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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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Handel’s ‘Ariodante’ on tour throughout the US and Europe

Starring in the title role of Handel’s Ariodante, Joyce DiDonato joins conductor Harry Bicket, The English Concert, and a spectacular roster of singers for an international tour at some of Europe and the United States’ most acclaimed venues.

The U.S. leg of the tour begins at the University of Michigan’s Hill Auditorium (April 25), followed by performances at Kansas City’s Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts (April 28), New York’s Carnegie Hall (April 30), and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. (May 2). The artists then travel to Europe, for engagements at Theater an der Wien (May 12), the newly completed Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg (May 14), London’s Barbican Centre (May 16), with a final performance in Paris at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées (May 18).

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“Joyce DiDonato, Queen of the Night in Geneva!” (Bachtrack)

“Champagne and yes more champagne were needed to mark the 30th anniversary of the Circle of the Grand Theater of Geneva! Indeed, the performance of the American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato would be breathtaking: sumptuousness of the timbre, sublime phrasing, vocally superlative and nevertheless without surprise, not preventing in any way a salutary relaxation, a simple and direct relation with the public, a generosity even in how to speak to us about the troubled times we are going through and the mistakes of humanity … a Diva yes, but committed.”

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Role debut as Didon in Berlioz’ ‘Les Troyens’

Joyce DiDonato makes her greatly anticipated debut as Didon, Queen of Carthage, in two concert performances of Berlioz’ Les Troyens at the PMC Salle Érasme in Strasbourg. Maestro John Nelson leads the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg for these concerts, hosted on April 15 & 17, which will be recorded for a future album release. The starry cast also features tenor Michael Spyres as Énée, Marie-Nicole Lemieux as Cassandre, and Stéphane Degout sings Chorèbe.

For more information visit the Philharmonique online.

Joyce DiDonato is “regal” and “riveting” in role debut as Semiramide

“On February 12, at the first evening of its new Semiramide production in the Nationaltheater, Bavarian State Opera proved itself more than equal to the challenge of finding an ideal cast for a work that depends on the virtuosity of its singers for its success. Joyce DiDonato’s enormous talent is unparalleled in today’s opera world; she has the allure of a true diva without the baggage associated with that word. Her regal bearing spoke volumes, her emotional involvement in the title role was riveting and her brilliant coloratura took one’s breath away. DiDonato’s “Bel raggio lusinghier” brought down the house in Act I, and she amazed and stupefied her audience throughout the entire evening.”

Jeffrey A. Leipsic – Opera News

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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