New York-based soprano Ermonela Jaho was born in Albania and studied singing at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. She is in demand internationally as Violetta ("La Traviata"), Suor Angelica ("Il Trittico") and in the title role of "Madama Butterfly", a role which she has sung at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris and the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Guest appearances have taken her to the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, La Scala Milan, the Vienna State Opera, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, as well as to the opera houses of Rome, Venice, Naples, Barcelona, Zurich, Brussels and Washington. Her repertoire includes roles such as Liù ("Turandot"), Gilda ("Rigoletto"), Desdemona ("Otello"), Rosalinde ("Die Fledermaus"), Antonia ("Les Contes d'Hoffmann"), Blanche ("Dialogues des Carmélites"), as well as the title role in "Anna Bolena". In addition to the Italian heroines, she has also embraced less frequently performed works such as Jules Massenet's "Thaïs", the title role of which she sang in the Chinese premiere of the opera and at the Teatro Real Madrid. Ermonela Jaho graces the Wiesbaden stage as Cio-Cio-San in "Madama Butterfly" at the 2019 International May Festival.