Lebanese-Canadian soprano Joyce El-Khoury made her Royal Opera debut in the 2016/17 Season as Violetta (La traviata). She returns in the 2017/18 Season to sing Sylvia (L’Ange de Nisida) in concert.
El-Khoury studied at the University of Ottawa, the Academy of Vocal Arts, Philadelphia, and the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artists Development Program, New York. Opera engagements include Violetta for Glyndebourne Festival, Welsh National Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Dutch National Opera, Savonlinna Opera Festival and Canadian Opera Company, Maria Stuarda for Seattle Opera, Desdemona (Otello) for Castleton Festival, Musetta (La bohème) for Bavarian State Opera, Canadian Opera Company and Dutch National Opera, Mimì (La bohème) for the Canadian Opera Company, Micaëla (Carmen) for Santa Fe Opera, Juliette (Roméo et Juliette) for Austin Opera and Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus) for Vancouver Opera.
El-Khoury’s engagements in contemporary opera include the title role in Tobias Picker’s Emmeline for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and Tatyana Bakst (Jake Heggie’s Great Scott) for San Diego Opera. Concert engagements include Beethoven’s Missa solemnis with Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and Lorin Maazel, the title role in Rusalka at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw with James Gaffigan, Pauline (Donizetti’s Les Martyrs) at the Southbank Centre with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Mark Elder, Antonia (Donizetti’s Belisario) at the Barbican with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Rossini’s Stabat Mater with Orchestre de Paris and Jésus López Cobos and a gala concert with Juan Diego Flórez at the Beiteddine Festival. Her recordings include Les Martyrs and Belisario for Opera Rara.
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This month features a magnificent recording of the Ring Cycle, an exceptional disc by Sonya Yoncheva and a new recording of Donizetti's rarely-performed Les Martyrs.