Ermonela Jaho

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Ermonela Jaho
Jaho, winner of the International Opera Awards in 2016
Background information
Tirana, Albania
Occupation(s)Opera singer (soprano)
Years active1995–present

Ermonela Jaho is an Albanian operatic soprano.[1] She was described in The Economist as "the world’s most acclaimed soprano".[2] The Financial Times said "Ermonela Jaho throws heart and soul into her singing... Don't even try to resist".[3]

The Guardian has described her as "one of the great verismo interpreters".[4] and on another article "Ermonela Jaho triumphs in Madama Butterfly".[5]


Jaho began studying singing at the age of six. After completing her studies at the Liceu Artistik "Jordan Misja" in Tirana in 1992, she entered the Academy of Fine Arts in Tirana where she studied for one year. After winning a competition organized by the Italian soprano Katia Ricciarelli in Albania, she moved to Italy in 1993 where she studied for one year at the Academy of Mantova. After completing her studies she joined the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, where she studied singing and piano for five years.


She has won many international competitions including the Giacomo Puccini competition in Milan, Italy 1997, Spontini International Competition in Ancona, Italy 1998, Zandonai in Rovereto, Italy 1999, and The Best Singer at the Wexford Festival, 2000. She has performed in opera houses worldwide including the Royal Opera in London,[6] the Metropolitan Opera,[7] Teatro Real Madrid,[8] the Berlin Staatsoper, Opera National de Paris,[9] Theatre des Champs-Élysées, Staatsoper Vienna, Bayerische Staatsoper,[10] Opera Australia,[11] Teatro Colon Buenos Aires,[12] Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, Teatro alla Scala,[13] Teatro San Carlo Naples, Theatro Municipal de Sae Paulo, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Opéra de Marseille, Arena di Verona, etc. Her repertoire ranges from Violetta in La traviata, Maria Stuarda, Madame Butterfly, Manon, Mireille, Amina in La sonnambula, Mimi in La bohème, Michaela in Carmen, Giulietta in I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Angelica in Suor Angelica,[14] Anna Bolena, etc.[15]

In 2016 she won the Readers' award (public's award) at International Opera Awards in London.[16]


  1. ^ Shqip, Gazeta (2014-04-05). "Rama nderon me medalje sopranon Ermonela Jaho: Ambasadorja jonë më e mirë në botë | Gazeta SHQIP Online" (in Albanian). Retrieved 2017-12-17.
  2. ^ "How Ermonela Jaho became the world's most acclaimed soprano". The Economist. 28 May 2016. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Subscribe to read". Financial Times. Retrieved 2017-12-17.
  4. ^ Ashley, Tim (2017-03-28). "Madama Butterfly review – the whole evening is outstanding". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-12-17.
  5. ^ Maddocks, Fiona (2017-03-26). "The First Commandment; Madama Butterfly review – child's play at the opera". The Observer. ISSN 0029-7712. Retrieved 2017-12-17.
  6. ^ "Ermonela Jaho — People — Royal Opera House". Retrieved 2017-12-17.
  7. ^ "Ermonela Jaho". Retrieved 2017-12-17.
  8. ^ Gago, Luis (2017-06-29). "Crítica | Madame Jaho". EL PAÍS (in Spanish). Retrieved 2017-12-17.
  9. ^ "Ermonela Jaho". Opéra national de Paris. Retrieved 2017-12-17.
  10. ^ Staatsoper, Bayerische. "Jaho Ermonela". Bayerische Staatsoper. Retrieved 2017-12-17.
  11. ^ "Ermonela Jaho | Opera Australia". Retrieved 2017-12-17.
  12. ^ "Ermonela Jaho". Teatro Colón. 2017-09-07. Retrieved 2017-12-17.
  13. ^ Music .Critic (2012-06-26), Ermonela Jaho - RAI - Manon - Teatro alla Scala, retrieved 2017-12-17
  14. ^ "2011-12", Whitaker's Shorts: Five Years in Review, Whitaker's, London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2012, ISBN 9781408192825
  15. ^ Soprano shqiptare Ermonela Jaho, "Thais" në San Paolo, Brazil [The Albanian soprano Ermonela Jaho, "Thais" in San Paolo, Brasil] (in Albanian), Zhournal News Agency, 2015-07-22, archived from the original on 2016-02-05, retrieved 2016-01-06
  16. ^ "Winners of 2016 International Opera Awards announced — News — Royal Opera House". Retrieved 2017-12-17.

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