Leonora: Il trovatore
Teatru Astra, Victoria, Malta
October 24 & 26, 2019

Santuzza: Cavalleria Rusticana

Festival Stand’Été, Moutier, Suisse

June 22, 23, 26 2019

Santuzza: Cavalleria Rusticana

Théâtre du Passage, Suisse 

April 26 & 27, 2019

Elsa: Lohengrin 

Opera Southwest 

March 31, April 3, 5, 7 2018

 Elisabetta di Valois:

Don Carlo

Opera Romana Craiova 

February 2, 2018


Abigaille: Nabucco

Lausanne, Switzerland 

November 17,18, 20, 21 2018

Leonora: Il trovatore 

Ancient Roman Theater

July 7 - Opera Open 2018

State Opera Plovdiv, Bulgaria


Anfiteatro Fonte Mazzola, Toscana

July 1, 2018


Opera Romana Craiova

June 9 & 10, 2018


Sarasota Opera

March 3, 6, 8, 11, 14, 17, 20, 24 2018

Santuzza: Cavalleria Rusticana

Aurora Opera House, Malta

October 14, 2017

Maria Callas Memorial Gala

Festival Belliniano

Teatro Antico di Taormina, Italy

September 16, 2017



Teatro Solis

August 16, 18, 20 2017

Concert: Opera Wroclawska

June 28, 2017

(La Gioconda, Un ballo in maschera, Adriana Lecouvreur, Tannhauser)

Madama Butterfly

Sarasota Opera

February 11, 16, 19, 22, 25, 28

March 5, 10, 12, 17, 21, 25 2017

Leonora: Il trovatore

December 16, 18, 20 2016

Opera Wrocławska

Cultural Capital of Europe 2016

Leonora: Il trovatore

June 24, 26 2016

Washington Concert Opera Gala

May 12, 2016

Carnegie Institution for Science


 Margherita: Mefistofele

  April 13, 15, 17, 20, 23 2016


Micaela: Carmen

Taormina Opera Festival

Teatro Antico di Taormina, Italy

March 11, 2016 (in cinemas)

February 28, 2016 (in cinemas)


July, August 2015 (live and in cinemas)


Lucrezia Borgia

Light Space, New York, NY 

April 3, 4, 7, 10, 11 2015


Leonora: Il trovatore

Opera de Bellas Artes                                June 29, July 1, 3, 6 2014

Micaëla: Carmen

Teatro Amazonas, Brazil                            May 18, 20, 24 2014

Tosca: Floria Tosca

Theatre Equilibre, Switzerland        March 15, 2014


Tosca:  Floria Tosca

Theatre du Vevey, Switzerland                 March 11, 2014


Tosca: Floria Tosca

Theatre du Passage, Switzerland     March 1, 4, 7 2014

Leonora: Il trovatore

Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City June 20, 23, 27, 30  2013

  Verdi Composizioni da Camera

Casino Baumgarten Linzer Straße 297 Vienna, Austria- May 3, 2013

Verdi Messa di Requiem

Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City March 7, 2013

Verdi Opera Gala

Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City March 3, 2013


 Donna Anna: Don Giovanni

Montevideo, Uruguay-Teatro Solis      August 17, 20, 22, 24, & 27. 2012


 Placido Domingo's Operalia

Beijing, China, National Center for the Performing Arts, June 4-10, 2012


Elisabetta di Valois: Don Carlo

Neuchatel, Switzerland, Theatre du Passage, April 27, 2012

 Fribourg, Switzerland, Theatre Equilibre, May 2 & 4, 2012






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Italian-American dramatic soprano Joanna Parisi is internationally acclaimed for her natural facility in the most challenging and iconic soprano roles on stage, cinema and television. She has earned worldwide recognition for her interpretations of Verdi, verismo and bel canto heroines.  She was recently honored as one of "The Next Generation of Great Opera Singers" by WQXR Classical.


Joanna Parisi began her professional opera debut singing the title roles of Tosca, Aïda, Abigaille in Nabucco and Maddalena di Coigny in Andrea Chenier in Central Park, New York City for an estimated audience of 10,000 and at Carnegie Hall.  

