Ermonela Jaho | Meet the Artists
Soprano. Cio-Cio-San in Madame Butterfly.
Ermonela was born in Albania, and is a graduate of Rome’s Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.
This performance marks the talent’s WNO debut, although she has already wowed audiences around the world in the role of Cio-Cio-San—from London to Paris to Berlin.
A notable moment: Ermonela worked very hard to become an internationally acclaimed soprano. After entering a conservatory at 17, she was invited to study in Italy. At the end of her two-month study trip, Ermonela was determined to stay in Italy because it “is the home of bel canto,” and because Albania restricted her access to foreign operas. To continue pursuing her art—and to afford her new life in Italy—she became an au pair and lived in a hostel run by nuns.
A select few roles found on Ermonela’s extensive resume include the title role in Suor Angelica, the title role in Zazà, Violetta in La traviata, and the title role in Anna Bolena.