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.

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.


Critical acclaim for Joyce DiDonato’s Italian Music Concerts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Riccardo Muti

“It was hard to imagine a more compelling soloist than mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, a Chicago favorite making her CSO debut. She floated the vocal lines with a pliant, warmly appealing sound that was even in quality throughout its range, a wealth of subtle colorings, clear Italian diction and an interpretive intelligence that was caring of every twilit mood and complex emotion. Here was a performance as alluring as the tangerine-colored, neo-Grecian, off-the-shoulder gown DiDonato sported.


Riccardo Muti, Joyce DiDonato, Eric Owens Present Recital at Chicago Correctional Facility

by Stephen Raskauskas
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Maestro Riccardo Muti typically doesn’t pass through a metal detector or get a pat-down before conducting a concert. But the intimate recital he presented with Joyce DiDonato, Eric Owens, and musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, September 25, 2016 was different.

The concert took place at the Illinois Youth Center-Chicago (IYC-Chicago), one of five facilities that are part of the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice. Muti has made eight visits to Chicago-area correctional facilities in an effort to bring music into the community. This was his second time at IYC-Chicago.


BBC Radio 4: Desert Island Discs with Joyce DiDonato

Joyce DiDonato is the featured guest on the latest edition of BBC Radio 4’s program “Desert Island Discs,” hosted by Kirsty Young. Past guests on “Desert Island Discs” include activist Gloria Steinem, entrepreneur and philanthropist Bill Gates, and actress Dame Judi Dench. On her episode, Joyce shares the list of albums she would take with her to a desert island, along with anecdotes about her family, life, and career. Listen to the entire feature (or download the MP3) via the BBC!


Kennedy Center concert with the Brentano String Quartet

Joyce DiDonato and the Brentano String Quartet present a performance at the Kennedy Center on October 5, as part of the Fortas Chamber Music series. The programme features selections from J.S. Bach’s The Art of the Fugue, Haydn’s String Quartet No. 1 in E-flat major, Op. 20, Strauss songs arranged for mezzo-soprano and string quartet, as well as Heggie’s Camille Claudel: Into the Fire, a piece written for Ms. DiDonato. Please note subscription tickets are no longer available for this performance, as only single tickets remain.


In War & Peace – Harmony through Music

International release date: 4th November 2016

Pre-order the album here:  AmazoniTunes

“Perhaps my most personal project to date,” is how American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato describes In War and Peace: Harmony through Music. Her ambitions for this collection of arias from Baroque operas are substantial. Surrounded as we are by instability, she hopes it will help us find an answer to a vitally important question: “In the midst of chaos, how do you find peace?”


“The Joyce of Music: Seattle Symphony’s opening night”

by Thomas May
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“Wishing your lover dead is a terrible way to come back to Seattle,” remarked Joyce DiDonato, her lips twisting in mock consternation as she faced the tumultuous applause following her outrageously over-the-top rendition of “Ove t’aggiri, o barbaro” from Giovanni Pacini’s 1845 dramma lirico Stella di Napoli (the title, too, of her 2014 release blending bel canto classics and rarities). The mezzo-soprano was in town to guest star with the Seattle Symphony as the orchestra launched its new season with music director Ludovic Morlot, his sixth with the SSO. Naturally, the occasion was aimed primarily at morale-boosting, accentuating the positive. And for that, DiDonato sustained just the right balance of charisma and grace, knowing exactly how to keep her audience in the palm of her hand without eclipsing her vivid collaboration with the players and Morlot.


BBC Desert Island Discs feature

Enjoy a recent interview with Joyce DiDonato on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs program airing on Sunday, September 25, hosted by Kirsty Young. Joyce lists her top eight recordings that she would take with her to a desert island on this acclaimed programme which boasts millions of listeners worldwide.

“Poems That Make Grown Women Cry” – featuring a selection from Joyce DiDonato

Following the success of their anthology Poems That Make Grown Men Cry, father-and-son team Anthony and Ben Holden, working with Amnesty International, have asked the same revealing question of 100 remarkable women. What poem has moved you to tears?  The poems chosen range from the eighth century to today, from Rumi and Shakespeare to Sylvia Plath, W.H. Auden to Carol Ann Duffy, Pablo Neruda and Derek Walcott to Imtiaz Dharker and Warsan Shire. Their themes range from love and loss, through mortality and mystery, war and peace, to the beauty and variety of nature. Alongside Dame Judi Dench, Joan Baez, Yoko Ono and 100 other extraordinary women, Joyce DiDonato selects the poem that always makes her cry: Emily Dickinson’s “The World Feels Dusty” to share in this unique collection, that delivers private insights into the minds of women whose writing, acting, and thinking are admired around the world.


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