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Ermonela Jaho

Soprano

Biography

Ermonela Jaho in action.
Ermonela Jaho as Violetta in Richard Eyre's La traviata © Catherine Ashmore/ROH 2012

Albanian soprano Ermonela Jaho made her Royal Opera debut in 2008 as Violetta Valéry (La traviata), stepping in at short notice for an indisposed Anna Netrebko. She sang the role with The Royal Opera in 2010, on the main stage and on the Company's Japan tour, and in 2012. Jaho also stepped in at short notice to sing Suor Angelica in September 2011, and returned to The Royal Opera in 2013 to sing Magda (La rondine). In the 2013/14 Season she sings the title role in Manon and Mimì (La bohème) for The Royal Opera.

Born in Tirana, Albania, Jaho began singing lessons at the age of six. She studied in Tirana and at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. She made her operatic debut as Violetta in Tirana at the early age of 17, and has gone on to become one of the world’s leading interpreters of the role. She has sung Violetta for leading opera companies worldwide, including Vienna State Opera, Bavarian State Opera and Berlin State Opera. Her other roles include Anna Bolena, Manon, Micaëla (Carmen), Amelia Grimaldi (Simon Boccanegra), Mimì, Cio-Cio-San (Madama Butterfly), Liù (Turandot) and Blanche de la Force (Dialogues des Carmélites).

Jaho’s recordings include DVDs of Il trittico with The Royal Opera (Opus Arte) and La traviata at the Arena di Verona.

Videos

News and features

Your Reaction: La bohème 2014

Your Reaction: La bohème 2014

10 July 2014

What did you think of John Copley's much-loved production of Puccini's great romance?

Watch: Ermonela Jaho on La bohème

Watch: Ermonela Jaho on La bohème

22 April 2014

The Albanian soprano on why she loves the opera, and what drives the character of Mimì.

Your Reaction: Manon

Your Reaction: Manon

15 January 2014

A selection of audience tweets from the opening night of Massenet's classic.

Watch: Ermonela Jaho on Manon

Watch: Ermonela Jaho on Manon

13 January 2014

The soprano discusses the appealing - and deeply flawed - heroine of Massenet’s opera.

Listen: Ermonela Jaho - 'I don't think to control myself when I sing'

Listen: Ermonela Jaho - 'I don't think to control myself when I sing'

20 December 2013

The Albanian soprano tells BBC Radio 3 about the appeal of Manon, and the tragedy that inspired her enthralling performance in Suor Angelica.

Q&A: Ermonela Jaho

Q&A: Ermonela Jaho

12 July 2013

The Albanian soprano answers your questions on her extraordinary ROH debut as Violetta and the most important skills for a singer.

Photos

Ermonela Jaho as Manon Lescaut and Matthew Polenzani as Chevalier Des Grieux in Manon © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Ermonela Jaho as Manon Lescaut and Matthew Polenzani as Chevalier Des Grieux in Manon © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Ermonela Jaho as Manon Lescaut in Manon © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Ermonela Jaho as Manon Lescaut in Manon © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Ermonela Jaho as Manon Lescaut in Manon © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Ermonela Jaho as Manon Lescaut in Manon © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Matthew Polenzani as Chevalier Des Grieux and Ermonela Jaho as Manon Lescaut in Manon © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Ermonela Jaho as Manon Lescaut and Matthew Polenzani as Chevalier Des Grieux in Manon © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Ermonela Jaho as Manon Lescaut and Matthew Polenzani as Chevalier Des Grieux in Manon © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Matthew Polenzani as Chevalier Des Grieux and Ermonela Jaho as Manon Lescaut in Manon © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Matthew Polenzani as Chevalier Des Grieux and Ermonela Jaho as Manon Lescaut in Manon © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Ermonela Jaho as Manon Lescaut in Manon © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Ermonela Jaho as Manon Lescaut in Manon © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Ermonela Jaho as Manon Lescaut in Manon © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Ermonela Jaho as Manon Lescaut in Manon © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Alastair Miles as Le Comte des Grieux and Ermonela Jaho as Manon Lescaut in Manon © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Ermonela Jaho as Manon Lescaut in Manon © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Ermonela Jaho as Manon Lescaut in Manon © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Ermonela Jaho as Manon Lescaut in Manon © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Ermonela Jaho as Manon Lescaut in Manon © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Ermonela Jaho as Manon Lescaut and Matthew Polenzani as Chevalier Des Grieux in Manon © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Ermonela Jaho as Manon Lescaut and Matthew Polenzani as Chevalier Des Grieux in Manon © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Ermonela Jaho as Manon Lescaut in Manon © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Ermonela Jaho as Manon Lescaut and Matthew Polenzani as Chevalier Des Grieux in Manon © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Matthew Polenzani as Chevalier Des Grieux and Ermonela Jaho as Manon Lescaut in Manon © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Matthew Polenzani as Chevalier Des Grieux and Ermonela Jaho as Manon Lescaut in Manon © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Ermonela Jaho as Manon Lescaut in Manon © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Ermonela Jaho as Manon Lescaut in Manon © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Ermonela Jaho as Manon Lescaut in Manon © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Ermonela Jaho as Manon Lescaut in Manon © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Charles Castronovo as Rodolfo and Ermonela Jaho as Mimì in La bohème © ROH / Catherine

Simona Mihai as Musetta, Charles Castronovo as Rodolfo and Ermonela Jaho as Mimì in La bohème © ROH / Catherine Ashmore

Ermonela Jaho as Mimì and Charles Castronovo as Rodolfo in La bohème © ROH / Catherine Ashmore

Charles Castronovo as Rodolfo and Ermonela Jaho as Mimì in La bohème © ROH / Catherine Ashmore

Ermonela Jaho as Mimì and Charles Castronovo as Rodolfo in La bohème © ROH / Catherine Ashmore

Charles Castronovo as Rodolfo and Ermonela Jaho as Mimì in La bohème © ROH / Catherine Ashmore