Ermonela Jaho

Ermonela Jaho was born in Albania and began taking singing lessons at the age of six. After completing her vocal art studies in Tirana, she won the first prize at her first singing competition. Shortly afterwards she enrolled at the Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome where she completed her studies for singing, pianoforte and phoniatry. By winning further prizes like Puccini’s Competition, Milan in 1997, Ancona in 1998, Rovereto in 1999, and Wexford in 2000 the young soprano caught the attention of music experts. Her performance of Violetta has been regarded by French critics as ‘a revelation’. Since then, performances have lead Ermonela Jaho to the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the New York Metropolitan Opera, the Berliner Staatsoper, the Wiener Staatsoper, the Opera Bastille, the Théatre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, NHK Opera in Japan, Theatre Liceu of Barcelona, Grand Theatre de Geneve, Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, the Arena di Verona, the Theatre La Monnaie in Brussels, Bolshoi Theater in Moscow etc. Her repertoire comprises of Violetta, Cio-Cio San, Suor Angelica, Anna Bolena, Manon Lescaut, Maria Stuarda, Mireille, Amina, Mimì, Giulietta and many more. Her rendition of Suor Angelica at the Royal Opera House in London was released to the public in 2012 and won the International Opera Awards’ best DVD in 2013. The critics described her Angelica interpretation as ‘sublime… ethereal’ and ‘delivered with bone-shaking intensity’. Upcoming performances include Magda, Mimi, Manon, Madama Butterfly, Suor Angelica (at Royal opera House in London), La Vestale, Le Villi (at Théatre des Champs-Elysées in Paris), Violetta (at Staatsoper Wiener, Munchen, Bastille, Hamburg), Cio-Cio San (at Theatre Liceu of Barcelona, Hamburg, Berlin), Mathilde (La Monnaie, Brussels), Amelia (Opera de Lyon) etc. 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.

 

Engagements for the 2013/2014 season included a reprisal of the role of Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly at the Opera-Theatre D’Avignon, as Violetta Valery in La Traviata at the Opera National de Paris, and as the title role in Manon Lescaut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, amongst others. Engagements for the 2014/2015 season include performing at the Wiener Staatsoper as Violeta in La Traviata, at the Opera Toulon as the title role in Anna Bolena, and at the Opera National de Paris in La Traviata.

Ermonela Jaho was born in Albania and began taking singing lessons at the age of six. After completing her vocal art studies in Tirana, she won the first prize at her first singing competition. Shortly afterwards she enrolled at the Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome where she completed her studies for singing, pianoforte and phoniatry. By winning further prizes like Puccini’s Competition, Milan in 1997, Ancona in 1998, Rovereto in 1999, and Wexford in 2000 the young soprano caught the attention of music experts. Her performance of Violetta has been regarded by French critics as ‘a revelation’. Since then, performances have lead Ermonela Jaho to the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the New York Metropolitan Opera, the Berliner Staatsoper, the Wiener Staatsoper, the Opera Bastille, the Théatre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, NHK Opera in Japan, Theatre Liceu of Barcelona, Grand Theatre de Geneve, Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, the Arena di Verona, the Theatre La Monnaie in Brussels, Bolshoi Theater in Moscow etc. Her repertoire comprises of Violetta, Cio-Cio San, Suor Angelica, Anna Bolena, Manon Lescaut, Maria Stuarda, Mireille, Amina, Mimì, Giulietta and many more. Her rendition of Suor Angelica at the Royal Opera House in London was released to the public in 2012 and won the International Opera Awards’ best DVD in 2013. The critics described her Angelica interpretation as ‘sublime… ethereal’ and ‘delivered with bone-shaking intensity’. Upcoming performances include Magda, Mimi, Manon, Madama Butterfly, Suor Angelica (at Royal opera House in London), La Vestale, Le Villi (at Théatre des Champs-Elysées in Paris), Violetta (at Staatsoper Wiener, Munchen, Bastille, Hamburg), Cio-Cio San (at Theatre Liceu of Barcelona, Hamburg, Berlin), Mathilde (La Monnaie, Brussels), Amelia (Opera de Lyon) etc. 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.

 

Engagements for the 2013/2014 season included a reprisal of the role of Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly at the Opera-Theatre D’Avignon, as Violetta Valery in La Traviata at the Opera National de Paris, and as the title role in Manon Lescaut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, amongst others. Engagements for the 2014/2015 season include performing at the Wiener Staatsoper as Violeta in La Traviata, at the Opera Toulon as the title role in Anna Bolena, and at the Opera National de Paris 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.

 

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. Future projects include her debut in Paris as Julie in a revival of Gasparo Spontini’s rarely heard La Vestale at the Theatre des Champs Elysees, La Rondine, Suor Angelica, and La Boheme at Covent Garden, Madama Butterfly in Barcelona, her debut at the Opera de Monte Carlo as Lina in Stiffelio, and her debut at the Opera National in Paris as Violetta.

 

Ermonela Jaho made her professional debut at age 17 in her native Tirana as Violetta.  She then completed her studies at the Accademia 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 repertoire include Imogene in Il Pirata, the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor, and Blanche in Dialogues des Carmelites. She resides in New York and Ravenna.

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