Joanna Parisi is internationally acclaimed for her portrayals of the most iconic spinto and dramatic soprano roles of Verdi, verismo, bel canto and Wagner.
She debuted as Tosca in New York's Central Park, followed by Aida and Abigaille in Nabucco. She was discovered during her studies at Juilliard, and was presented at Carnegie Hall in Beethoven's 9th Symphony and featured there as Maddalena di Coigny in Andrea Chenier, as well as performing at Lincoln Center. Her performance of the title role Lucrezia Borgia earned her accolades from The New York Times, Opera Magazine of London, Opera News, New York Observer and more.
She is currently performing leading roles in prestigious theaters all over the world: throughout Europe, USA and beyond. She performed at the Grand National Theater in Beijing, China, Lincoln Center in New York City, the Grand Hall of St. Petersburg Philharmonia, Russia, Teatro de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, the renowned Lotte Concert Hall in South Korea, and the famous pink marble opera house, Teatro Amazonas, featured in the film Fitzcarraldo among many others.
She is especially sought after for her beautiful, powerful and expressive voice at the great outdoor theaters of the world, including the Teatro Antico di Taormina in Sicily, Central Park, the Roman Theater in Bulgaria and many more. She is a frequent invited guest star of Verdi operas during the annual celebrations of The Cultural Capital of Europe.
Joanna Parisi appears in opera films and recordings, including a film version of Carmen featured at the Berlin Film Festival. She sang selections from the complete Verdi art songs released by Capriccio Records in Vienna, Austria. She debuted a world premiere aria in Copenhagen, Denmark by Frederik Magle, the official composer of the Danish Royal family. Joanna Parisi has received prestigious awards and recognition from The Metropolitan Opera National Council, Operalia, The World Opera Competition and honored as one of The Next Generation of Great Opera Singers by WQXR Classical Radio of New York.
Her signature roles include Elisabetta di Valois in Don Carlo, Tosca, Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana, Leonora in Il trovatore and La forza del destino, Aida, Norma, La Gioconda, Manon Lescaut, Abigaille in Nabucco, Madama Butterfly, Desdemona in Otello and Margherita/Elena in Mefistofele.
Her current Wagnerian repertoire includes Isolde, Senta, Elisabeth/Venus and Sieglinde.
Joanna Parisi was born of Italian heritage in New York. She is a dual citizen of the United States and Italy.