Ermonela Jaho on the legacy of Rosina Storchio

Friday, October 2, 2020

For her debut solo recital, the Albanian singer celebrates another soprano who created many major operatic roles including Madama Butterfly

For her first solo album, 'Anima Rara', for Opera Rara, for whom she's already recorded Leoncavallo's Zazà and Puccini's Le Willis, Ermonela Jaho celebrates one of her great soprano predecessors, Rosina Storchio. Joined by the Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana conducted by Andrea Battistoni, Jaho offers a programme of verismo arias, some familiar but many less so.

James Jolly met Ermonela Jaho early this year – face to face – while she was in London for a Wigmore Hall recital, and they talked about Storchio, the new album and both Puccini and Leoncavallo's takes on La bohème.

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Photo: Fadil Berisha

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