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.

ECHO Klassik 2015 Awards Ceremony on October 18

Joyce DiDonato will receive ECHO Klassik’s 2015 Female Singer of the Year Award this week, given at a now sold-out ceremony on October 18 at the Konzerthaus Berlin. This honor recognizes her critically acclaimed album Stella di Napoli, also named Editor’s Choice by Gramophone Magazine and “Best Vocal Recital” by the International Classical Music Awards. She was also named ECHO Klassik’s Singer of the Year in 2010 and again in 2013, for her spectacular album Drama Queens


World Premiere of ‘Great Scott’ at The Dallas Opera

This autumn, Joyce DiDonato will create the role of Arden Scott in the world premiere of Great Scott at The Dallas Opera, with a score by Jake Heggie and a libretto by Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally. Ms. DiDonato has previously performed several of Mr. Heggie’s works, including the critically acclaimed world premiere of a song cycle based on the life of French sculptress Camille Claudel, and she sang “extraordinary” performances as Sister Helen Prejean in Dead Man Walking at Houston Grand Opera and New York City Opera.

The spectacular cast of Great Scott also features Frederica von Stade as Mrs. Edward “Winnie” Flato, Ailyn Pérez as Tatyana Bakst, and Nathan Gunn is Sid Taylor, with Patrick Summers leading The Dallas Opera Orchestra and Chorus. Critically acclaimed director Jack O’Brien and set/costume designer Bob Crowley have created this new production, with performances taking place at the Winspear Opera House October 30 and November 1, 4, 7 & 15.


Royal Opera House Tour in Japan

Joyce DiDonato travels to Japan this month, on tour with the Royal Opera House. She joins Antonio Pappano, the Royal Opera House Orchestra, and an acclaimed roster of colleagues for a series of performances throughout the country. Joyce sings Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni on September 13, 17 & 20 at Tokyo’s NHK Hall and September 23 at the Hyogo Performing Arts Center in Nishinomiya, with Ildebrando D’Arcangelo in the title role, Alex Esposito as Leporello, Rolando Villazón as Don Ottavio, and Albina Shagimuratova as Donna Anna in this Kasper Holten-directed production.

On September 19 Joyce also sings with the company in concert, with a programme featuring the Mozart Requiem and much loved arias from the composer, at NHK Hall.

Joyce wins 2015 ECHO Klassik Female Singer of the Year

Joyce DiDonato has been named ECHO Klassik’s 2015 Female Singer of the Year! This prestigious honor, the German equivalent of a Grammy Award, recognizes her spectacular album Stella di Napoli, which was also named Editor’s Choice by Gramophone Magazine and won the International Classical Music Award for “Best Vocal Recital.” She was also named Singer of the Year in 2010 and again in 2013, for her album Drama Queens

The ECHO Klassik awards ceremony takes place at the Konzerthaus Berlin on October 18; tickets and more information on the event will be available soon.


Joyce & Tony: Live at Wigmore Hall

“Joyce and Tony” they may be to Erato. To the rest of us they are mezzo Joyce DiDonato and Antonio Pappano, the Royal Opera’s music director, moonlighting here as accompanist.

Their recital at Wigmore Hall a year ago was hugely enjoyable. In this live recording it sounds even better. Was DiDonato really so gripping in Haydn’s Arianna a Naxos, so lambently beautiful of tone in rare songs by Francesco Santoliquido?

Did the two of them seduce the audience so ravishingly in their all-American hits by Jerome Kern and others? What a sublime encore to hear it all again.”

Richard Fairman – Financial Times


2016 Carnegie Hall Master Classes

Joyce DiDonato returns to Carnegie Hall this season, to lead Master Classes for young singers from January 8-10. These Classes will be streamed live from the Judith and Burton Resnick Education Wing via Enjoy the videos from her 2015 classes which are now archived at the following link, and this Opera-Online feature highlighting the experience.

Applications for singers (ages 18-35) will be available online on August 18, with a submission deadline of October 15. Visit for more information.

Joyce’s album ‘Stella di Napoli’ nominated for 2015 Gramophone Award!

Stella di Napoli, Joyce DiDonato’s critically-acclaimed release of Bel Canto gems, has been nominated for a 2015 Gramophone Award in the Best Recital category. Winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on September 17. Joyce previously won the “Artist of the Year” and “Recital of the Year” Awards from Gramophone in 2010, recognizing her Colbran, the Muse album of Rossini arias.

‘La Donna del Lago’ on PBS Great Performances

Joyce’s “dazzling” performance as Elena in Rossini’s La Donna del Lago from The Metropolitan Opera will air August 2 nationwide, on PBS Great Performances. She is joined by a spectacular international cast, including Juan Diego Flórez as Giacomo, Daniela Barcellona as Malcolm, John Osborn as Rodrigo, and Oren Gradus as Douglas, with Michele Mariotti leading the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Check your local listings at


Verbier Festival Debut with Esa-Pekka Salonen

This month, Joyce DiDonato makes her highly anticipated debut in the Verbier Festival’s Opening Concert, with a performance of Berlioz’s Les Nuits dété. She is joined by the Verbier Festival Orchestra, led by Esa-Pekka Salonen, on a programme that also features Strauss’ Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche and Schubert’s Symphony No. 3. Please note that ticket availability is extremely limited for this special event, which takes place on July 17.

Joyce can also be heard singing the Berlioz on a recording with the New York Philharmonic (2012) available via Amazon, heralded by critics as “pure sensual indulgence.” (ConcertoNet)

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