IN MEMORY OF FRANCISCO
OPERA GEMS CONCERT
Joanna Parisi, soprano is ascending internationally for her great successes in the most iconic spinto soprano roles of Verdi, verismo, bel canto and Wagner. She debuted as Tosca in Central Park, followed by Aida and Abigaille in Nabucco. She was discovered during her studies at Juilliard, and was presented at Carnegie Hall in Beethoven's 9th Symphony and as Maddalena di Coigny in Andrea Chenier.
She is currently performing these roles and many more in prestigious theaters all over the world throughout Europe, USA and beyond, from the NCPA Pearl Theater in Beijing, China, to the Grand Hall of St. Petersburg Philharmonia, Russia to the Teatro de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, to the stunning pink marble of the Teatro Amazonas featured in the film Fitzcarraldo, as well as the prestigious Lotte Concert Hall in Seoul, South Korea. She is highly sought after for her beautiful, powerful and expressive voice at the great outdoor theaters of the world, including the Teatro Antico di Taormina, where she starred in a film version of Carmen presented globally as well as at the Berlin Film Festival. She is a frequent invited guest star of Verdian repertoire during the celebrations of The Cultural Capital of Europe. Her signature roles include Elisabetta di Valois in Don Carlo, Tosca, Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana, Leonora in Il trovatore and La forza del destino, Aida, Norma, La Gioconda, Manon Lescaut, Abigaille, Madama Butterfly, Desdemona and Margherita/Elena in Mefistofele. Her current Wagnerian repertoire includes Isolde, Senta, Elisabeth/Venus and Sieglinde. Joanna Parisi was born of Italian heritage in New York. She is a dual citizen of the United States and Italy.