Bio: A citizen of both United States and Italy, soprano Joanna Parisi is recognized internationally for her exciting voice and dramatic talents in the leading roles of opera's most iconic repertoire, including Tosca, Norma and the great Verdi soprano heroines. She sang Lucrezia Borgia "in a big, vibrant spinto with confident flexibility and a rich, earthy chest register" (NY Observer) "with beautiful dynamics, delicate pitch, and furious emotion" (Opera News). Parisi's Lucrezia is "Over the top and out of control—except vocally, where Parisi's control was impressive and gratifying. She has the evenness of register, all one voice from top to bottom that was much prized in the bel canto era and seems rare of late. Withal, she is slim, pretty, and an effective actress." (parterre.com) The New York Times also writes of her Lucrezia Borgia, "the soprano Joanna Parisi gave a scintillating, frenzied performance... the emotional focus she brought to her character’s vocal hysterics was wholly convincing".
She sang Floria Tosca all over the world, in New York, Italy, South America, Romania, and all throughout Switzerland: "Joanna Parisi has all the advantages of a convincing Tosca: her rich soprano develops various inflections, powerful treble and crystalline tones, the intimate moments have deep dramatic sense. She knows how to modulate her voice at the mercy of her emotions. Her acting is not to be outdone. She is seductive, dreamy, passionate- and her voice goes through all the emotions of anger and despair." (L'impartial)
She is well known for her dramatic interpretation of Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana: "Joanna Parisi’s Santuzza was absolutely brilliant vocally and acting-wise with a rich, warm, well-controlled and powerful voice," according to The Times of Malta.
Joanna Parisi also sings Leonora in Il trovatore all over the world as one of her signature roles. At the Palacio de Bellas Artes, Milenio writing, "Best of the night, without a doubt, was the soprano Joanna Parisi as Leonora. In the fourth act, she showed her skills and vocal endurance. In the wonderful aria "D'amor sull'ali rosée" she addressed with perfect pitch and beautiful voice. In the Miserere scene and later with the Count, she was impeccable, dramatically and vocally, refined, passionate, in great voice, simply splendid. These two scenes are worth the entire opera. She received a deserved standing ovation."
She sang the title role of Carmen in Seoul, South Korea and at Lincoln Center, New York, and she also sang Micaëla in Carmen at Teatro Amazonas in Brazil and Taormina, Italy. She sang Elisabetta di Valois in Don Carlo to great success in Neuchâtel and Fribourg, Switzerland, as well as Craiova, Romania. "Joanna Parisi offered a sure-voiced Elisabetta. With skillful legato she designed wide, beautiful cantilenas with a blooming voice that evolved with great luminosity and warmth." (Der Neue Merker) She sang Floria Tosca and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni at Teatro Solis with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Montevideo. She sang in concert in Beijing, China at the National Center of the Performing Arts conducted by Plácido Domingo for Operalia. She has recorded Verdi's Compasizioni da Camera in Vienna, Austria released by Capriccio Records with Ramon Vargas and Charles Spencer.
She sang Verdi's I due Foscari (Lucrezia) and Tosca with the Budapest Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Riccardo Frizza. She was the soprano soloist of the Verdi Requiem with the Orchestre Symphonique du Jura, Switzerland as well as the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. Joanna made her professional opera debut as the title role of Puccini's Tosca in Central Park, New York City for an estimated audience of 10,000 under the baton of Vincent La Selva. She has since performed Abigaille in Verdi's Nabucco in Union Square-Washington Irving Auditorium, and the title role of Aida in Central Park with the Orchestra of New York Grand Opera. She also sang Beethoven's 9th Symphony at Carnegie Hall in the Stern Auditorium, Andrea Chenier (Maddalena) in concert in the Carnegie Hall towers, and Verdi and verismo recitals in the Weill recital hall. She sang the Puccini heroines Tosca and Mimi in La boheme at the Enrico Fermi Italian Cultural Center in New York, and in concert for the Italian American organization, Unico at the Bardavon Opera House. She has received awards and recognition from prestigious opera and musical organizations including Operalia, Metropolitan Opera National Council, Opera Index, and more.
Joanna Parisi was born in New York of Italian heritage and is a citizen of both United States and Italy (L'Aquila, Abruzzo). Joanna graduated with honors from The Conservatory of Music at Purchase, State University of New York. She also holds degrees with high honors in Journalism and Public Relations. She further enriched her opera studies in the opera workshop of The Juilliard School and at the Renata Scotto Opera Academy, as well as graduate studies in classical music at Hunter College (City University of NY).
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