Jan 21, 2015 | News | No Comments
Joyce DiDonato returns to The Metropolitan Opera next month in a stunning production of Rossini’s bel canto gem, La Donna del Lago. Ms. DiDonato was originally seen in this production in Santa Fe in 2013, which was the “highlight of the summer” (New York Classical Review) and a showcase vehicle for Joyce in one of her signature roles: “. . . Joyce DiDonato absolutely shines. She astounds as she easily tosses off all of the virtuosic acrobatics, all the time maintaining a sympathetic character who is so torn by events and conflicting loyalties that she teeters on madness. You believe her every minute.” (TheaterJones) La Donna del Lago was such a success in Santa Fe that they added an additional performance of the opera to the calendar, for the first time in company history. Enjoy The Met’s video preview of this incredible production.
She reunites with tenor Juan Diego Flórez, who sings the role of Giacomo V (they were last seen together at The Met in La Cenerentola), along with other spectacular colleagues including Daniela Barcellona as Malcolm Groeme, John Osborn as Rodrigo di Dhu, and Oren Gradus as Douglas d’Angus, with Maestro Michele Mariotti leading the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus. Performances take place February 16, 20, 25 & 28, and March 3, 7, 10 & 14. La Donna del Lago will also receive a Live in HD broadcast worldwide on March 14, with encores in the U.S. and Canada.
Jan 19, 2015 | News | No Comments
On February 1 Joyce DiDonato joins acclaimed tenor Juan Diego Flórez for their first ever duo-recital, as part of the Harriman-Jewell Series 50th Anniversary season in Kansas City, MO. This gala concert takes place in the Kaufmann Center’s Helzberg Hall, and is a highlight of the series’ celebratory year of events. Joyce, a Kansas City native, is thrilled to join her friend and fabulous colleague for this special performance, featuring a variety of music including favorites from the bel canto era.
Ms. DiDonato and Mr. Flórez recently starred in La Cenerentola at the Metropolitan Opera to great acclaim, further cementing the strength of their vocal partnership: “Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez are one of the golden couples of the bel canto repertoire . . .” (Seen and Heard International)
Ticket packages for the recital, including a pre-performance brunch, are available now – for more information visit the H-J Series online.
Jan 16, 2015 | News | No Comments
Earlier this week Joyce joined composer Jake Heggie and CEO Keith Cerny to launch Dallas Opera’s 2015-16 season announcement at a kick-off event. The launch also featured the talented musicians of the Highland Park High School Band, making it a pep rally of operatic proportions! Joyce will create the role of Arden Scott in Heggie’s Great Scott next season in Dallas, with a libretto from Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally. Great Scott is the story of an opera star (Scott) that returns to her hometown opera company to save it from ruin. Ms. DiDonato is joined by a world-class cast for this new work, including Frederica von Stade, Nathan Gunn, and Ailyn Pérez, with Patrick Summers leading the Dallas Opera Orchestra. Performances take place October 30 and November 1, 4, 7 & 15.
The International Opera Awards nominations were also released this week, and Joyce is the only singer to be nominated individually in two categories, for her album ‘Stella di Napoli’ as well as a nomination for Female Singer of the Year. Congrats to all the nominees!