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The world needs you. Now, the world may not exactly realize it, but wow, does it need you. It is yearning, starving, dying for you and your healing offer of service through your Art. We need you to help us understand that which is bigger than ourselves, so that we can stop feeling so small, so isolated, so helpless that, in our fear, we stop contributing that which is unique to us: that distinct, rare, individual quality which the world is desperately crying out for and eagerly awaiting. We need you to remind us what unbridled, unfiltered, childlike exuberance feels like, so we remember, without apology or disclaimer, to laugh, to play, to FLY and to stop taking EVERYTHING so damn seriously.”

Read the entire speech here.

Gala Concert in Helsinki

Joyce DiDonato travels to Finland this month, as the featured artist in a special Gala Concert event at Helsinki’s Finlandia-Talo, on February 14. Tickets are available via Ticketmaster; please note several seating areas are now sold-out, with limited availability remaining in the theater.

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SemperOpernball in Dresden

Joyce DiDonato is a featured artist for this year’s SemperOpernball, at the Semperoper Dresden on January 29. This spectacular annual event highlights acclaimed artists from a variety of genres. The 2016 programme also includes pop singer Semino Rossi, dancers from the Lido in Paris, and students from the Warsaw School of Arts and their costume extravaganza. Ticket levels and more information for this not-to-be-missed evening are available at the following link.

Joyce DiDonato to star in documentary feature film as Florence Foster Jenkins

The acclaimed opera star makes her cinematic debut portraying ‘the worst singer of all time’.
Shooting for the The Florence Foster Jenkins Story starts in January

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Carnegie Hall Master Classes

Joyce kicks off 2016 with a series of three master classes in Carnegie Hall’s Judith and Burton Resnick Education Wing, January 8, 9 & 10. Singers from across the US were invited to apply, and the four selected participants will work with Joyce on arias of their choosing. The classes will also be streamed live online on Medici.tv. Archived video from DiDonato’s 2015 Carnegie Master Classes is now available to stream via Medici.tv.

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‘Best of 2015’ highlights

Joyce DiDonato had an extraordinary 2015! Enjoy these calendar year-end features from the press, celebrating her top performances, events, and album releases from this past year. Stay tuned for more exciting news in 2016!

Music soared in Kansas City in 2015 . . . One of the biggest concerts of the year happened the first day of February. To celebrate its 50th anniversary season, the Harriman-Jewell Series presented Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Florez in a duo recital. The beloved hometown diva and the Peruvian tenor put on a smashing show. One could tell that this was more than a recital for these two opera superstars. Florez was a longtime friend of the founder of the series, Richard Harriman, and DiDonato attended Harriman-Jewell concerts when she was growing up in Prairie Village. She often has talked about the importance of the series in her own musical life. DiDonato and Florez put on a concert of love and celebration that started the new year in the best way possible.” (The Kansas City Star)

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Joyce DiDonato and Rufus Wainwright wax lyrical on opera

Warner Classics

It was only a matter of time before these two got together in a room to talk about their artform: mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato and composer/singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright met this week at New York City’s SubCulture venue to host a discussion about opera and music, art and life…And everything in between.

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Musical Connections Concert

Carnegie Hall – Weill Music Institute
Musical Connections performance featuring original compositions from inmates at Sing Sing Correctional Facility

WCLV Classical Interview

WCLV
by Angela Mitchell

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato has just been nominated for the Grammy for best classical solo vocal performance for “Joyce & Tony: Live at Wigmore Hall,” her new release with conductor-pianist Anthony Pappano. She also stars as Elena in the Metropolitan Opera’s production of La Donna del Lago by Rossini, this Saturday’s Met Radio Broadcast at 1:00 p.m. She spoke with WCLV’s Angela Mitchell about these two projects, her love of sharing opera with the next generation, singing the national anthem at the World Series, and lots more.

Listen to the interview here.

‘La Donna del Lago’ at The Met – “a complete vocal and dramatic achievement”

Returning to the role of Elena, the Highland maiden of the title, Joyce DiDonato is an absolute marvel. She came on strong from the very beginning, her voice in her entrance aria, “O mattutini albori,” unrolling like a bolt of silk. to hear her now is to hear a great voice in its prime: an easy, honeyed tone, ample volume, accurate pitch, a quick coloratura. Everything simply works for her, and on the foundation of that security she builds a sublime musical interpretation. 

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