El-Khoury takes great risks in employing a wide range of vocal colours, from wine dark chest notes to the most feathery of pianissimos. The attack on the coloratura in “Sempre libera” was aggressive and hedonistic, her cry of “È tardi!” when she reads Germont’s letter in Act 3 full of anger. Here was a Violetta who refused to “go gentle into that good night” without a struggle.
The reviews are coming in for San Diego Opera's Great Scott production. Here's what San Diego Story had to say about Joyce: In any other opera, soprano Joyce El-Khoury’s brash, scene-stealing, verging on obnoxious characterization of the up-and-coming, opportunistic young singer
Glyndebourne announced their 2017 summer lineup today which includes Joyce singing Violetta in their La traviata production directed by Tom Cairns with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Andrés Orozco-Estrada. Full details here. Slippedisc.com also reported on this, here are their highlights.
The Royal Opera House in London has announced their 2016/17 season. Joyce will be making her company debut in their production of La traviata conducted by Daniele Rustioni and directed by Richard Eyre in January/February 2017. Joyce will
Congratulations to Joyce for receiving a St. Louis Theatre Circle Award for her outstanding work as the title role in Tobias Picker's EMMELINE with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis this past year! Monday was a good night for opera, too. Honors
Joyce el-Khoury awesome in entire Mary Stuart run. Sat nite exquisite. Brava! @JoyceSoprano #SOMaryStuart @SeattleOpera — Eugene Carlson (@mauryisl) March 13, 2016 @JoyceSoprano @carlomontanaro @SeattleOpera Wonderful performance! — Hattie Kauffman (@Hatsfree) March 13, 2016 @JoyceSoprano &I was the gal on lower left orchestra side
On Saturday night, El-Khoury scored a triumph in the title role, combining an exquisite delicacy of sound with affecting vulnerability — yet producing plenty of steel in the confrontation scene in which she denounces Elizabeth as a “vil bastarda.” On Sunday, few in the house realized that El-Khoury had just sung this taxing role the previous evening — and you couldn’t tell it from her Sunday performance, either. Skillfully saving her voice when she could, singing full-out when it counted, El-Khoury rallied for a remarkable show and a final mighty effort, a brave high D. Brava!
Joyce is featured in the February/March issue of Ottawa Life Magazine. El-Khoury is taking the opera world by storm -Ottawa Life Magazine