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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) and has since sung Suor Angelica, Magda (La rondine), Massenet's Manon and Mimì (La bohème) 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 at 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.

Photos

Simona Mihai as Musetta, Charles Castronovo as Rodolfo and Ermonela Jaho as Mimì in La bohème

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

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

Donald Maxwell as Alcindoro, Simona Mihai as Musetta, Charles Castronovo as Rodolfo and Ermonela Jaho as Mimì in La bohème

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

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

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 in Suor Angelica

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

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 Mimì and Charles Castronovo as Rodolfo in La bohème

Ermonela Jaho as Mimì in La bohème

Charles Castronovo as Rodolfo, Markus Werba as Marcello, Ermonela Jaho as Mimì, Daniel Grice as Schaunard, and Jongmin Park as Colline in La bohème

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

Ermonela Jaho as Manon Lescaut in Manon

Ermonela Jaho as Manon Lescaut in Manon

Ermonela Jaho

Ermonela Jaho as Violetta in Richard Eyre's La traviata

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

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

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, The Royal Opera

Ermonela Jaho as Manon Lescaut in Manon

Ermonela Jaho as Manon Lescaut in Manon

Alastair Miles as Le Comte des Grieux and Ermonela Jaho as Manon Lescaut in Manon

Ermonela Jaho as Manon Lescaut in Manon