Tour Dates


October 29 - New York City

Master Class


October 30 - New York City

Master Class


October 30 - New York City

Richard Tucker Music Foundation Gala


October 31 - New York City

Master Class


November 13, 2016 - Paris



Joyce DiDonato: how I found harmony in music of war and peace

The Guardian

Joyce DiDonato: It’s 16 November, 2015: I am seated at my father’s old piano in tranquil, uneventful Kansas City, Missouri, with a pile of 60 obscure Neapolitan arias. I’m researching music for my new album, music by composers such as Niccolò Jomelli and Leonardo Leo, who wrote in a post-classical, pre-bel canto world that is sorely underrepresented today on recordings and concert platforms.

My task is to select 10 of these obscure arias to feature on my album and perform on a world tour. Just the day before I had been in glossy Dallas, Texas singing the final emotion-filled performance of a new opera written for me by Jake Heggie titled Great Scott, which asks the pressing question, “Does art matter?” – a question I often contemplate.


Critical acclaim for Joyce DiDonato’s Italian Music Concerts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Riccardo Muti

“It was hard to imagine a more compelling soloist than mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, a Chicago favorite making her CSO debut. She floated the vocal lines with a pliant, warmly appealing sound that was even in quality throughout its range, a wealth of subtle colorings, clear Italian diction and an interpretive intelligence that was caring of every twilit mood and complex emotion. Here was a performance as alluring as the tangerine-colored, neo-Grecian, off-the-shoulder gown DiDonato sported.


Riccardo Muti, Joyce DiDonato, Eric Owens Present Recital at Chicago Correctional Facility

by Stephen Raskauskas
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Maestro Riccardo Muti typically doesn’t pass through a metal detector or get a pat-down before conducting a concert. But the intimate recital he presented with Joyce DiDonato, Eric Owens, and musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, September 25, 2016 was different.

The concert took place at the Illinois Youth Center-Chicago (IYC-Chicago), one of five facilities that are part of the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice. Muti has made eight visits to Chicago-area correctional facilities in an effort to bring music into the community. This was his second time at IYC-Chicago.



“Lascia ch’io pianga”

In War & Peace

In War & Peace: Behind the scenes

In the midst of chaos, how do YOU find peace?

Joyce DiDonato: In War & Peace

(Handel: ‘Pensieri, voi mi tormentate’)


“As expected, DiDonato has virtuosity to spare, but what makes this disc special is the shimmering radiance of emotion she brings to operas such as Bellini’s Adelson e Salvini and Pacini’s Saffo. In Mary Stuart’s radiantly sung solo before her execution DiDonato leaves no doubt that her own star is at its height.”
-Financial Times


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“These are the 15 absolute greatest sopranos of all time” (ClassicFM)

Joyce DiDonato: A thoroughly modern soprano: outspoken, but never out-sung. Joyce is an audience favourite with the credentials to back it up, from core operatic repertoire to revelling in the golden age of musicals. In one memorable episode in 2007, she broke her leg on stage and managed to finish the show – and then finished the rest of the run performing from a wheelchair.



There will always be more freedom to acquire and more truth to uncover.

~ Joyce DiDonato