UK Opera Theatre welcomes acclaimed soprano

"A beacon of light in this dark work, soprano Joanna Mongiardo's pure, well-rounded voice conveyed both innocence and urgency as she pleaded for peace." --The Washington Post

Acclaimed soprano Joanna Mongiardo will be on UK's campus as a visiting lecturer and guest artist in the UK Opera Theatre program February 4 through 9. She will offer a voice masterclass from 12:30 to 1:50 p.m. Thursday, February 7, in the Singletary Center Recital Hall. The masterclass is open to UK students who have signed up to sing.

Mongiardo is an American soprano of Italian, Greek, and Armenian heritage. She earned her MM from Yale University with undergraduate degrees from Johns Hopkins University. Career highlights include:

  • Das Opernwelt Jahrbuch "Best Individual Performance of 2011" for Rosalina in Il Re with Teatro Grattacielo
  • Title role in The Ballad of Baby Doe in the 50th Anniversary Production at Central City Opera
  • Carmina Burana with more than 15 different orchestras including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, and Oratorio Society of New York
  • Over 30 performances of Blonde with houses including Grande Théâtre de Genève, Opéra Nice Côte d'Azur, and Deutsche Oper am Rhein
  • Orchestral debut with Minnesota Orchestra singing the world premiere of Marc Andre Dalbavie's song cycle Troubador in 2000
  • New York operatic debut as Adina in L'elisir d'amore with Caramoor Festival in 2000
  • European debut as Adele in Die Fledermaus in Greece's Thessaloniki Concert Hall in 2004

More information can be found on Mongiardo's website,