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Winner - Readers Award at the 2016 International Opera Awards

“’When I have to cry, I do cry. For sure. If I have to scream, I scream for real.’ Ermonela Jaho speaks of the stage as if it’s the one place where you are compelled never to deceive. All the artifice and artistry and the technical preparations count for little, she says, without genuine emotion.”

BBC Music Magazine, February 2017

Now resident in New York, Ermonela Jaho was born in Albania and first began to take singing lessons when she was just six. At 14, she was taken to the Tirana Opera House for the first time where she heard La traviata and determined to become an opera singer. At 19, Ermonela won a scholarship to study with Katia Ricciarelli in Mantua, and a year later moved to Rome to continue her studies at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. Over the next years, she won singing competitions in Milan, Ancona and Rovereto. Ermonela Jaho’s vivid interpretations and her exceptional identification with the roles she performs are highlighted in all her reviews. Over the last year, standing ovations have followed her from Sydney to London and everywhere else in between, with Australia’s Daily Telegraph describing her as “an unstoppable phenomenon” and The Independent as “the best Madama Butterfly London has seen in years”, Earlier this year, she was nominated in the Best Female Singer category at the International Opera Awards. In demand across the world, Ermonela Jaho is particularly recognised for her portrayals of Violetta (La traviata), Madama Butterfly and Suor Angelica (Il trittico). In the 2018-19 season, Jaho reprises the roles of Suor Angelica and Madama Butterfly at Munich’s Bayerische Staatsoper; brings her interpretation of Violetta back to the Opéra national de Paris, London’s Covent Garden and Staatsoper Berlin; and sings Cio-Cio San once again for a special gala performance in Wiesbaden. In addition to her portrayals of opera’s most famous Italian heroines, Ermonela Jaho’s broad and diverse repertoire spans Massenet and Offenbach – she recently sang in the Chinese première of Thaïs in Beijing and will make her Dutch National Opera debut as Antonia (Les Contes d’Hoffmann) - as well as Auber, Bizet, Chabrier, Gounod, Handel, Milhaud, Mozart, Poulenc, Prokofiev, Rimsky-Korsakov, Johan Strauss, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky. The opening of the 2018-19 season sees Jaho make her role debut as Valentine in Meyerbeer’s Les Huguenots in Paris and take on the role of Anna in the one-act version of the composer’s first opera Le Villi not heard publicly since 1884 presented by Opera Rara in London.

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