Josephine Mongiardo

Biography

Soprano Josephine Mongiardo, widely acclaimed for her "extraordinary voice" and "brilliant ornamentation,” has been featured in New York stage premieres of several eighteenth-century operas, including Handel's Acis and Galatea, Esther and Susanna, as well as Lully's Acis et Galatée. An accomplished actress, Ms. Mongiardo has commanded attention in such roles as Lucia, Violetta, and Rosina, and has been a sought-after recitalist and chamber music artist. Her appearances have taken her throughout the United States, Europe, and South America, collaborating with such renowned artists as YoYo Ma, Ani Kavafian, Charles Neidich, and Kenneth Cooper. Her festival appearances include Santa Fe, Waterloo, Chamber Music Northwest, Music@Menlo, Grand Canyon, and Mohawk Trail Concerts. Orchestral performances include Mahler's Fourth Symphony, Berlioz' Les nuits d'été and Strauss' Brentano Lieder as well as premieres by Seymour Barab and Wendy Chambers. She has also been featured as the narrator in Walton's Façade, the Devil in Stravinsky's L'histoire du Soldat, and works by André Caplet, Bruce Adolphe, and Douglas Moore. Ms. Mongiardo has performed leading roles with the Berkshire Bach Society and at Lincoln Center with the Little Orchestra Society under Dino Anagnost. She can be heard on the CD Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot and on Music@Menlo Live. She teaches applied voice and courses on repertoire and technique at Barnard College, Columbia University as well as applied voice at Columbia Teachers College. She maintains a private teaching practice in New York City; her students have been featured at Chautauqua, Seattle, Lake George, and Delaware Operas and in chamber and orchestral performances throughout the United States. A Past President of NYSTA, she was a founder of the Oren Lathrop Brown Professional Development Program and is recognized as a NYSTA Distinguished Voice Professional. She holds the BA from Barnard College, the MA in musicology from Columbia University, and has completed a vocology internship at Mount Sinai Hospital under the supervision Dr. Peek Woo and Dr. Linda Carroll. 

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