May 21, 2015 | News | No Comments
This summer, Joyce DiDonato returns to the role of Romeo in Bellini’s thrilling I Capuleti e i Montecchi. She brings her “magnificent” portrayal to the Opernhaus Zürich, in a new production from venerated director Christoph Loy, featured as part of Opernhaus’ Bellini cycle. She is joined by Olga Kulchynska as Giulietta, Benjamin Bernheim as Tebaldo, and Roberto Lorenzi as Lorenzo, with Music Director Fabio Luisi leading the Philharmonia Zürich and Chor der Oper Zürich. Performances take place June 21, 24, 27 & 30, and July 5, 7, 9 & 12 at the Hauptbühne Opernhaus.
Ms. DiDonato’s performance as Romeo from San Francisco Opera is also available on DVD; enjoy a trailer of the recording on YouTube.
May 1, 2015 | News | No Comments
Following her Drama Queens tour across Asia, Joyce DiDonato returns to the U.S. for a series of performances. She and pianist David Zobel will present a sold-out recital at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica on May 16. Ms. DiDonato and Mr. Zobel previously played the venue in 2011 to spectacular reviews:
Joyce DiDonato won over local opera fans when she sang Rosina in Los Angeles Opera’s sparkling production of Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville” in 2009. On Friday, the Kansas-born mezzo-soprano, named Gramophone magazine’s 2010 artist of the year, conquered again . . . The silver-toned mezzo made it all compelling and credible . . . with such solid technique, she should be able to continue for a long time and even reach new heights.
Chris Pasles – The Los Angeles Times
Joyce makes her debut in Minnesota on May 19, as a featured performer of the Schubert Club’s International Artist series. The event takes place at the Ordway in St. Paul in its newly completed Concert Hall, with a programme featuring music by Rossini, Mozart, Reynaldo Hahn, and Fernando Obradors. Ticket inventory for this special event is extremely limited.
Apr 30, 2015 | News | No Comments
At a meeting on April 28, Joyce DiDonato was elected as a member of Carnegie Hall’s Board of Trustees. The news follows her hugely successful Carnegie Hall Perspectives residency this season, which showed off a wide range of her interests and talents not just as a leading opera star, but as an educator and passionate advocate for young singers.
Consolidating her place as a great favourite of Carnegie Hall audiences, Perspectives included a complete performance of Handel’s Alcina with The English Concert; a ‘Journey through Venice’ with pianist David Zobel, and a celebration of bel canto with The Philadelphia Orchestra. A particular highlight grew out of her participation in the Weill Music Institute’s Lullaby Project—a Carnegie Hall programme that engages young mothers from local shelters and prisons in song-writing workshops — when she selected and sang lullabies written by the participants in commissioned arrangements by Luna Pearl Woolf in a Zankel Hall concert with the Brentano String Quartet. She also led a set of public master classes for young singers which had an unprecedented number of views on the medici.tv website, nearly 300,000 to date, and worked extensively with New York City middle school students.