"Petite, with a theater-filling smile, Mongiardo radiated warmth through her unforced, pearly-fresh timbre. All five arias showcased aptly shimmering tone; she was likeable and moving throughout." Opera News
Versatile soprano Joanna Mongiardo is recognized for her effortless coloratura and spellbinding charisma on stage, and is in high demand for both operatic and symphonic repertoire internationally. This season, she makes her New York City Opera debut in Resphigi’s La campagna sommersa, returns to Boston Midsummer Opera as Adina in The Elixir of Love, and sings soprano solos in Mozart’s Exultate, jubilate and Requiem with the Commonwealth Chorale.
Most recently, Joanna has had great success as Cinna in Mozart's Lucio Silla with Odyssey Opera and in the title role of Flotow's Martha with Boston Midsummer Opera. The 2014-2015 season included a role debut as Rossini’s Semiramide with Opéra Nice Côte d’Azur, her Dallas Opera debut as Brigitta in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta, and a return to the Back Bay Chorale for Mozart’s Mass in C minor.
In recent seasons, Joanna has brought the “energy and charm [of] her delicious Blonde" (ForumOpera Magazine) to more than 30 performances of Die Entführung aus dem Serail, including productions at Grande Théâtre de Genève, Opéra Nice Côte d’Azur, and Deutsche Oper am Rhein. A gifted comedienne, her Rosalina in Il Re with Teatro Grattacielo was named “Best Individual Performance of 2011” by Das Opernwelt Jahrbuch, with Opera Today writing, “Joanna Mongiardo, who has a voice of impressive size and warmth, as well as a technique with ornament…also has a putty face, capable of expressing several emotions at once and making fun of herself while expressing them.” Opera News raved, "As the besotted Rosalina, lyric coloratura Joanna Mongiardo scored a triumph, effortlessly negotiating the fiorature, extended trills and stratospheric high notes."
As an ensemble member of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Dusseldorf, Joanna performed lead roles including Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, Oscar in Un ballo in maschera, Nannetta in Falstaff, and Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro. In America, her turn as the title character in the 50th Anniversary production of The Ballad of Baby Doe at Central City Opera was praised by Opera News: “Petite, with a theater-filling smile, Mongiardo radiated warmth through her unforced, pearly-fresh timbre.” Reengagements at Central City have included Eurydice in Orpheus in the Underworld, Thérèse in Les Mamelles de Tirésias, and Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi. Debuts as Juliette in Roméo et Juliette with Dayton Opera and Anne Trulove in The Rake’s Progress with Toledo Opera were similarly praised, with Opera Magazine raving, “Mongiardo’s sunny lyric sound surely won all hearts.”
Joanna has graced concert stages from Bellingham, Washington, to Shanghai, China, and has performed her signature Carmina Burana with more than 15 orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, and Oratorio Society of New York. Works by Handel, Haydn, Mozart, and Schumann have taken her to the Pittsburgh Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Oregon Symphony, and the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México, under the batons of Charles Dutoit, Philippe Auguin, Jonathan Darlington, John Fiore, Leopold Hager, Neemi Jarvi, JoAnn Falletta and Carlos Miguel Prieto.