Soprano Joanna Latini, a New Jersey native, is quickly making a name for herself on both the operatic and concert stage for her informed and passionate performances. She is a winner of the 2018 Central Region Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and will move on to compete in the semi-finals in New York.
In the 2017 - 2018 season, Ms. Latini joins Kentucky Opera as an artist in their Barbara and Halsey Sandford Studio Artist Program. During residency there, she will perform the role of Naiad in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, cover Kitty Hart in Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, and sing Gretel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel with the Lexington Philharmonic. Following her stint with Kentucky Opera, she will return to Resonance Works Pittsburgh and sing the role of the Kitchen Boy in Dvořák’s Rusalka.
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. In the Apprentice Scenes, Ms. Latini sang Nannetta in Verdi’s Falstaff and Oscar in Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera. Additionally, 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. In the Studio Spotlight scenes program, she sang Adina in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore and Blondchen in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail. 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.
Ms. Latini received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Carnegie Mellon University and her Master of Music degree from Rice University. She is a student of Dr. Barbara Clark.