Versatile soprano Joanna Mongiardo is recognized for her effortless coloratura and spellbinding charisma on stage, and is in high demand for both operatic and symphonic repertoire internationally. Opera News wrote of her, "Petite, with a theaterfilling smile, Mongiardo radiates warmth through her unforced, pearly-fresh timbre."
The 2012/13 season saw Ms. Mongiardo return to both the Deutsche Oper am Rhein to perform Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, and Opéra de Nice for Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte. On the concert platform she joined the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra for an evening of Italian arias under the baton of Marcelo Lehninger, and made her Chinese début in a concert of French arias with the Shanghai Opera Orchestra at Shanghai Oriental Art Center. Upcoming engagements include her debut with Dallas Opera as Brigitta in Tchaikovsky's Iolanta and Blonde with the Bellingham Festival of Music.
The American-born soprano of Italian, Greek and Armenian heritage made her European début in the 2004/05 season as Adele in Die Fledermaus at the Thessaloniki Concert Hall, Greece. Shortly after she became a member of the ensemble of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Düsseldorf, where she performed lead roles including Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, Oscar in Un ballo in Maschera, Nannetta in Falstaff, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, and Gianetta in The Gondoliers. The 2011/2012 season saw Ms. Mongiardo make several important house débuts. As a last minute replacement, she performed the role of Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serail for the Grand Théâtre de Genève, after which she reprised the role for Opéra de Nice and the Deutsche Oper am Rhein. She also sang with Dayton Opera for Juliette in Roméo et Juliette, and joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera, New York for their new production of Manon, covering the role of Pousette.
Since performing the title role in the 50th Anniversary production of The Ballad of Baby Doe, Mongiardo has become a favorite at Central City Opera, returning in recent seasons to sing the roles of Eurydice in Orpheus in the Underworld, Thérèse in Les Mamelles de Tirésias, and Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi. She has also performed extensively with companies throughout America, including New York City Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Portland Opera, Madison Opera, Opera Pacific, Toledo Opera, Knoxville Opera, and at the Caramoor Festival. Roles performed include Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos, Anne Trulove in The Rake's Progress, Nannetta in Falstaff, Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Adina in L'Elisir d'Amore, Olympia in Les Contes d'Hoffman, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Juliette in Roméo et Juliette, Despina in Così fan tutte, and Zerlina in Don Giovanni. Subsequent roles include Cunegonde in Candide, Gilda in Rigoletto, Leila in Les Pêcheurs de Perles, and the title roles in Lakmé and Lucia di Lammermoor.
On the concert platform, Mongiardo's Lincoln Center performance as Rosalina in Giordano's rarely performed Il Re for Teatro Grattacielo was met with high critical acclaim, with Opernwelt Jahrbuch 2011 deeming it one of the "best individual performances of the year", and Opera News praising her for "effortlessly negotiating the fiorature, extended trills and stratospheric high notes originally sung by Toti Dal Monte in 1929." Joanna has made Carl Orff's Carmina Burana her signature work with many major orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Florida Orchestra, Memphis Symphony, Illinois Symphony, Lincoln Symphony, New Hampshire Music Festival, and the Oratorio Society of New York. Further works by composers such as Handel, Haydn, Mozart, and Schumann have taken her to the Pittsburgh Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Oregon Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, and the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México, with conductors such as Charles Dutoit, Philippe Auguin, Jonathan Darlington, John Fiore, Leopold Hager, Neemi Jarvi, JoAnn Falletta, and Carlos Miguel Prieto.
A national finalist at the Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions and a 2003 Sullivan Award recipient, Joanna's credits include winner of the Opera Index Voice Competition, the Fritz and Lavinia Jensen Competition, and Liederkranz Foundation Award. Ms. Mongiardo holds a Masters Degree in Music from Yale University.