International Opera Star, Wellesley’s Joanna Mongiardo, to Perform Mozart Favorites

On Sunday, March 12, 3 pm, at the Church of the Holy Name in West Roxbury, Commonwealth Chorale, under the direction of David Carrier, will present Mozart’s masterpiece:  REQUIEM.  Of particular interest to Boston area audiences is the return of Wellesley native, internationally acclaimed coloratura soprano, Joanna Mongiardo, who not only joins the solo quartet in Requiem but will also perform Mozart’s exuberant and virtuosic “Exsultate, jubilate.”  For those who have followed Ms. Mongiardo’s career and rise in the world of opera, this is an exceptionally unique opportunity to hear her in live performance.

Mongiardo, currently based in New York, attended Wellesley High School and her family still lives in the area.  She sang in the Junior Choir at Wellesley Village Church where organist and choir director David Carrier came to appreciate her voice and potential.  Mr. Carrier is music director of the Commonwealth Chorale, formerly the Newton Choral Society, and he is honored to be conducting Ms. Mongiardo again. 

Her professional career was launched when she became the New England Regional Winner and National Semifinalist of the Metropolitan Opera Auditions after receiving her Master of Music from Yale.  She made her New York opera debut with the Caramoor Music Festival and she also debuted at Carnegie Hall in Orff’s “Carmina Burana,” which has become one of her signature roles.  She has performed with opera companies and symphonic orchestra throughout the United States.

Versatile soprano Joanna Mongiardo is recognized for her effortless coloratura and spellbinding charisma on stage, and is in high demand for both operatic and symphonic repertoire internationally.  Her singing took her to Europe where she was based for a number of years as an ensemble member of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Düsseldorf, Germany.  There she performed lead roles in many operas, most notably as Blonde in Mozart’s “Die Entführung aus dem Serail,” which she also performed in productions in Geneva, Switzerland, and in Nice, France.   She has performed in venues from Bellingham, Washington, to Shanghai, China.

Wellesley music lovers will remember her performance of operatic arias with the Wellesley Symphony some years ago and her benefit performance for Family Promise at the Wellesley Village Church.   Most recently, she has had great success locally as Cinna in Mozart's Lucio Silla with Odyssey Opera at Boston University and in the title role of Flotow's Martha with Boston Midsummer Opera, where she will be returning this summer as Adina in Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore.”  You can see videos from some of her performances at www.joannamongiardo.com.

The Commonwealth Chorale concert will take place at Church of the Holy Name, 1689 Centre Street, West Roxbury, where there is plenty of free parking.  Tickets are $30 ($25 students or seniors) and are available online at www.commonwealthchorale.com  or at the door.