With appearances in top international opera houses, soprano Julianna Di Giacomo has earned the reputation as one of the exciting young lirica-spinto sopranos on the classical music scene today.
This season Ms. Di Giacomo’s many engagements include Desdemona in Otello with Gustavo Dudamel at the Metropolitan Opera, John Cage’s Europeras I & II with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a production directed by Yuval Sharon and the title role of Tosca with Yannick Nézet-Séguin with the Philadelphia Orchestra in Vail Colorado.
DiGiacomo, if not 100% flawless, proves quite remarkable here, her superb dynamic control, ability to soar over the assembled forces and deep commitment to the text very persuasive.
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 her role debut as the title role in Tosca in a performance at the Hollywood Bowl with Mo. Dudamel, Amelia in Ballo in Maschera at the San Francisco Opera, Both Desdemona in Otello and Nedda in Pagliacci along with a live recording of the Verdi Requiem with Mo. Dudamel at the Hollywood Bowl, special performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with Mo. 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 Mefestofele with the Collegiate Chorale and I due Foscari with Opera Orchestra New York at Carnegie Hall, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni at the Los Angeles Opera, and Il Trovatore and Mathilde in Guillaume Tell at the Caramoor International Music Festival. She also appeared at Lincoln Center as a feature soloist in its Puccini 150th Birthday Celebration gala concert, and has made multiple appearances at the Cincinnati May Festival singing Elijah and Dvorak Stabat Mater with James Conlon.
Ms. Di Giacomo made her South American debut at the Teatro Municipal de Santiago as Leonora in Il Trovatore.
In Europe, Ms. Di Giacomo made her debut at the Teatro alla Scala as Lucrezia in I due Foscari. Other European engagements have included Maddalena in Andrea Chenier at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Leonora in Il Trovatore at Ópera de Oviedo, the title role in Norma and Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Lina in Stiffelio at Teatro La Fenice, Desdemona at the Teatro Petruzelli di Bari, Teatro de la Maestranza and Teatro Massimo; Elisabetta in Don Carlo at Maggio Musicale Fiorentino; Valentine in Les Huguenot, Elena in I Vespri Siciliani, and the title role in Suor Angelica at the Teatro Real de Madrid; Il Trovatore at the Bayerische Staatsopera Munich, Les 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.
Her performance registered as a revelation. The radiant power of her voice, the ease and beauty of her phrasing and the rich, gleaming tone throughout her range.
The Mercury News
In concert she has sung Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Mo. Dudamel and the Vienna Philharmonic, on tour with the Simon Bolivar Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic both with Mo. Duduamel and also on tour with Zubin Mehta and the Teatro Massimo Palermo and Teatro San Carlo Napoli; she has also sung the Verdi Requiem with the Deutches Symphonie-Orchester in Berlin with James Conlon, the Teatro Comunale di Firenze with Zubin Mehta, l’Orchestre National de France at the Champs-Èlysées with Daniele Gatti, Goteburg Symphony of Sweden, Vlaamse Opera Ghent and Antwerp, and at the Teatro Massimo Palermo.
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.