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Julianna Di Giacomo is an American operatic soprano who has had an active international singing career since 1999. She has performed leading roles with several major opera houses, including La Scala in Milan, the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, the Opéra-Comique in Paris, and the Teatro Real in Madrid. On the concert stage she has appeared with several notable orchestras, including the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, the Opera Orchestra of New York, and the Vienna Philharmonic.
Raised in Santa Monica, California, Di Giacomo was first introduced to opera by her tennis coach when she was a teenager. She fell in love with the art form and pursued studies in vocal performance at the University of California, Los Angeles. After graduating from UCLA, she entered the Merola Opera Program at the San Francisco Opera (SFO). She made her professional opera debut in 1999 with the Western Opera Theater, the SFO's touring company, as Donna Anna in a national tour of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Don Giovanni.
In 2004 Di Giacomo joined the Young Artist Program at the Santa Fe Opera. Her first career break came in 2006 when she replaced an indisposed Pamela Armstrong as Fiordiligi in Mozart's Così fan tutte at the New York City Opera. She returned to the NYCO the following year in a much lauded portrayal of Elvira in Don Giovanni. She also received positive reviews in 2007 for her performance of Fiora in L'amore dei tre re with the Opera Orchestra of New York at Carnegie Hall and for her portrayal of Leonora in Giuseppe Verdi's Il trovatore at the Caramoor International Music Festival.