San Francisco Chronicle
“Di Giacomo has the ideal voice for this role, beautiful, fresh and easily produced…She lacks for nothing technically, singing with a gorgeous legato and noble, long-breathed phrasing, not to mention exquisite dynamic control.”
“His Desdemona, superbly sung by Julianna Di Giacomo, was something else altogether…Di Giacomo’s Desdemona conveyed a vitality and strength. There were moments, rare and precious, when the stars aligned just right and, for a moment, the performance was perched upon the sublime. When Di Giacomo set forth on her rapt, heart-wrenching Ave Maria, Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic were of a single mind with her. For a moment the audience vanished, the shell of the Hollywood Bowl dissolved into the starlit sky, and one was convincingly swept along by the force and humanity of Verdi’s art.”
San Francisco Classical Voice
“Making her company debut in the role of Amelia was Julianna Di Giacomo…She brought exceptional sweetness of tone and vocal sheen, along with control and power to match the large orchestra. Her “Ma dall’arido stelo divulsa” and later “Morrò, ma prima in grazia”, brought the largest audience applauses of the evening. Her Amelia inhabited the work’s emotional center. San Franciscans will undoubtedly see and hear more in the future from this artist.”
“The greatest pleasure comes from the soprano, Julianna Di Giacomo, whose ravishing tone is spread evenly across a true Verdian range, with a honeyed lower register and high notes which can sear the ear, though never screechingly so.”
With appearances in top international opera houses, soprano Julianna Di Giacomo has earned the reputation as one of the exciting young lirica-spinto sopranos on the classical music scene today.
This season Ms. Di Giacomo’s engagements include Leonora in La Forza del Destino at the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon and performances of the Verdi Reqiuem with the Rhode Island Philharmonic and in Oviedo.
Ms. Di Giacomo made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Clotilde in Norma and was subsequently re-engaged for Desdemona in Otello, Lina in Stiffelio and Leonora in Il Trovatore. Other recent North American engagements have included the title role in Tosca in both a performance at the Hollywood Bowl with Mo. Dudamel and with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra in Vail, Colorado; Amelia in Ballo in Maschera at the San Francisco Opera; John Cage’s Europeras I & II with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a production directed by Yuval Sharon; Desdemona, Nedda in Pagliacci, and a live recording of the Verdi Requiem with Mo. Dudamel at the Hollywood Bowl; special performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with Mo. Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic in both Los Angeles and Caracas and broadcast live to movie theaters in North and South America; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and excerpts from Don Giovanni with the New York Philharmonic, Margherita/Elena in Mefestofele with the Collegiate Chorale, I due Foscari with Opera Orchestra New York at Carnegie Hall, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni at the Los Angeles Opera, and Il Trovatore and Mathilde in Guillaume Tell at the Caramoor International Music Festival. She also appeared at Lincoln Center as a feature soloist in its Puccini 150th Birthday Celebration gala concert, and has made multiple appearances at the Cincinnati May Festival singing Elijah and Dvorak Stabat Mater with James Conlon.
In Europe, Ms. Di Giacomo made her debut at the Teatro alla Scala as Lucrezia in I due Foscari. Other European engagements have included Maddalena in Andrea Chenier at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Leonora in Il Trovatore at Ópera de Oviedo, the title role in Norma and Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Lina in Stiffelio at Teatro La Fenice, Desdemona at the Teatro Petruzelli di Bari, Teatro de la Maestranza and Teatro Massimo; Elisabetta in Don Carlo at Maggio Musicale Fiorentino; Valentine in Les Huguenot, Elena in I Vespri Siciliani, and the title role in Suor Angelica at the Teatro Real de Madrid; Il Trovatore at the Bayerische Staatsopera Munich, Les Roys d’Ys at the Opéra National Montpellier and Opera Comique, Il Trovatore at Teatre Principal de Mao in Minorca, and performances of Il Trovatore, Otello, and Un Ballo in Maschera with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic.
In concert in Europe she has sung Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Mo. Dudamel and the Vienna Philharmonic, on tour with the Simon Bolivar Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic both with Mo. Duduamel and also on tour with Zubin Mehta and the Teatro Massimo Palermo and Teatro San Carlo Napoli; she has also sung the Verdi Requiem with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester in Berlin with James Conlon, the Teatro Comunale di Firenze with Zubin Mehta, l’Orchestre National de France at the Champs-Èlysées with Daniele Gatti, Goteburg Symphony of Sweden, Vlaamse Opera Ghent and Antwerp, , and at the Teatro Massimo Palermo.
Ms. Di Giacomo made her South American debut at the Teatro Municipal de Santiago as Leonora in Il Trovatore.
A native of Santa Monica, CA, Ms. Di Giacomo is a graduate of the San Francisco Opera’s prestigious Merola Program and the Santa Fe Opera’s Apprentice Program.