…from her first soliloquy to her final aria as she laments her fate, she commands the stage with radiant authority. Her pianissimi are exquisite, her coloratura is bold, fearless and flawless, and the expressiveness of her sound grips the heart.
- The Independent (La Traviata, Covent Garden, January 2017) -
Of Joyce El-Khoury’s performance as Violetta in her recent Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (ROH) debut, the Independent wrote: “Her pianissimi are exquisite, her coloratura is bold, fearless and flawless, and the expressiveness of her sound grips the heart”. She is embracing her gift for bel canto repertoire with the release of her debut solo album ‘Echo’ with maestro Carlo Rizzi and The Hallé Orchestra (Opera Rara) later this summer.
After a Glyndebourne Festival debut in August as Violetta in La traviata, Ms. El-Khoury will continue to explore new territory in 2017-18 including her role/company debut with Theater St. Gallen in the role of Imogene in Il pirata, her debut with Teatro Real Madrid as Musetta in La bohème, and a role creation in a never-before-heard Donizetti opera as Sylvia in L’ange de Nisida in her return to the ROH, in collaboration with Opera Rara whose new edition of the work, they will record for international release.
In the 2016-2017 season, Ms. El-Khoury made several major debuts: first in London at the ROH as Violetta in La traviata; and with Opéra National de Bordeaux as Leila in Les Pêcheurs de Perles. She also made role and house debuts with Opera Philadelphia as Liù in Turandot, and as Salome in Massenet’s Herodiade with Washington Concert Opera. She appeared in concert at the Festival Saint-Denis as soloist in Rossini’s Stabat Mater and with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis.
Last season, Ms. El-Khoury performed Violetta in La traviata with the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto, Musetta in La bohème with the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Tatyana in Eugene Onegin with North Carolina Opera, and joined the roster of San Diego Opera to perform the role of Tatyana Bakst in Jake Heggie’s new opera Great Scott, alongside Frederica von Stade, Nathan Gunn, Isabel Leonard, and Anthony Roth Costanzo. Ms. El-Khoury garnered raves when she starred in the title role of Maria Stuarda at Seattle Opera, replacing an ailing colleague in addition to giving her own scheduled performances, in some instances singing back to back engagements. On the concert stage, Ms. El-Khoury debuted with the Orchestre de Paris in Rossini’s Stabat Mater, under the baton of Jesús López-Cobos, and performed in concerts in Austria with Elīna Garanča, and in Spain with Juan Diego Flórez.
Engagements in the 2014-15 season included Violetta in La traviata with Lyric Opera of Kansas City and the Savonlinna Opera Festival in Finland. She took on the title role of Tobias Picker’s Emmeline with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, to critical acclaim. She was heard in concert with Juan Diego Flórez at the Beiteddine Festival in Lebanon, performed Juliette in Roméo et Juliette with Austin Lyric Opera, made a return to Dutch National Opera to sing Musetta in La bohème, and joined Vancouver Opera as Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus. Additionally, Ms. El-Khoury performed and recorded the role of Pauline in Donizetti’s Les Martyrs with Opera Rara at the Royal Festival Hall in London.
Further engagements of note include her Canadian Opera Company debut as both Mimì and Musetta in Puccini’s La bohème; the title role in Dvorak’s Rusalka with the San Antonio Symphony/Opera San Antonio, North Carolina Opera and the Concertgebouw; her company debut with Santa Fe Opera as Micaela in their production of Bizet’s Carmen; her debut with Korean National Opera as Violetta in La traviata; Verdi’s Requiem at the Al Bustan Festival in Beirut; La bohème and Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the Munich Philharmonic; Marguerite in Faust with Opera Camerata of Washington, D.C.; Mozart’s Requiem with the New York Choral Society in Carnegie Hall; and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Bruckner’s Te Deum with the Baltimore Symphony.
Born in Lebanon and brought up in Canada, Ms. El-Khoury earned her Bachelor of Music at the University of Ottawa. She received her Artist Diploma from the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, and is a graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. She is a First Prize winner in many competitions including: the Loren L. Zachary Competition, the Opera Index Competition, the George London Foundation, and the Mario Lanza Vocal Competition.
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The soprano Joyce El-Khoury sang Salomé with a voice that has a dark, mezzo-soprano quality in its lower middle range and a slender, athletic top that she happily shrinks down to ethereal pianissimos.
The Washington Post (Massenet’s Hérodiade, Washington Concert Opera, November 2016)
Best of all was Joyce El Khoury as Poliuto’s tormented wife…she sang with sparkling clarity and stylistic sensitivity
Telegraph (Les Martyrs, Opera Rara, November 2014)