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Born New Jersey.

American soprano.

Joanna Bruno trained in New York, at the Juilliard School of Music. In 1970 she sang Ann Trulove in The Rake's Progress at the Juilliard Theatre, and repeated this part in Santa Fe as well as with Netherlands Opera, when that company performed the production that David Pountney had created for Scottish Opera. She returned to Netherlands Opera to sing Mimì, and sang Musetta in Paris.

She was particularly associated with the works of Gian-Carlo Menotti, and sang Monica in The Medium at the Spoleto Festival. In 1971 she created the part of Cora in The Most Important Man with New York City Opera, a role that she repeated at Trieste.

Her Scottish Opera debut came in 1974, as Mimì, and she returned for further performances of Bohème as well as adding Desdemona and Butterfly.

Roles in Scotland

Mimì a seamstress
Bohème 1974
Bohème 1976
Desdemona Otello's wife
Otello 1976
Otello 1977
Cio-Cio-San known as Madam Butterfly
Madam Butterfly 1976
Madam Butterfly 1978

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