Joyce El-Khoury was nominated for an International Opera Award as best “Young Singer” as a result of her studio recording and concert performance of Donizetti’s rarely heard Belisario with Opera Rara and Sir Mark Elder at London’s Barbican Hall.
Joyce El-Khoury soprano born in Lebanon
She joins Opera Rara again to record and perform Pauline in Donizetti’s Les Martyrs. In addition, this season Ms. El-Khoury returns to Dutch National Opera to sing Musetta in a new production of La bohème, followed by her debuts with Vancouver Opera as Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, Opera Theatre of St. Louis in the title role of Tobias Picker’s Emmeline, and the Savolinna Festival as Violetta in La traviata.
Joyce El-Khoury had a close association with the late Lorin Maazel. She sang her first performances of Desdemona in Otello, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi and the title role in Suor Angelica under Maazel’s direction at the Castleton Festival. Maazel also invited her to join him and the Munich Philharmonic for Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and concert performances of Mimi in La bohème. She has debuted as Violetta in La traviata with Dutch National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Palm Beach Opera and Korea National Opera.
Last season Joyce El-Khoury sang her first performances of Rusalka in concert performances with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic at the Concertgebouw, San Antonio Opera and Opera North Carolina. She made debuts with Canadian Opera Company as Mimi and Musetta in La bohème, and with Santa Fe Opera as Micaela in a new production of Carmen.
Joyce El-Khoury was born in Lebanon. She immigrated to Canada with her family when she was a child. She graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Music degree, and received an Artist Diploma from the Academy of Vocal Arts. She received further training as a member of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.