Renowned for her pure, luminous, rich soprano, persuasive performances and dramatic ability, Arianna Zukerman is considered one of the premiere vocal artists of her generation. An artist in demand internationally for concert and opera performances, Ms. Zukerman is also an avid chamber musician, and regularly collaborates with some of today’s foremost chamber players. The Washington Post says “Arianna Zukerman possesses a remarkable voice that combines the range, warmth and facility of a Rossini mezzo with shimmering, round high notes and exquisite pianissimos that would make any soprano jealous.”
The 2017 –’18 season includes concerts with the Defiant Requiem Foundation singing the concert, Hours of Freedom and a staged reading of the new play Mass Appeal, 1943; the Mozart C Minor Mass with the Richmond Symphony; the Verdi Requiem with the True Concord Choir and Orchestra (AZ); a recital with tenor, Vale Rideout, baritone, Bob McDonald and pianist, Joy Schreier for the Classics on Hudson concert series in Hudson, NY; Così fan tutte with the National Phiharmonic and a concert at the Millennium Stage for the Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts at the Kennedy Center.
Ms. Zukerman is the featured soloist on the critically acclaimed, GRAMMY nominated 2013 Naxos recording of James Whitbourn’s oratorio, Annelies: the first major choral setting the Diary of Anne Frank. The Guardian (UK) praised her performance on the CD ̧ stating, “Arianna Zukerman sings with subdued beauty.” She sings the work often including notably, the New York City premiere of the work at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center in the Spring of 2014.
In addition to her performance schedule, Ms. Zukerman is the Chair of Vocal Studies at the Wintergreen Music Festival and Academy and is the Festival’s Advisor for Vocal Programming she is also an Associate Director and faculty member at the Potomac Vocal Institute in Washington, D.C. She served on the faculties of Bel Canto in Tuscany in Greve in Chianti (2017), at the Catholic University of America teaching Vocal Performance and Musical Theatre from 2008 – 2017 and at the University of Maryland for the fall semester of 2016 for Delores Ziegler who was on sabbatical. She also regularly gives master classes internationally.
Her students have won first prize in some prestigious competitions including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Loren L. Zachary National Vocal Competition, the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation International Vocal Competition and the Kenwood Symphony Orchestra's Masters Concerto and Aria Competition (Minneapolis, MN.)
Some of the programs her students have been accepted to include the following graduate and summer music programs: Manhattan School of Music, Indiana University, UCLA, Oberlin in Italy, the Chautauqua Institution Voice Program, the Miami Music Festival, Teatro Nuovo, Castleton Young Artist Training Program, Opera Studio Weimar, Music Academy International, OperaWorks, Opera Singing and New York, and Prague Summer Nights.
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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.