Soprano Joanna Latini, a New Jersey native, is quickly making a name for herself for her informed and passionate performances. Opera News hailed Ms. Latini “a generous performer [with] winning personality and a sound both luscious and supple, exuding charm[.]” Her professional experience ranges from Baroque opera to contemporary new works and musical theatre.
The 2018-2019 season and beyond includes her Canadian debut with Calgary Opera, appearances with Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Atlanta Opera as Teresita in Francesca Zambello’s production of West Side Story. She will then join the Benenson Young Artist Program at Palm Beach Opera where she will cover Violetta in La Traviata and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and sing Sally in Die Fledermaus. Also in 2018, Ms Latini was named a National Semi-Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. In the summer of 2019, Ms. Latini will return to the Glimmerglass Festival where she will sing the role of Rosina in The Ghosts of Versailles as well as cover the roles of Magnolia in Show Boat and Violetta in La Traviata.
In the 2017 - 2018 season, Ms. Latini joined Kentucky Opera as an artist in their Barbara and Halsey Sandford Studio Artist Program. During residency there, she performed the role of Naiad in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, covered Kitty Hart in Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, and sang Gretel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel with the Lexington Philharmonic. She then covered the role of Adelaide, Helen, and Miss Thompson in Ricky Ian Gordon’s world premiere The House without a Christmas Tree with Houston Grand Opera. In the spring, Ms. Latini returned to Resonance Works Pittsburgh to sing the role of the Kitchen Boy in Dvořák’s Rusalka and then joined the Glimmerglass Festival where she sang the title role in Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen as well as Velma in the same production of West Side Story.
In the summer of 2017, Ms. Latini was a member of the Apprentice Singer Program at The Santa Fe Opera where she covered Morgana in Handel’s Alcina. She was one of fourteen singers featured in Justice at the Opera with Ruth Bader Ginsburg. In the summer of 2016, Ms. Latini was a member of the Wolf Trap Opera Studio, where she covered Lucia in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia and Musetta in Puccini’s La bohème. Additionally, Ms. Latini was a featured soloist in the “America the Beautiful” concert with the National Symphony Orchestra in the Filene Center, singing the Liebeslieder from Sondheim’s A Little Night Music.
During the summers of 2015 and 2014, Ms. Latini was an Apprentice Artist at the Miami Music Festival, where she sang the roles of Gretel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel and Erste Dame in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, respectively. In addition to opera performances, she was found singing in masterclasses, at the Barry Hotel in downtown Miami, in Zarzuela concerts, and on stage at the New World Center with the Miami Music Festival Orchestra. Under the baton of Maestro Richard Bado, Ms. Latini performed as Cleopatra in Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto, Helena in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and in the Jazz Trio in Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti. At Carnegie Mellon, she was seen as Clarice in Haydn’s Il mondo della luna, and as Princesse Laoula in Chabrier’s L’étoile. As part of a special collaboration between Carnegie Mellon University and Pittsburgh Opera, Ms. Latini premiered the role of Amara in Arnaldos’ For the Time Being.
On the concert stage, Ms. Latini has been the featured soloist in numerous oratorio works, including Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Mozart’s Requiem, Honegger’s Le Roi David, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Faure’s Requiem, and Handel’s Messiah. She has been a member of several prestigious training programs including those at Palm Beach Opera, The Glimmerglass Festival, Kentucky Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and Wolf Trap Opera. Ms. Latini received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Carnegie Mellon University and her Master of Music degree from Rice University.