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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.

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Joyce & Tony: Live at Wigmore Hall

Last year’s recital by the dream duo of Joyce DiDonato and Antonio Pappano works wonderfully as a double CD – arguably more effective than the concert itself. Haydn’s dramatic scena, Arianna a Naxos, comes into its own, the seriousness, virtuosity and beauty of the performance easier to enjoy in private contemplation. The songs of Francesco Santoliquido (1883-1971) sound silken rather than cloying. On CD2, the selection from big-name American songwriters – Stephen Foster, Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, Richard Rodgers – never disappoints. All the Things You Are, I Love a Piano and Over the Rainbow act as touching encores. DiDonato’s immaculate voice relishes every vowel sound, Pappano responds with pianistic wit and idiomatic invention. Ad libs and applause are judiciously included. All a delight.”

Fiona Maddocks – The Guardian

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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 medici.tv. 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 CarnegieHall.org 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 PBS.com.

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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)

Le Concert de Paris

On July 14, Joyce DiDonato joins a spectacular group of colleagues for Le Concert de Paris, an annual concert event and celebration at the Eiffel Tower. The programme also includes performances from Bryn Terfel, Lang Lang, Sonya Yoncheva and many others, with Daniele Gatti leading L’Orchestre national de France and Radio France Choir. This special event, with an estimated live audience of more than half a million people, will be simulcast from the Champ de Mars and will also receive a re-broadcast via France 2, Culturebox, and France Musique.

Joyce’s latest album – cover reveal and release date

Joyce DiDonato’s latest release on the Warner Classics/Erato label, a 2-CD set titled Joyce & Tony – Live at the Wigmore Hall, will be available for sale worldwide on August 28 and is now available for preorder via Amazon.co.uk. As a preview for her fans, she is releasing pieces of the cover art via social media, with the full cover to be released publicly on June 19. Follow Joyce on Twitter (@JoyceDiDonato) and Instagram (@joycedidonato) and search the hashtag #FridayReveal to see the selections!

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I CAPULETI E I MONTECCHI IN ZÜRICH

This summer, Joyce DiDonato returns to the role of Romeo in Bellini’s thrilling I Capuleti e i Montecchi. She brings her “magnificent” portrayal to the Opernhaus Zürich, in a new production from venerated director Christoph Loy, featured as part of Opernhaus’ Bellini cycle. She is joined by Olga Kulchynska as Giulietta, Benjamin Bernheim as Tebaldo, and Roberto Lorenzi as Lorenzo, with Music Director Fabio Luisi leading the Philharmonia Zürich and Chor der Oper Zürich. Performances take place June 21, 24, 27 & 30, and July 5, 7, 9 & 12 at the Hauptbühne Opernhaus.

Ms. DiDonato’s performance as Romeo from San Francisco Opera is also available on DVD; enjoy a trailer of the recording on YouTube.

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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.

~ Joyce DiDonato