Le jour sous le soleil béni: Madame
Chrysanthème (A. Messager)
Joanna Mongiardo, soprano
Craig Ketter, piano
Soprano Joanna Mongiardo, recognized for her effortless coloratura and spellbinding charisma on stage, is in high demand for both operatic and symphonic repertoire in the US and abroad. Recent engagements include her return to the New York City Opera as La Prima Elfe in Respighi’s La campagna sommersa, a return to Boston Midsummer Opera as Adina in L’elisir d’amore, her NY solo recital debut at Opera America, and soloing in Handel’s Messiah at David Geffen Hall with the National Chorale. Ms. Mongiardo also recently sang with Novus NY in a solo recital of music by Bernstein, Mahler and Foss; and later rejoined them to sing Mahler’s 4th Symphony. In the fall of 2019, Ms. Mongiardo rejoined New York City Opera for their 75th Anniversary Concert and Teatro Grattacielo for Respighi’s rarely performed La bella addormentata nel bosco.
Ms. Mongiardo has had great successes in lesser performed works including Cinna in Mozart's Lucio Silla with Odyssey Opera and in the title role of Flotow's Martha with Boston Midsummer Opera. Past engagements have included a role debut as Rossini’s Semiramide with Opéra Nice Côte d’Azur, her Dallas Opera debut as Brigitta in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta, joining the Metropolitan Opera for their production of Manon and a return to the Back Bay Chorale for Mozart’s Mass in C minor.
In recent seasons Ms. Mongiardo has brought the “energy and charm [of] her delicious Blonde" (ForumOpera Magazine) to more than 30 performances of Die Entführung aus dem Serail, including productions at Grande Théâtre de Genève, Opéra Nice Côte d’Azur, and Deutsche Oper am Rhein. A gifted comedienne, her Rosalina in Il Re with Teatro Grattacielo was named “Best Individual Performance of 2011” by Das Opernwelt Jahrbuch, with Opera Today writing, “Joanna Mongiardo, who has a voice of impressive size and warmth, as well as a technique with ornament…also has a putty face, capable of expressing several emotions at once and making fun of herself while expressing them.” Opera News raved, "As the besotted Rosalina, lyric coloratura Joanna Mongiardo scored a triumph, effortlessly negotiating the fiorature, extended trills and stratospheric high notes."
As an ensemble member of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Ms. Mongiardo performed numerous lead roles including Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, Oscar in Un ballo in maschera, Nannetta in Falstaff, and Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro. In the US, her turn as the title character in the 50th Anniversary production of The Ballad of Baby Doe at Central City Opera was praised by Opera News: “Petite, with a theater-filling smile, Mongiardo radiated warmth through her unforced, pearly-fresh timbre.” Reengagements at Central City have included Eurydice in Orpheus in the Underworld, Thérèse in Les Mamelles de Tirésias, and Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi. Debuts as Juliette in Roméo et Juliette with both Madison Opera and Dayton Opera, and Anne Trulove in The Rake’s Progress with Toledo Opera were similarly praised, with Opera Magazine raving, “Mongiardo’s sunny lyric sound surely won all hearts.”
Ms. Mongiardo has graced concert stages from Bellingham, Washington, to Shanghai, China, and has performed her signature Carmina Burana with more than 15 orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, and Oratorio Society of New York. Additionally, she has performed works by Handel, Haydn, Mozart, and Schumann with such prestigious orchestras as: Pittsburgh Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Oregon Symphony, and the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México, under the batons of Charles Dutoit, Philippe Auguin, Jonathan Darlington, John Fiore, Leopold Hager, Neemi Jarvi, JoAnn Falletta and Carlos Miguel Prieto.