With her recent debuts in several top international opera houses, soprano JULIANNA DI GIACOMO (Una Poenitentium) has earned the reputation as one of the exciting young up and coming lyrica-spinto sopranos on the classical music scene today.
Di Giacomo recently returned to the Metropolitan Opera as Leonora in Il trovatore and to the Caramoor International Music Festival as Mathilde in Guillaume Tell. She also made her debuts at the Pittsburgh Opera as Mme. Lidoine in Dialogues des Carmelites, the Teatro Real de Madrid as Valentine in Les Hugenots, and the Cincinnati May Festival in a performance of Elijah, conducted by James Conlon. Future engagements include her return to the Teatro Real de Madrid and the Israel Philharmonic, and her debuts at the Los Angeles Opera and in Valencia, Parma, Amsterdam, and Santiago.
Di Giacomo made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Clotilde in Norma and was subsequently re-engaged for Lina in Stiffelio. Other recent North American engagements have included Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni at the New York City Opera, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni at the New Orleans Opera, Donna Elvira at the Palm Beach Opera, Countess in Le nozze di Figaro at Opera Grand Rapids, and Leonora at the Caramoor International Music Festival. She made her Carnegie Hall debut as Lucrezia in I due Foscari with Eve Queler and the Opera Orchestra of New York and returned for a performance of Rossini’s Stabat Mater and as a featured recitalist in the Opera Orchestra of New York’s Rising Stars Series. She also appeared as Lincoln Center as a feature soloist in its Puccini 150th Birthday Celebration gala concert.
Di Giacomo recently made her debut at the Teatro alla Scala as Lucrezia in I due Foscari. Other European engagements have included Verdi’s Messa da Requiem at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo and with the Deutches Symphonie-Orchester in Berlin. In addition she has appeared with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic in performances of Il trovatore.
A native of Santa Monica, CA, Julianna Di Giacomo is a graduate of the San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program and the Santa Fe Opera’s Apprentice Program. Her many awards include the Leonie Rysanek Prize from the George London Foundation, the Top Prize from the Gerda Lissner Foundation, the First Prize from the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation Competition, the NYCO Richard F. Gold Career Grant for her portrayal of Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, and a prize-winner at the Loren Zachary Vocal Competition.