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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.”

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Role debut as ‘Semiramide’ in Munich

Joyce DiDonato begins the New Year with a greatly anticipated debut, in the title role of Rossini’s Semiramide. She sings the role at Munich’s Bayerische Staatsoper in a new production by David Alden, on February 12, 15, 18, 23 & 26 and March 3. Ms. DiDonato will also reprise her portrayal as part of the venue’s summer Opernfestspiele, with additional performances on July 21 & 24. Please note the February 12 & 18 dates are now sold-out, with limited tickets remaining for all other shows; the premiere will also receive a live broadcast via BR-Klassik, and the February 26 performance will be streamed LIVE via Staatsoper.tv.

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PBS New Year’s Eve Concert Special featuring Joyce DiDonato, Paolo Szot, Alan Gilbert & The New York Philharmonic

Watch the entire online broadcast from the 2016 Rogers & Hammerstein-themed New Year’s Eve programme, featuring soloists Joyce DiDonato and Paolo Szot, with Maestro Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic.

Opera singer Joyce DiDonato inspires Sing Sing prison inmates through song

The Today Show

Joyce DiDonato, one of the world’s greatest opera singers, is inspiring maximum-security prison inmates with her voice. Sing Sing is one of the most notorious prisons in the world, and it’s there that DiDonato has broken stereotypes and created a bond with prisoners using classical music theory.

Watch the entire feature via The Today Show

“In War & Peace” signed double LP giveaway from Warner Classics/Erato!

Enter here for your chance to win a signed double LP set of “In War & Peace” from Warner Classics/Erato! The competition closes on Christmas Day, and the winner will be contacted on January 3, 2017.

One of opera’s most outspoken and impassioned personalities, Joyce DiDonato reminds us with her new album In War and Peace that music – throughout the ages, and now more than ever – “soothes turmoil, threatens power and the status quo, and gloriously exalts the spirit.” Her selection of arias demonstrates how powerfully Baroque opera explores the extremes of human nature – from the tumult of Handel’s Scenes of Horror, Scenes of Woe to Purcell’s unforgettable descent into despair, Dido’s Lament. Energetic Italian Baroque ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro, with harpsichordist/conductor Maxim Emelyanychev, are sensitive partners on this unique journey through music towards the peace we are all striving for.

Joyce DiDonato, Paulo Szot, Alan Gilbert & the New York Philharmonic Ring in the New Year on PBS

This New Year’s Eve, LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER rings in 2017 with the New York Philharmonic as international opera star Joyce DiDonato and Tony Award winner Paulo Szot join Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert for an Enchanted Evening. Humorist and CBS Sunday Morning correspondent Mo Rocca hosts the broadcast from David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center. (Concert tickets & more information via the NYPhil / “Enchanted Evening” preview via PBS)

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Joyce DiDonato interview: ‘We need music to fill us with courage, not doom’

The Telegraph
by Rupert Christiansen
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The world’s problems are manifold. But, mezzo star Joyce DiDonato tells Rupert Christiansen, if we listen carefully opera can help us solve them

Joyce DiDonato is in her prime. A beautiful, vivacious mezzo-soprano from Kansas City, the 47-year-old has dazzled at the Last Night of the Proms, won a brace of awards for her recordings, enjoyed standing ovations everywhere from Carnegie Hall to Covent Garden and sent critics scrabbling for superlatives. The only way from such an eminence is down, so it’s fortunate that hers is not a head that is easily turned or distracted.

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“In War and Peace” on tour in the US and Europe

This season Joyce DiDonato and Il Pomo d’Oro, with conductor Maxim Emelyanychev, will embark on an international tour promoting “In War and Peace,” Ms. DiDonato’s latest album release on Warner Classics/Erato. Visit InWarandPeace.com for a complete list of tour dates, media features, and other information.

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Carnegie Hall Master Class video archive available on Medici.tv

The complete video archive of Joyce DiDonato’s master classes at Carnegie Hall, including her most recent classes (October 29 – 31, 2016) are available for viewing via Medici.tv! All 2016 classes can be watched for FREE at the following link, with excerpts available from the 2015 classes as well.

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.

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