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 makes her debuts at the Bayerische Staatsoper as Leonora in Il Trovatore, Teatro La Fenice as Lina in Stiffelio, and Teatro de la Maestranza as Desdemona in Otello. In addition, she will appear with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a concert performance of Tosca with Gustavo Dudamel, Maggio Musicale in Florence for Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Zubin Mehta, the Cincinnati May Festival with James Conlon for Mendolssohn’s Elijah and Dvorak Stabat Mater, and the San Antonio Symphony in concert performances of Il Trovatore.
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 Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera at the San Francisco Opera, both Nedda in Pagliacci and the Verdi Requiem at the Hollywood Bowl, 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; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and excerpts from Don Giovanni with the New York Philharmonic, Margherita/Elena in Mefistofele with the Collegiate Chorale at Carnegie Hall, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni at the Los Angeles Opera, Il trovatore and Mathilde in Guillaume Tell at the Caramoor International Music Festival and Mme. Lidoine in Dialogues des Carmelites at the Pittsburgh Opera. 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.
In Europe, Ms. Di Giacomo most recently made her debut at the Vienna Philharmonic in performances of the Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with Mo. Dudamel. Other European engagements have included Lucrezia in I due Foscari at La Scala, the title role of Norma at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma in the famed Terme di Caracalla, Otello at the Teatro di Bari and the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Valentine in Les Huguenots, Elena in I Vespri Siciliani, and the title role in Suor Angelica at the Teatro Real de Madrid, Le Roys d’Ys at the Opéra National Montpellier and Opera Comique, Il trovatore at Teatre Principal de Mao in Minorca, and performances of Il trovatore, Otello and Un Ballo in Maschera with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic. In concert she has sung the Verdi Requiem with the Deutches Symphonie-Orchester in Berlin under James Conlon, with Daniele Gatti and the l’Orchestre National de France at the Théâtre des Champs–Élysées, the Teatro Comunale di Firenze with Zubin Mehta, the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, and with Los Angeles Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel recorded live from the Hollywood Bowl.
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 numerous scholarships from the Opera Buffs Foundation. Please consider donating to this wonderful foundation which gives grants to young singers.