in many leading theaters. Ms. Jaho debuted at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna as Mimi in La Boheme under Daniele Gatti, at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro and at the Teatro Giuseppe Verdi in Trieste as Micaela in Carmen. She made her first appearances outside of Italy at the Wexford Festival in Ireland where she appeared in productions of Massenet’s Sapho and Tchaikovsky’s The Echantress, and debuted in Germany as Norina in Don Pasquale at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, and as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro at both the Theatre du Capitole in Toulouse and at the Grand Theatre de Geneve. She made her South American debut in the title role of Semiramide opposite Daniela Barcellona and Juan Diego Florez in Lima, Peru. Ermonela Jaho subsequently appeared at the Teatro Comunale in Bologna for several productions in roles including Adina in L’Elisir D’Amore conducted by Corrado Rovaris, as Rusalka in Rimsky-Korsakov’s May Night under Vladimir Jurowski, and as the Principessa in the 2005 new production of Ottorino Respighi’s rarely performed Le Bella Dormente under Aldo Sisillo. She starred in La Fenice’s production of Sadko, made her debut at the Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville in L’Incoronazione di Poppea under Christoph Rousset and was also heard in the Academia di Santa Cecilia’s concerts of Prokofiev’s Maddalena under Valery Gergiev.

Other roles in Jaho’s developing repertoire include Imogene in Il Pirata, the title roles in Adriana Lecouvreur, and Mascagni’s Iris. Her interpretations have been transmitted directly via many world renowned radio and television stations such as BBC 3 England, Mezzo Europe, ZDF Germany, Euronews, Sky Classic, RAI, etc. From her first debut until today audiences have been drawn by her artistic personality and ability to touch every soul through her singing.

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