Season Highlights

  • Debut at New York City Opera in Respighi's La campana sommersa
  • Return to Boston Midsummer Opera as Adina in The Elixir of Love 
  • Soprano soloist in Mozart's Exultate, jubilate and Requiem with Commonwealth Chorale

Biographical Info

  • American soprano of Italian, Greek, and Armenian heritage
  • Earned undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Music from Johns Hopkins University
  • Earned Master of Music degree from Yale University, along with the School of Music Alumni Association Prize
  • Married to Dreux, a West Point graduate and former member of the U.S. Army Special Forces


Career Highlights

  • Das Opernwelt Jahrbuch "Best Individual Performance of 2011" for Rosalina in Il Re with Teatro Grattacielo
  • Title role in The Ballad of Baby Doe in the 50th Anniversary Production at Central City Opera
  • Carmina Burana with more than 15 different orchestras including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, and Oratorio Society of New York
  • Over 30 performances of Blonde with houses including Grande Théâtre de Genève, Opéra Nice Côte d'Azur, and Deutsche Oper am Rhein
  • Orchestral debut with Minnesota Orchestra singing the world premiere of Marc Andre Dalbavie's song cycle Troubador in 2000
  • New York operatic debut as Adina in L'elisir d'amore with Caramoor Festival in 2000
  • European debut as Adele in Die Fledermaus in Greece's Thessaloniki Concert Hall in 2004

 

Photo Credit: Dario Acosta

Photo Credit: Dario Acosta

Photo Credit: Dario Acosta

Photo Credit: Dario Acosta

Critical Acclaim

  • "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. Rosalina is a star in the glorious line and Mongiardo brought the hall to its feet...I forsee a great future for her -- and for Il Re, if she cares to remember it. It's a star vehicle if you've got the star." --Opera Today
  • "Marvel worked very effectively with three of his leading players, gifted singing actors who put across the text superbly. Ryan MacPherson (Tom Rakewell) and Joanna Mongiardo (Anne Trulove) made a radiantly attractive central couple with real chemistry which lent this (to my tastes) somewhat frosty work some emotional pull. Mongiardo's sunny lyric sound surely won all hearts, and she rose to Anne's famous leap to high C." --Opera Magazine
  • "Highlighting the uniformly strong, ebullient cast, soprano Joanna Mongiardo handled the coloratura demands of Eurydice with polished ease, [making] the Act II duo...every bit the comic and technical tour de force it should be." --Opera News
  • "A beacon of light in this dark work, soprano Joanna Mongiardo's pure, well-rounded voice conveyed both innocence and urgency as she pleaded for peace." --The Washington Post

 

Anecdotes

  • Can be heard on the television shows Damages (Season 1, Episode 3) and Lights Out (Season 1, Episode 13)
  • Performed for the inauguration of Kentucky Governer Steve Beshear and Lieutenant Governor Daniel Mongiardo (Joanna's cousin), and is now a Kentucky Colonel
  • Is an avid Yankees fan (who is devastated that Derek Jeter has announced his retirement!)
  • Was a competitive swimmer from ages 5-16 and still swims whenever she gets a chance
  • Learning how to golf from husband Dreux, who is a very patient teacher
  • Fell in love with theater at age 6 when her parents took her to see Annie on Broadway