Josè Maria Lo Monaco

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Josè Maria Lo Monaco

mezzosoprano
representation zone: General Management - World

Highlights

  • Bizet’s Carmen (title-role) – Sydney Opera House – 2017
  • Rossini’s Cenerentola (title-role) - Santiago del Chile – 2017
  • Rossini’s Cenerentola (title-role) – Opera di Firenze  - 2017
  • Bellini’s Norma (Adalgisa) – Opéra Royal de Wallonie Liège – 2017
  • Monteverdi’s Ritorno di Ulisse - european tour  R. Jacobs 2017
  • Massenet’s Werther (Charlotte) – Teatro Comunale di Bologna - M.Mariotti – 2016
  • Monteverdi’s Orfeo (Musica, Speranza) – Lausanna, new production of R. Carsen  - 2016
  • Handel’s Serse (title-role) – Liceu Barcelona / Auditorio Madrid –  JC Spinosi- 2016
  • Rossini’s Cenerentola (title-role) – Bilbao, Abao – 2016
  • Rossini’s Cenerentola (title-role) – Opera di Roma,  new production of Emma Dante – 2016
  • Handel’s Alcina, (Ruggiero) –  Teatro Real Madrid –  C.Moulds/D.Alden
  • Rossini’s la Gazzetta  (Madame LaRose) –  Rossini Opera Festival  - E.Mazzonis/M.Carniti
  • Rossini’s Comte Ory (Isolier) – Teatro alla Scala  - D.Renzetti /L.Pelly
  • Bizet’s Carmen (title-role) – Opéra de Lyon  new production of Oliver Py /S Montanari
  • Mozart’s  Così fan tutte (Dorabella) & Le Nozze di Figaro – La Fenice  - D. Michieletto
  • Monteverdi’s Incoronazione, Orfeo, Ulisse – cd Glossa – conductor  C. Cavina – Venexiana
  • Donizetti’s  Maria Stuarda (Elisabetta) – Festival Donizetti Bergamo with M. Devia

 

BIOGRAPHY

One of the most promising mezzo of her generation, she made her debut at the Rossini Opera Festival Accademy in Pesaro as Melibea in Viaggio a Reims in 2005 (she returned at R.O.F.  in Italiana in Algeri, La Scala di Seta and La Gazzetta) and the same season she debuted at Teatro La Scala in Petite Messe Solennelle, and Dido and Aeneas..   She graduated in piano at the Conservatory Vincenzo Bellini (Catania) and began studying singing with mezzo-soprano Bianca Maria Casoni in Milan. Very soon, she was invited by many Italian and French opera houses.  She made her debut at the Opéra de Paris and Salzburg Festival as Timante in Jommelli’s Demofoonte with Riccardo Muti staged by Cesare Levi. More recently she sang Carmen at the Opéra National de Lyon staged by Olivier Py, dir Stefano Montanari, awarded “production of the year” by Mezzo television !

Josè Maria Lo Monaco returned to La Scala and took part in the productions of Donna del Lago, Oberto Conte di San Bonifacio and Le Comte Ory in 2014/2015 season. She had a great personal success as Isolier staged by L.Pelly, with Juan Diego Florez as Comte. She is invited in the most prestigious theatres : La Scala in Milan, Teatro Real of Madrid, Teatro Liceu in Barcellona, Opèra Ganier in Paris, Salzburg Festival, La Fenice in Venice, Rossini Opera Festival, Opèra de Lyon etc.. collaborating with conductors such as Roberto Abbado, Fabio Biondi, Ottavio Dantone, Enrique Mazzola, Stefano Montanari, Riccardo Muti, Antonio Pappano, Evelino Pidò, Alberto Zedda, Donato Renezetti, Jean Christophe Spinosì, … and director such as Daniele Abbado (La Cenerentola in Bari), Robert Carsen (Rigoletto at Aix en Provence), Damiano Michieletto (Così fan Tutte, Nozze di Figaro, Gazza Ladra, Barbiere di Siviglia), Cesare Levi (Demofoonte at Opéra Paris/Salzburg, Pier Luigi Pizzi (Incoronazione di Poppea in Florence), Olivier Py (Carmen at Opéra de Lyon), Graham Vick (Anna Bolena in Palermo)…

She played many roles including : Angelina in La Cenerentola, Rosina in Il Barbiere di SivigliaAdalgisa in Norma Giovanna Seymour  in Anna BolenaElisabetta in Maria StuardaDorabella in Così fan Tutte, Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, Orfeo in Orfeo ed Euridice; Cornelia in Giulio Cesare,  Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Carmen in Carmen, Ottavia in Incoronazione di Poppea,  Isolier in Le Comte Ory

 

Her debut in La Cenerentola (title-role) was in Italy (Petruzzelli Bari, Reggio Emilia, Cagliari) with Evelino Pido, staged by Daniele Abbado. She performed the role again in 2015 in Rennes in the historical production of Jerome Savary and in 2016 in Rome Opera in a new production of Emma Dante. Josè Maria Lo Monaco also does concerts and recitals. Very fond of Handel repertoire she recently sang Alcina, Ruggiero, in Madrid, Teatro Real and Serse, title role, at Liceu Barcelona.

She regularly collaborates with important orchestras : Vivaldi’s Tito Manlio in London Barbican, Giuditta in Betulia Liberata in Bremen, Judithain Vivaldi’s Juditha Triumphans in Krakow and Cornelia in Giulio Cesare in european tour, under the baton of Ottavio Dantone and Accademia Bizantina; Alceste in Handel’s Admeto and Ottavia in Incoronazione di Poppea with Alan Curtis and Complesso Barocco; Alcina in Vivaldi’s Orlando Furioso in european tour with J.C.Spinosi and Ensemble Matheus; Nerone in Handel’s Agrippina and Alessandro in Scarlatti’s Carlo Re d’Allemagna under the baton of Fabio Biondi and Europa Galante …  In the sacred repertoire she sang Rossini’s Stabat Mater in Vatican under the baton of J. L. Cobos for S.S. Pope Benedict XVI and the president of Italian Republic, and recently Bach’s Magnificat with Antonio Pappano at Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Rome and Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with Jean Christophe Spinosì, European tour. In Monteverdi’s repertoire Josè Maria sang Messaggera and Speranza in Orfeo with Andrea Marcon, Jordi Savall, Claudio Cavina;  Ottavia in Incoronazione di Poppea with Alan Curtis…She recorded for Glossa (with La Venexiana, Claudio Cavina) the trilogy as Messaggera in Orfeo (Gramophone Award 2008), Ottone in L’Incoronazione di Poppea and Penelope in Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria.

 

Last performances include: La Cenerentola in Bilbao, ABAO, in Florence and in Santiago de Chile;  Monteverdi’s Orfeo at Opéra de Losanna; Serse, title role, Liceu and Madrid with J.C.Spinosì; Werther, Charlotte, in Bologna with Michele Mariotti; Norma, Adalgisa, in Liége; Carmen, title role, in Sidney …

The range of her future engagements is various and diverse : Cavalleria Rusticana in Bruxelles, La Monnaie; Barbiere di Siviglia, Rosina, in Grange Festival; Le Conte Ory, Isolier in Liége Opera Royal de Wallonie Liége.

 

Last edited January 2018

 

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