…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 recent role debut as Imogene (Il pirata) with the Opéra National de Bordeaux, Opéra magazine wrote: “…the infinite length of the breath, the science of chiaroscuro, the projection of the treble, the quality of the pianissimi, the variety of accents, in turn authoritarian and vulnerable, including in extraordinarily lively recitatives, as we had not heard them since Maria Callas.” She reprised the role to close out her 2017-18 season in a fully staged production at the Theater St. Gallen. Her summer season involves two internationally anticipated world premieres: Donizetti’s L’Ange de Nisida (recorded for international release) at the Royal Opera House (ROH) and Franz Liszt’s newly discovered unfinished opera Sardanapalo with the Weimar Staatskapelle in August. She is quickly gaining a reputation for bringing newly discovered/rarely performed works to life. Her 2018/19 season brings her back home to the Canadian Opera Company (Tatyana, Eugene Onegin), to Opera Australia (Mimì, La bohème) for her company debut, and back to the Welsh National Opera for her continued exploration of Donizetti’s bel canto queens (Elisabetta, Roberto Devereux).
Ms. El-Khoury’s discography includes two rare Donizetti operas (Les Martyrs and Belisario) conducted by Sir Mark Elder – both to critical acclaim. She also has a solo disc, ‘Écho’ with The Hallé conducted by Carlo Rizzi. All of Joyce’s recording projects have been with the Opera Rara label.
Recent engagements include debuting with the London Philhamonic Orchestra in Rossini’s Stabat Mater, 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. Violetta in La traviata with the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto, Musetta in La bohème with the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich and with San Diego Opera in Jake Heggie’s new opera Great Scott as Tatyana Bakst. 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 performances. 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.
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)