This season, Parisi makes her role debut as Bellini's Norma at the Sarasota Opera. She sings her signature role Tosca all over the world- in Pisa, Italy, at the historic opera house Teatro Solís in South America, and Opera Romana Craiova, Romania. She sings Abigaille in Verdi’s Nabucco in Lausanne, Switzerland, Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana at the Aurora Opera House in Malta, as well as many performances in Switzerland.  She sings one of her signature roles, Leonora in Il trovatore, at the Opera Open Festival at the Ancient Theater for the State Opera in Bulgaria.  In Italy, in addition to Tosca in Pisa, she sings Desdemona in Verdi’s Otello at Teatro Politeama Mario Foglietti, Calabria, and returns to Sicily for the Festival Belliniano at Teatro Greco di Taormina for the Maria Callas Memorial Gala. She also returns to Opera Wrocławska, Breslau, Poland in concert, from La Gioconda, Un ballo in maschera, Tannhäuser and Adriana Lecouvreur where she was invited last season to sing Leonora in Il trovatore, for the celebration of the Cultural Capital of Europe as well as Elsa von Brabant in Lohengrin.

In Spring 2017, Joanna Parisi recently sang her role debut as the title role of Madama Butterfly in 12 performances with Maestro Victor DeRenzi at Sarasota Opera. In New York, she won great acclaim for singing Lucrezia Borgia "in a big, vibrant spinto with confident flexibility and a rich, earthy chest register" (NY Observer) "with beautiful dynamics, delicate pitch, and furious emotion" (Opera News).  Parisi's Lucrezia is "truly a force of nature" (Opera Magazine) "Over the top and out of control—except vocally, where Parisi's control was impressive and gratifying.  She has the evenness of register, all one voice from top to bottom that was much prized in the bel canto era and seems rare of late". (    The New York Times also writes of her Lucrezia Borgia, "the soprano Joanna Parisi gave a scintillating, frenzied performance..the emotional focus she brought to her character’s vocal hysterics was wholly convincing".  "A natural" and "A real tour-de-force," according to the WQXR Classical Radio Excellence in Opera Awards.

Parisi's performances in Bizet's Carmen at the Teatro Antico di Taormina in Sicily are currently being shown worldwide and featured at the Berlin International Film Festival. In April 2016, Parisi was highly praised for her "magnificent" and "highly dramatic" performances of Margherita in Boito's Mefistofele in Switzerland.

She sang Floria Tosca throughout four theaters in Switzerland: Neuchâtel, Fribourg, Vevey and Porrentruy: "Joanna Parisi has all the advantages of a convincing Tosca: her rich soprano develops various inflections, powerful treble and crystalline tones, the intimate moments have deep dramatic sense. She knows how to modulate her voice at the mercy of her emotions. Her acting is not to be outdone.  She is seductive, dreamy, passionate- and her voice goes through all the emotions of anger and despair." (L'impartial)
Joanna Parisi sang Leonora in Il trovatore at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City in both the 2014 and 2013 seasons. "Best of the night, without a doubt, was the soprano Joanna Parisi as Leonora. In the fourth act, she showed her skills and vocal endurance. In the wonderful aria "D'amor sull'ali rosée" she addressed with perfect pitch and beautiful voice.  In the Miserere scene and later with the Count, she was impeccable, dramatically and vocally, refined, passionate, in great voice, simply splendid. These two scenes are worth the entire opera. She received a deserved standing ovation." 
She also sang Micaëla in Carmen at Teatro Amazonas in Brazil during the 2014 World Cup.  She sang Elisabetta di Valois in Don Carlo to great success in Neuchâtel and Fribourg, Switzerland. "Joanna Parisi offered a sure-voiced Elisabetta. With skillful legato she designed wide, beautiful cantilenas with a blooming voice that evolved with great luminosity and warmth." (Der Neue Merker) She sang Donna Anna in Don Giovanni at Teatro Solis with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Montevideo: "Parisi demonstrated a powerful voice with command of the entire register." (El Pais) She sang in concert in Beijing, China at the National Center of the Performing Arts conducted by Plácido Domingo for Operalia.  She has recorded Verdi's Compasizioni da Camera in Vienna, Austria released by Capriccio Records with Ramon Vargas and Charles Spencer.  She sang Verdi's I due Foscari (Lucrezia) and Tosca with the Budapest Radio Symphony Orchestra.  She was the soprano soloist of the Verdi Requiem with the Orchestre Symphonique du Jura, Switzerland as well as the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City in 2013.
She has received worldwide awards and recognition from many prestigious opera and musical organizations including Plácido Domingo’s Operalia, the Metropolitan Opera National Council and Opera Index.  World-renowned fashion houses Etro of Milano, Pablo Ramírez of Buenos Aires and Vivienne Westwood have designed fashions and costumes for her.

Joanna Parisi was born in New York of Italian heritage and is a citizen of both United States and Italy (L'Aquila, Abruzzo).  Ms. Parisi graduated with honors from The Conservatory of Music at Purchase, State University of New York.  She also holds degrees with high honors in Journalism and Public Relations. She further enriched her opera studies in the opera workshop of The Juilliard School and at the Renata Scotto Opera Academy, as well as graduate studies in classical music at the City University of New York.