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With her recent debuts in several top international opera houses, soprano Julianna Di Giacomo has earned the reputation as one of the exciting young up and coming lyrica-spinto sopranos on the classical music scene today.
This season, Ms. Di Giacomo made her debuts with the Vienna Philharmonic in performances of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with Gustavo Dudamel and the Teatro Municipal de Santiago as Leonora in Il trovatore. She also returned to the New York Philharmonic for Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, Carnegie Hall as Margherita/Elena in Mefistofele with the Collegiate Chorale, Teatro Massimo in Palermo as Desdemona in Otello, and the Teatro Real de Madrid as Elena in I Vespri Siciliani. This summer she returns to the Hollywood Bowl as Nedda in a performance of I Pagliacci with Mo. Dudamel, and next season she returns to the Petruzelli e Teatri di Bari as Madame Lidoine in Dialogues des Carmelites and makes her debut at the Teatro di San Carlo as the title role in Luisa Miller.
Ms. Di Giacomo made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Clotilde in Norma and was subsequently re-engaged for Lina in Stiffelio and Leonora in Il trovatore. Other recent North American engagements have included the Verdi Requiem at the Hollywood Bowl and special performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic in both Los Angeles and Caracas and broadcast live to movie theaters in North and South America; Donna Anna in Don Giovanni at the Los Angeles Opera, excerpts from Don Giovanni with the New York Philharmonic, Il trovatore and Mathilde in Guillaume Tell at the Caramoor International Music Festival, Mme. Lidoine in Dialogues des Carmelites at the Pittsburgh Opera, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni at the New York City Opera, Donna Anna at the New Orleans Opera and Donna Elvira at the Palm Beach Opera. 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 at Lincoln Center as a feature soloist in its Puccini 150th Birthday Celebration gala concert, and most recently made her Cincinnati May Festival debut in a performance of Elijah conducted by James Conlon.
Ms. Di Giacomo recently made her debut at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma in the famed Terme di Caracalla as the title role in Norma. Other European opera engagements have included her debut at Teatro alla Scala as Lucrezia in I due Foscari, Otello at the Petruzelli e Teatri di Bari, Valentine in Les Huguenots and the title role in Suor Angelica at the Teatro Real de Madrid, Les Roys d’Ys at the Opéra National Montpellier, Il trovatore at Teatre Principal de Mao in Minorca, and performances of Il trovatore and Otello with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic. In concert she has sung the Verdi Requiem with the Deutches Symphonie-Orchester in Berlin, with Daniele Gatti and the l'Orchestre National de France at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, and at the Teatro Comunale di Firenze with Zubin Mehta and at the Teatro Massimo.
A native of Santa Monica, CA, Ms. Di Giacomo is a graduate of the San Francisco Opera’s prestigious 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.