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Ermonela Jaho

Soprano

Biography

Ermonela Jaho in action.
Ermonela Jaho in Madama Butterfly © ROH 2017. Photograph by Bill Cooper

Albanian soprano Ermonela Jaho made her Royal Opera debut in 2008 as Violetta Valéry (La traviata) and has since sung Suor Angelica, Magda (La rondine), Massenet’s Manon, Mimì (La bohème) and Cio-Cio-San (Madama Butterfly) for The Royal Opera.

Jaho was born in Tirana and began studying singing 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 aged 17, and has gone on to become a leading interpreter of the role, performing for companies including Vienna State Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Metropolitan Opera, New York, Paris Opéra, Berlin State Opera, Teatro Real, Madrid, Opéra de Lyon and Opéra de Marseilles. Further engagements include Cio-Cio-San for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Teatro Real, Madrid, Opera Australia and Paris Opéra, Puccini’s Manon Lescaut and Suor Angelica for Bavarian State Opera, Desdemona (Otello) for the Liceu, Barcelona, Antonia (Les Contes d’Hoffmann) for Paris Opéra and Dutch National Opera, Valentine (Les Huguenots) for Paris Opéra, Anna Bolena in Toulon, Mathilde (Guillaume Tell) for La Monnaie, Brussels, and Blanche de la Force (Dialogues des Carmélites) in Bari.

Jaho’s recordings include DVDs of Il trittico with The Royal Opera (Opus Arte) and La traviata at the Arena di Verona and Leoncavallo’s Zazà for Opera Rara. Her awards include the Readers’ Award at the 2016 International Opera Awards.

Videos

News and features

'Do you think I could be in an opera one day?': Schoolchildren quiz soprano Ermonela Jaho

2 May 2017
'Do you think I could be in an opera one day?': Schoolchildren quiz soprano Ermonela Jaho

As booking opens for the new Season's Schools' Matinees, soprano Ermonela Jaho answers schoolchildren's questions about opera.

Watch: Uncovering the musical secrets of Puccini's Madama Butterfly

10 April 2017
Watch: Uncovering the musical secrets of Puccini's <em>Madama Butterfly</em>

Antonio Pappano and Ermonela Jaho unpick the opera's famous score with a musical masterclass.

Puccini’s Madama Butterfly to be relayed live to cinemas on 30 March 2017

27 March 2017
Puccini’s <em>Madama Butterfly</em> to be relayed live to cinemas on 30 March 2017

The opera about a heartbroken Japanese geisha will be conducted by Music Director of The Royal Opera Antonio Pappano and star Ermonela Jaho.

Photos

Charles Castronovo as Alfredo Germont, Plácido Domingo as Giorgio Germont, Ermonela Jaho as Violetta Valéry and Catherine Carby as Annina in La traviata, The Royal Opera

Ermonela Jaho as Violetta Valéry and Charles Castronovo as Alfredo Germont in La traviata, The Royal Opera

Ermonela Jaho as Violetta Valéry in La traviata, The Royal Opera

Ermonela Jaho as Violetta Valéry and Charles Castronovo as Alfredo Germont in La traviata, The Royal Opera

Charles Castronovo as Alfredo Germont and Ermonela Jaho as Violetta Valéry in La traviata, The Royal Opera

Ermonela Jaho as Violetta Valéry in La traviata, The Royal Opera

Ermonela Jaho as Sister Angelica in Suor Angelica

Ermonela Jaho as Sister Angelica in Suor Angelica

Anna Larsson as The Princess, Ermonela Jaho as Sister Angelica in Suor Angelica

Ermonela Jaho in Madama Butterfly

Marcelo Puente and Ermonela Jaho in Madama Butterfly

Ermonela Jaho in Madama Butterfly

Marcelo Puente and Ermonela Jaho in Madama Butterfly

Ermonela Jaho as Mimì and Charles Castronovo as Rodolfo in La bohème

Charles Castronovo as Rodolfo and Ermonela Jaho as Mimì in La bohème

Ermonela Jaho in La traviata

Ermonela Jaho as Violetta in Richard Eyre's La traviata

Ermonela Jaho in La traviata, The Royal Opera

Ermonela Jaho as Manon Lescaut and Matthew Polenzani as Chevalier Des Grieux in Manon

Ermonela Jaho as Manon Lescaut in Manon

Ermonela Jaho as Manon Lescaut in Manon

Ermonela Jaho as Manon Lescaut and Matthew Polenzani as Chevalier Des Grieux in Manon

Ermonela Jaho as Manon Lescaut in Manon

Matthew Polenzani as Chevalier Des Grieux and Ermonela Jaho as Manon Lescaut in Manon

Ermonela Jaho as Manon Lescaut in Manon

Ermonela Jaho as Manon Lescaut in Manon

Ermonela Jaho as Sister Angelica in Suor Angelica

Ermonela Jaho as Violetta Valéry and Plácido Domingo as Giorgio Germont in La traviata, The Royal Opera

Production photo of La traviata, The Royal Opera

Ermonela Jaho as Violetta Valéry and Charles Castronovo as Alfredo Germont in La traviata, The Royal Opera

Charles Castronovo as Alfredo Germont and Ermonela Jaho as Violetta Valéry in La traviata, The Royal Opera

Charles Castronovo as Alfredo Germont, Ermonela Jaho as Violetta Valéry, Catherine Carby as Annina and Simon Shibambu as Doctor Grenvil in La traviata, The Royal Opera

Ermonela Jaho as Violetta Valéry in La traviata, The Royal Opera

Ermonela Jaho as Violetta Valéry and Charles Castronovo as Alfredo Germont in La traviata, The Royal Opera

Elizabeth DeShong and Ermonela Jaho in Madama Butterfly

Marcelo Puente and Ermonela Jaho in Madama Butterfly