“Joyce DiDonato’s performance as Donizetti’s Mary Queen of Scots leaves one bereft of superlatives. So let me start by claiming that bel canto of this quality has not been heard at Covent Garden for more than a generation and that, on the strength of this night alone, her name should rank in the operatic pantheon alongside the greatest legends of the past.

Flawless technical virtuosity – based in firm legato, lucid projection, clean diction, breath control, fast trills and precisely articulated runs – makes every note tell. But this is the mere machinery, the hard work.

DiDonato has the rarer gift of imaginative musicality, too, and it’s the glowing beauty of tone, warm shaping of phrase, delicate colouring of words and intense commitment to character which cast the magic and make the drama meaningful.”

Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph


February 12, 15, 18
23 & 26
March 3


Bayerische Staatsoper
*New Production
Michele Mariotti, conductor
David Alden, director

March 17


Grand Théâtre de Genève
Maurizio Benini, conductor

April 15 & 17


Philharmonique Strasbourg
John Nelson, conductor

April 25

Ann Arbor

University of Michigan Hill Auditorium
The English Concert
Harry Bicket, conductor

April 28

Kansas City

Harriman-Jewell Series
The English Concert
Harry Bicket, conductor

April 30

New York City

Carnegie Hall
The English Concert
Harry Bicket, conductor

May 2

Washington D.C.

The Kennedy Center
The English Concert
Harry Bicket, conductor

May 7

New York City

Metropolitan Opera
James Levine, conductor
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus

May 12


Theater an der Wien
The English Concert
Harry Bicket, conductor

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