Lebanese-Canadian soprano Joyce El-Khoury is quickly gaining a reputation for bringing newly discovered and rarely performed works to life. Her 2018/19 season brings her back home to the Canadian Opera Company to sing Tatyana in Eugene Onegin, to Opera Australia for Mimì in La bohème (her company debut) and back to the Welsh National Opera for her continued exploration of Donizetti’s bel canto queen, Elisabetta in Roberto Devereux.
Ms. El-Khoury completed her musical studies at the University of Ottawa, the Academy of Vocal Arts, Philadelphia, and the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artists Development Program, New York. She was a First Prize winner of many competitions including, the Loren L. Zachary Competition, the Opera Index Competition, the George London Foundation, and the Mario Lanza Vocal Competition.
Joyce El-Khoury’s operatic roles have included Imogene (Il pirata) for Opéra National de Bordeaux and in St Gallen, Violetta for Glyndebourne Festival, Welsh National Opera, Dutch National Opera, Savonlinna Opera Festival and Canadian Opera Company. She has sung Léila (Les Pecheurs de perles) in Bordeaux, Maria Stuarda with Seattle Opera and Musetta (La bohème) with Teatro Real, Bavarian State Opera, and the Canadian Opera Company.
Ms. El-Khoury’s engagements in contemporary opera include the title role in Tobias Picker’s Emmeline with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and Tatyana Bakst (Jake Heggie’s Great Scott) with the San Diego Opera. Her discography includes two rare Donizetti operas (Les Martyrs and Belisario) conducted by Sir Mark Elder – both to critical acclaim. She also has released the solo disc, Écho with The Hallé conducted by Carlo Rizzi. All of Ms. El-Khoury’s recordings have been with the Opera Rara label.