Nov 27, 2015 | News | No Comments
Joyce DiDonato begins the first of many events in New York this season at the National Opera Center, featured as part of OPERA America’s ‘Conversations’ series on December 7. Ms. DiDonato joins Marc Scorca, President and CEO of OPERA America, in an evening of stories and discussion regarding her career and the state of the field. Although tickets for this event are now sold out, there will be a free livestream (and archived broadcast) via OPERA America Onstage.
Nov 24, 2015 | News | No Comments
Joyce DiDonato launches OPERA ROCKS, an online space for high school students curious about opera – DiDonato becomes the first singer to fund and run such an initiative
Nov 14, 2015 | Interviews | News | No Comments
The Metropolitan Opera
by Philipp Brieler
This month’s revival of La Donna del Lago reunites Joyce DiDonato—who won raves for her portrayal of the title role last season—with Lawrence Brownlee, her original co-star when Paul Curran’s staging was first
seen in Santa Fe in 2013. The two talk about delivering the high-flying vocal fireworks in Rossini’s Scotland-set drama.
Nov 12, 2015 | News | No Comments
Joyce DiDonato’s spectacular turn as Elena in The Metropolitan Opera’s production of Rossini’s La Donna del Lago is available for pre-order on DVD and Blu-ray formats, via Amazon.com. This Paul Curran-directed production features some of the world’s greatest bel canto artists, including Juan Diego Flórez, Daniela Barcellona, John Osborn, and Oren Gradus, with conductor Michele Mariotti. Ms. DiDonato returns to star in this production from December 11-26 at the Met.
Enjoy a preview of the duet “Cielo! in qual estasi” on YouTube, and visit Amazon to secure your copy of this thrilling production today!
“Ms. DiDonato sang Rossini’s beguiling phrases with soft yet penetrating richness, subtly folding ornaments and runs into the long melodic arcs . . . The aria eventually breaks into joyous bursts of dazzling coloratura passagework, with rousing exclamations from the chorus, and Ms. DiDonato delivered . . . It was good to have the stage so bright for Ms. DiDonato’s triumphant performance of “Tanti affetti.” Besides adding an important Rossini opera to the Met’s repertory, this production gives those who have only heard her sing that aria as an encore a chance to get to know the long opera that precedes it.”
Anthony Tommasini – The New York Times
“Joyce DiDonato emerges triumphant. It doesn’t take much courage to tell the listening public that DiDonato is among the world’s greatest singing actors of any voice type; on Monday she was beyond perfect. Given the opportunity to introduce a major role to the Met’s audience, she gave a performance that may ultimately stand as a high point in her already lofty career. What we heard was one of the world’s best voices in top form—her tone was pure honey, her coloratura effortlessly fluttering, her ornamentation fearless.”
Eric C. Simpson – New York Classical Review
“Vocally she is at the top of her game. Technically a mezzo, her range is such that she can easily take soprano roles and soar. She is also a first-rate actress, convincing both as the maiden in love we first meet and as the reluctant bride-to-be. Her smile alone would melt any king’s heart.”
Wilborn Hampton – Huffington Post
Nov 5, 2015 | News | No Comments
On November 13, Joyce DiDonato and a spectacular group of colleagues will perform at The Opera Lovers’ Broadway Event in Dallas. This evening, hosted at the Winspear Opera House, is a fundraiser to benefit the Dallas Street Choir, a musical outlet for persons experiencing homelessness and economic hardship. Composer Jake Heggie serves as accompanist for the evening, which also features Frederica von Stade, Ailyn Pérez, Rodell Rosel, and Anthony Roth Costanzo, in addition to a special appearance by the Dallas Street Choir. 100% of the proceeds raised from this event will directly benefit the DSC. Visit the following link for tickets and more information.
Oct 31, 2015 | News | Opera Reviews | Press | No Comments
“. . . some of the plot developments and casting bordered on brilliance . . . DiDonato was a wonder. With every technical effect perfectly executed, she proved herself once again a star. In the admirably clear, superior acoustics of Dallas’ Winspear Opera House, the particular heart-tugging quality of her voice came through admirably. And thanks to director Jack O’Brien and choreographer John de los Santos, her acting and movement – everyone’s really – was dynamic and convincing . . .
Great Scott is a hoot . . . a Blu-ray and DVD of this wonderful production is a necessity. Only the stuffy could possibly resist.”
Jason Victor Serinus – Classical Voice North America
“It is, simply, one of the most engaging modern operas produced this century. See it, and you’ll talk about it for years . . . The acclaimed soprano Arden Scott (Joyce DiDonato . . . was in fine form and acted brilliantly) . . .”
Arnold Wayne Jones – Dallas Voice
Oct 11, 2015 | News | No Comments
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.
Oct 1, 2015 | News | No Comments
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.
Sep 8, 2015 | News | No Comments
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.