Feb 18, 2015 | News | No Comments
“Opera lovers should sprint to the house to hear Joyce DiDonato’s performance . . .” (New York Classical Review)
Following a thrilling run of the production in Santa Fe, Joyce DiDonato has returned to the title role in Rossini’s La Donna del Lago in its Metropolitan Opera premiere, in a “beguiling” and “astounding” performance. Remaining dates for La Donna del Lago are February 20, 25 & 28, and March 3, 7, 10 & 14:
“For years, the superb mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato has sung “Tanti affetti,” the final showpiece aria from Rossini’s “La Donna del Lago” (The Lady of the Lake), as a surefire encore in recitals. But on Monday night on the Metropolitan Opera stage, vocal display seemed the last thing on her mind. Ms. DiDonato, playing the heroine Elena in the Met’s premiere production of this rich, tuneful Rossini melodrama, sang the opening of the aria with melting warmth and tenderness, supported by the sensitive playing of the Met orchestra under Michele Mariotti . . . On Monday, as the subdued first section of the aria began, the wondrous Ms. DiDonato and Mr. Mariotti, the fast-rising young Italian conductor, seemed almost in competition to see who could make music with more delicacy. Ms. DiDonato sang Rossini’s beguiling phrases with soft yet penetrating richness, subtly folding ornaments and runs into the long melodic arcs . . . The aria eventually breaks into joyous bursts of dazzling coloratura passagework, with rousing exclamations from the chorus, and Ms. DiDonato delivered . . .
During two long scenes together, the king falls hopelessly in love. And Ms. DiDonato, singing with glowing sound and affecting sweetness, makes clear that she is, for a moment, romantically aflutter . . . It was good to have the stage so bright for Ms. DiDonato’s triumphant performance of “Tanti affetti.” Besides adding an important Rossini opera to the Met’s repertory, this production gives those who have only heard her sing that aria as an encore a chance to get to know the long opera that precedes it.”
Anthony Tommasini – The New York Times More
Feb 9, 2015 | News | No Comments
As part of her Perspectives residency at Carnegie Hall and continued effort to engage youth through music education, Joyce DiDonato will present a series of three public master classes featuring four aspiring opera singers on February 21, 22, & 23, all of which will be streamed live on medici.tv. Tune in at 2 PM (EST) on each day to watch. The singers were selected from a revolutionary worldwide search held this past fall, and in addition to participation in the classes, they will also have a chance to see Joyce in action on The Met stage in Rossini’s La Donna del Lago. The featured performers are sopranos Alison King and Narea Son, mezzo-soprano Kayleigh Decker, and tenor Gerard Schneider, with pianists Miloš Repický and Renate Rohlfing. More
Feb 3, 2015 | News | No Comments
In addition to her highly anticipated performances at The Met in La Donna del Lago, Joyce DiDonato can be seen in recital and in concert this winter around the New York City metro area, beginning with a performance at Carnegie Hall as part of their Perspectives series. Ms. DiDonato is the featured artist of this year’s series; having sung a tremendous Alcina there earlier this season, as well as sharing Medici.tv’s first-ever live webcast from Carnegie of her recital titled ‘A Journey Through Venice.’
Her evening at Carnegie with the Brentano String Quartet takes place February 5, featuring stunning music by Charpentier, Debussy, a set of lullabies written by teen composers, and the world premiere of a song cycle by Jake Heggie, based on the tumultuous life of French sculptress Camille Claudel. Mr. Heggie and Ms. DiDonato are frequent collaborators, and audiences can also look forward to Joyce’s upcoming creation of the title role in Heggie’s new work Great Scott at The Dallas Opera. Joyce and the Brentano String Quartet will also take their program of French and new American music on the road, with a performance at Princeton University on February 18.
She returns to Carnegie Hall on March 18 for her last Perspectives performance, a spectacular bel canto concert with The Philadelphia Orchestra, led by Maurizio Benini. Ms. DiDonato is joined by esteemed colleagues soprano Nicole Cabell and tenor Lawrence Brownlee for this special appearance, with a program featuring beloved gems of the bel canto era including music by Rossini, Carafa, Donizetti, Pacini, and Bellini.