As the heartbroken Liu, soprano Joyce El-Khoury pleads with him in “Signore, ascolta!” full of desperate pain and high ghostly notes so delicate they almost seem to disappear into the air. While still considered a supporting character, Liu remains a musical focus of the piece and becomes the tragic heroine, brilliantly handled by El-Khoury in “Tu che di gel sei cinta” as she makes her final sacrifice.
CBC Music is offering Joyce's debut solo album, ÉCHO, as a free stream 'FirstPlay' starting today, ramping up for the CD's digital release on September 8! If you're in Canada, you can enjoy this perk here. Either way, there's a
Here's the word from the twitter-sphere about Joyce's performances as Violetta in Glynebourne's La traviata: Amazing La Traviata at Glyndebourne yesterday. @JoyceSoprano was incredible. Great end to my 2017 season. Already looking forward to 2018. — Maggie C (@Maggie_C30) August 26, 2017 Birthday
The reviews are coming in for Joyce's ÉCHO (debut solo album by Opera Rara). Presto Classical has highlighted the disc as one to "Thrilling dynamic control allows for a really satisfying exposure of micro-emotions, the mark of a singer who’s on
Best of all, however, was Lebanese-Canadian soprano Joyce El-Khoury as Violetta. The role needs someone beautiful, with a sensational voice, slim build (so that the tuberculosis looks believable) and great acting skills, especially in the final despairing act and El-Khoury had all of those in abundance. I had seen her in the same role at the Royal Opera House earlier this year and was stunned by her performance. At Glyndebourne, it was even better with the deceptive simplicity of the sets accentuating the effectiveness and glory of her performance. Glyndebourne always tries hard to bring something special to its productions without ever overdoing it. In May, I had thought their La Traviata was as close to perfection as one could hope for. This time I thought it was, if anything, even better."
Joyce stopped by Opera News to talk about Violetta (which she'll be performing with Glyndebourne August 1-27), her career and her upcoming Donizetti world-premiere event with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in the New Year! Watch and listen here.
Opera Rara will release Joyce's debut disc, Écho, at a concert featuring Joyce and tenor Michael Spyres on July 14, 2017. The disc will internationally and digitally released in September 2017. Here is a video where Joyce talks a bit