Sicilian mezzo-soprano Josè Maria Lo Monaco makes her Royal Opera debut in the 2019/20 Season as Lola (Cavalleria rusticana).
Lo Monaco graduated with a degree in piano at the Conservatory Vincenzo Bellini in Catania and singing with Bianca Maria Casoni in Milan. In 2005 she made her debut at the Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro, as Marchesa Melibea (Il viaggio a Reims) and at La Scala, Milan, in Rossini’s Petite Messe solennelle. More recent appearances include Isolier (Le Comte Ory) for La Scala, Milan, Carmen for Opera Australia and Opéra de Lyon, Ruggiero (Alcina) for Teatro Real, Madrid, Giulietta (Les Contes d’Hoffmann) for Teatro di San Carlo, Naples, Lola (Cavalleria rusticana) for La Monnaie, Brussels, Angelina (La Cenerentola) in Santiago, Toulon, Rennes, Rome, Bilbao, Florence, Timante (Demofoonte) for Paris Opéra, and Salzburg Festival, Adalgisa (Norma) for Opéra Royal de Wallonie, Charlotte (Werther) in Bologna, Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia) for The Grange Festival, Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro) and Dorabella (Così fan tutte) for La Fenice, Venice , Giovanna Seymour (Anna Bolena) in Catania, Elisabetta (Maria Stuarda) for the Donizetti Festival in Bergamo, Maddalena (Rigoletto) for Aix-en-Provence Festival and Madama La Rose (La gazzetta), Lucilla (La scala di seta) in Pesaro, Ottavia (L’incoronazione di Poppea) in Florence and Music/Messenger (L’Orfeo) in Lausanne.
Lo Monaco has performed a wide range of baroque repertory including operas by Handel and Vivaldi and sacred music, appearing with Europe Galante and Biondi, Ensemble Matheus and Spinosi and La Venexiana and Claudio Cavina and Accademia Bizantina and Ottavio Dantone. She has also performed under the batons of Riccardo Muti, Evelino Pidò, Roberto Abado, Jesús López Cobos, Alan Curtis, Christopher Hogwood, Andrea Marcon and Jordi Savall.She has recorded Monteverdi’s three surviving operas with La Venexiana for Glossa.