One of the most promising mezzo of her generation, she made her debut at the Rossini Opera Festival Accademy in Pesaro as Melibea in Viaggio a Reims in the 2005 (she returned at R.O.F. in Italiana in Algeri, La Scala di Seta and La Gazzetta) and the same season she debite at Teatro La Scala in Petite Messe Solennelle, and Dido and Aeneas.. Josè Maria Lo Monaco returned to La Scala then took part in the productions of Donna del Lago, Oberto Conte di San Bonifacio and recently in Le Comte Ory in 2014/2015 season, when she had a great personal success as Isolier staged by L.Pelly, with Juan Diego Florez as Comte.
She is invited in the most prestigious theaters (La Scala in Milan, Teatro Real of Madrid, Liceu in Barcellona, Opèra Ganier in Paris, Salzburg Festival, La Fenice in Venice, Rossini Opera Festival, Opèra de Lyon etc..) collaborating with conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Antonio Pappano, Evelino Pidò, Roberto Abbado, Alberto Zedda, Ottavio Dantone, Jean Christophe Spinosì, Fabio Biondi, Donato Renezetti, Stefano Montanari, Enrique Mazzola …and director such as Robert Carsen (Rigoletto at Aix en Provence) Damiano Michieletto (Così fan Tutte, Nozze di Figaro, Gazza Ladra, Barbiere di Siviglia) Olivier Py (Carmen at Opéra de Lyon) Pier Luigi Pizzi (Incoronazione di Poppea in Florence), Daniele Abbado (La Cenerentola in Petruzzelli), Cesare Levi (Demofoonte at Opéra Paris/Salzburg), Graham Vick (Anna Bolena at Palermo), Jacques Osinski (Tancredi at Theatre de Champs Elysées ) ...
The many roles played include: Angelina in La Cenerentola, Rosina in ll Barbiere di Siviglia, Adalgisa in Norma, Giovanna Seymour in Anna Bolena, Elisabetta in Maria Stuarda, Dorabella in Così fan Tutte, Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro,Orfeo in Orfeo ed Euridice; Cornelia in Giulio Cesare, Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Carmen in Carmen, Ottavia in Incoronazione di Poppea, Isolier in Le ComteOry …
She graduated in piano at the Conservatory Vincenzo Bellini (Catania) and began studying singing with mezzo-soprano Bianca Maria Casoni in Milan. Very soon, she was invited by many Italian and French opera houses.
She made her debut at the Opéra de Paris and Salzburg Festival as Timante in Jommelli’s Demofoonte with Riccardo Muti staged by Cesare Levi. More recently she debuted Carmen at the Opéra National de Lyon staged by Olivier Py, dir Stefano Montanari, that was awarded “production of the year” by Mezzo television! Her debut in La Cenerentola (title-role) was in Italy (Petruzzelli Bari, Reggio Emilia, Cagliari) with Evelino Pido, staged by Daniele Abbado.
Josè Maria Lo Monaco also performs in concert and recital. She collaborated with several important orchestra with original instruments: Vivaldi’s Tito Manlio in London Barbican, Giuditta in Betulia Liberata in Bremen, Judithain Vivaldi’s Juditha Triumphans in Krakow and Cornelia in Giulio Cesare in european tour, under the baton of Ottavio Dantone and Accademia Bizantina; Alceste in Handel’s Admeto and Ottavia in Incoronazione di Poppea with Alan Curtis and Complesso Barocco; Alcina in Vivaldi’s Orlando Furioso in european tour with J.C.Spinosi and Ensemble Matheus; Nerone in Handel’s Agrippina and Alessandro in Scarlatti’s Carlo Re d’Allemagna under the baton of Fabio Biondi and Europa Galante ...
She sang Rossini’s Stabat Mater in Vatican under the baton of J. L. Cobos for S.S. Pope Benedict XVI and the president of Italian Republic, and recently Bach’s Magnificat with Antonio Pappano at Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Rome.
In Monteverdi’s reperto ire Josè Maria lo Monaco sang Messaggera and Speranza in Orfeo with Andrea Marcon, Jordi Savall, Claudio Cavina; Ottavia in Incoronazione di Poppea with Alan Curtis…She recorded for Glossa (with La Venexiana, Claudio Cavina) the trilogy as Messaggera in Orfeo (Gramophone Award 2008), Ottone in L’Incoronazione di Poppea and Penelope in Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria.
Highlights for the season 2015 - 2016 and beyond include: Alcina, Ruggiero, in Madrid, Teatro Real; Madama La Rosa, La Gazzetta in Pesaro, Rossini Opera Festival; La Cenerentola in Opera di Roma in a new production of Emma Dante; Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with Jean Christophe Spinosì, Ensemble Matheus in european tour; La Cenerentola in Municipal Theatre of Santiago; Messagiera e Speranza in Monteverdi’s Orfeo at Opéra de Losanna with Ottavio Dantone in a new production of Robert Carsen; Norma, Adalgisa, in Opera Royal de Wallonie Liége, La Cenerentola in Bilbao, Abao; Serse, title role, in Liceu in Barcelona; Werther, Charlotte, in Bologna with Michele Mariotti … as well as many concerts.
Last edited: February 2016