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Ermonela Jaho

Soprano

Biography

Ermonela Jaho in action.
Ermonela Jaho as Sister Angelica in Suor Angelica © ROH 2016. 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 and Mimì (La bohème) for The Royal Opera. She returns in the 2016/17 Season to sing Cio-Cio-San (Madama Butterfly).

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, the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Paris Opéra, Berlin State Opera, Teatro Real, Madrid, Opéra de Lyon and Opéra de Marseille. Her other roles include Cio-Cio-San (Madama Butterfly), the title roles in Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda, Zelmira, Thaïs, Mireille, Zazà, Manon and Manon Lescaut, Mathilde (Guillaume Tell), Amelia Grimaldi (Simon Boccanegra), 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. Her awards include the Readers’ Award at the 2016 International Opera Awards.

Videos

News and features

Winners of 2016 International Opera Awards announced

Winners of 2016 International Opera Awards announced

16 May 2016

Best Conductor Gianandrea Noseda and Best Male Singer Gregory Kunde both appear in The Royal Opera's new production of Il trovatore.

Nominations announced for International Opera Awards 2016

Nominations announced for International Opera Awards 2016

1 March 2016

Nominees include Kasper Holten, Anna Netrebko and Ermonela Jaho.

Watch: Ermonela Jaho on returning to <em>Suor Angelica</em> —  'I sing with a different perception now – I’m more dramatic'

Watch: Ermonela Jaho on returning to Suor Angelica — 'I sing with a different perception now – I’m more dramatic'

7 January 2016

The Albanian soprano stars in the second opera of Puccini’s trio of one-acters, Il trittico.

Photos

Ermonela Jaho as Sister Angelica in Suor Angelica

Lauren Fagan as Sister Genovieffa, Ermonela Jaho as Sister Angelica, Elizabeth Sikora as Mistress of the Novices in Suor Angelica

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

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

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 and Matthew Polenzani as Chevalier Des Grieux 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 in Suor Angelica

Ermonela Jaho

Ermonela Jaho as Manon Lescaut in Manon

Ermonela Jaho as Violetta in Richard Eyre's La traviata

Ermonela Jaho as Sister Angelica, Gillian Webster as Alms Sister, Elizabeth Woollett as Nursing Sister, Elizabeth Sikora as Mistress of the novices in Suor Angelica

Ermonela Jaho as Sister Angelica in Suor Angelica

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

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

Ermonela Jaho as Mimì in La bohème

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

Ermonela Jaho as Sister Angelica in Suor Angelica

Alastair Miles as Le Comte 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 Manon Lescaut and Matthew Polenzani as Chevalier Des Grieux in Manon

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

Ermonela Jaho as Violetta and Stephen Costello as Alfredo in Richard Eyre's La traviata

Ermonela Jaho as Violetta and Stephen Costello as Alfredo in Richard Eyre's La traviata

Ermonela Jaho as Sister Angelica in Suor Angelica

Ermonela Jaho during the Twitter Q&A

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

Matthew Polenzani as Chevalier Des Grieux and 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

Ermonela Jaho as Manon Lescaut in Manon

Ermonela Jaho as Manon Lescaut in Manon