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Ermonela Jaho was born in Albania and took her first music lessons at the age of six. After completing her musical studies in Tirana, she won first prizes at several international singing competitions (Milan, Ancona, Rovereto) and then perfected her skills at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. She made her debut appearances in Italy (Mimi in La Bohème at Bologna’s Teatro Comunale, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro at Venice’s La Fenice, and Micaela in Carmen at Trieste’s Teatro Verdi). She currently makes regular guest appearances at many of the world’s prestigious opera houses performing a roster of roles which include Violetta (La Traviata), Cio-Cio San (Madame Butterfly) and the title role in Suor Angelica. Her interpretation of that particular role at the Royal Opera House in London earned her the Readers Award at the 2016 International Opera Awards. During the 2017 / 2018 season, she appeared in Suor Angelica at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich and she sang in a concert version of Madame Butterfly at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and the Metropolitan Opera. She also made her debut appearance at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires in La Traviata, a role she has sung in numerous theatres around the world, including the New York Metropolitan Opera, London’s Royal Opera House, the Paris Opera, the Vienna Staatsoper, Munich’s Bayerische Staatsoper, the Berlin Staatsoper, Verona, Madrid, Stuttgart, Marseille, Berlin, Stockholm, Hamburg, and Lyon. Her repertoire includes the great heroines of Bellini, Donizetti, Puccini, Rossini and Verdi, the title role in Thaïs (Teatro Real, Madrid, 2018), Antonia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann (a role she performed at the Paris Opera in 2016 and again more recently at the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam), and operas by Auber, Bizet, Chabrier, Gounod, Handel, Milhaud, Mozart, Poulenc, Prokofiev, Rimsky Korsakov, Johann Strauss, Stravinsky, and Tchaikovsky. Her recording of Leoncavallo’s Zaza (Opera Rara) was nominated for the 2017 International Opera Awards. She recently gave her debut performance in the role of Valentine (Les Huguenots) at the Paris Opera. Over the last couple of seasons, she has appeared in La Traviata at Munich’s Bayerische Staatsoper and she sung the roles of Liu (Turandot), Violetta (La Traviata), and Antonia (Les Contes d’Hoffmann) at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, and Desdemona (Otello) at the Royal Opera House in London.
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