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Joyce El-Khoury, soprano

Santa Fe Opera Apprentice in 2006 and 2008

Joyce El-Khoury, SopranoRecently nominated for an International Opera Award as best “Young Singer”, Joyce El-Khoury is rapidly establishing herself as one of the major singing actresses in the world today. During the 2013/14 season, she made her role debut as Musetta in La Bohème with Opera Canada, in a production that had her alternating this role with Mimi. In addition to her performance as Rusalka with the San Antonio Symphony in collaboration with The Opera San Antonio, Ms. El-Khoury will perform this opera with Opera North Carolina, and in a concert performance at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. She sang the Verdi Requiem with the Seattle Symphony, and will make her debut at the Santa Fe Opera as Micaela in Carmen this summer. Ms. El-Khoury’s recording of Belisario (Donizetti) on Opera Rara was also nominated for an OPERA Award in the “CD (Complete Opera)” category.

The summer of 2013 brought with it, her role debut as Desdemona in Othello at the Castleton Festival conducted by Lorin Maazel. During the 2012/13 season, Ms. El-Khoury performed the role of Antonina in Donizetti’s rarely performed opera Belisario with the BBC Orchestra under the direction of Sir Mark Elder. A separate studio recording was made of this opera with Ms. El-Khoury performing this role, which was released by Opera Rara last October. She also reprised Violetta in La Traviata with the Palm Beach Opera, L’Opéra Théâtre de Saint-Étienne, and De Nederlandse Opera.

Future engagements include Violetta in La Traviata at Lyric Opera of Kansas, Pauline in Donizetti’s Les Martyrs with Opera Rara in Royal Festival Hall, Juliette in Romeo and Juliet with Austin Lyric Opera, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus with the Vancouver Opera, Leonora in Il Trovatore with Knoxville Opera, and the title role in Tobias Picker’s Emmeline at Opera Theatre of St. Louis.

Further performances of note include Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, and the title role in Suor Angelicaunder the direction of Lorin Maazel at the Castleton Festival, the Verdi Requiem at the Al Bustan Festival in Beirut, La Bohème and Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the Munich Philharmonic, Marguerite in Faust with Opera Camerata of Washington, D.C., Mozart’s Requiem with the New York Choral Society in Carnegie Hall, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, and Bruckner’s Te Deum with the Baltimore Symphony.

Ms. El-Khoury is a graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program and the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. 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.

Ms. El-Khoury makes her Santa Fe Opera debut in 2014 as Micaela in Carmen.