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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.

Upcoming recitals in the U.S.

Following her Drama Queens tour across Asia, Joyce DiDonato returns to the U.S. for a series of performances. She and pianist David Zobel will present a sold-out recital at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica on May 16. Ms. DiDonato and Mr. Zobel previously played the venue in 2011 to spectacular reviews:

Joyce DiDonato won over local opera fans when she sang Rosina in Los Angeles Opera’s sparkling production of Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville” in 2009. On Friday, the Kansas-born mezzo-soprano, named Gramophone magazine’s 2010 artist of the year, conquered again . . . The silver-toned mezzo made it all compelling and credible . . . with such solid technique, she should be able to continue for a long time and even reach new heights.

Chris Pasles – The Los Angeles Times

Joyce makes her debut in Minnesota on May 19, as a featured performer of the Schubert Club’s International Artist series. The event takes place at the Ordway in St. Paul in its newly completed Concert Hall, with a programme featuring music by Rossini, Mozart, Reynaldo Hahn, and Fernando Obradors. Ticket inventory for this special event is extremely limited.

Joyce DiDonato elected to the Board of Carnegie Hall

At a meeting on April 28, Joyce DiDonato was elected as a member of Carnegie Hall’s Board of Trustees. The news follows her hugely successful Carnegie Hall Perspectives residency this season, which showed off a wide range of her interests and talents not just as a leading opera star, but as an educator and passionate advocate for young singers.

Consolidating her place as a great favourite of Carnegie Hall audiences, Perspectives included a complete performance of Handel’s Alcina with The English Concert; a ‘Journey through Venice’ with pianist David Zobel, and a celebration of bel canto with The Philadelphia Orchestra. A particular highlight grew out of her participation in the Weill Music Institute’s Lullaby Project—a Carnegie Hall programme that engages young mothers from local shelters and prisons in song-writing workshops — when she selected and sang lullabies written by the participants in commissioned arrangements by Luna Pearl Woolf in a Zankel Hall concert with the Brentano String Quartet. She also led a set of public master classes for young singers which had an unprecedented number of views on the medici.tv website, nearly 300,000 to date, and worked extensively with New York City middle school students.

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Drama Queens tour in Asia

Joyce brings the thrilling programme from her award-winning album Drama Queens on tour this spring, her first throughout the Asian continent. She has previously toured the program across the United States, in New York City, San Francisco, and Kansas City, as well as several European appearances, including London, Paris, Barcelona, Madrid, and Brussels.

Ms. DiDonato will be accompanied by the illustrious period ensemble Il pomo d’oro, led by Music Director and violinist Dmitry Sinkovsky. The first performance takes place at the dazzling Royal House Muscat in Oman, on May 1. They continue on to Singapore’s Esplande Concert Hall on May 4, Hong Kong’s HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall on May 6, the Grand Theatre in Shanghai on May 8, and Beijing’s Concert Hall of NCPA on May 10. The spectacular program features vocal works by several of the 17th and 18th century’s best-known composers, including Handel, Monteverdi, and Gluck, as well as orchestral pieces by Scarlatti and Vivaldi.

See what the critics had to say about Joyce’s previous Drama Queens performances!

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Role debut as Charlotte in ‘Werther’ at the Royal Opera

Next season, Joyce makes her highly anticipated role debut as Charlotte in Massenet’s romantic tragedy Werther at the Royal Opera House. Ms. DiDonato stars alongside tenor Vittorio Grigolo in the title role, with the Royal Opera’s Music Director Sir Antonio Pappano leading the orchestra and chorus. This will be a reunion for Ms. DiDonato and Mr. Pappano in London, following their thrilling recital last year at Wigmore Hall.

Performances take place June 19, 24 & 27 and July 3, 6 & 13, with the June 27 performance receiving a live broadcast into cinemas worldwide.

Stella di Napoli wins 2015 BBC Music Magazine Award

Joyce DiDonato’s latest release on the Warner Classics/Erato label, Stella di Napoli, has been honored with a 2015 BBC Music Magazine Vocal Award. Joyce shared the following message with her fans on Facebook in response to this spectacular win:

“An enormous thank you to BBC Music Magazine for this beautiful honor. This is one that is particularly meaningful to me since it is voted on by you, the fans. Not to sound like a broken record, but I’m unspeakably grateful for the opportunity to sing for you all, and particularly in the case of this album, to bring “new” music into your lives. Thank you for listening and sharing!!!”

The awards were presented at the BBC Music Magazine’s 10th annual ceremony, held at King’s Palace in London. Congrats to all of this year’s winners!

European Tour with Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic

Joyce joins forces with the New York Philharmonic and Music Director Alan Gilbert for a whirlwind European tour, beginning with a performance at the National Concert Hall in Dublin on April 16, followed by a concert at The Barbican in London on April 17. The program includes Ravel’s Shéhérazade and the UK premiere of Salonen’s Nyx, and is a highlight of Joyce’s Artist Spotlight series at the venue, which also included a wildly successful performance of selections from her album Stella di Napoli in September and a spectacular concert setting of Handel’s Alcina in October. The tour continues with concerts at the famed Concertgebow in Amsterdam on April 21, the Philharmonie Luxembourg on April 23, and the Philharmonie de Paris on April 25. The performance at the Philharmonie on the 25th will also receive a live broadcast via Medici.tv.

While in London, she will also reunite with the Brentano String Quartet on April 14 at The Barbican, to reprise the stunning program from their Carnegie Hall performance earlier this season, which will include the European premiere of Jake Heggie’s Camille Claudel: Into the Fire. Ticket availability is extremely limited for this special event, which also includes a post-show Q&A session with Ms. DiDonato and Mr. Heggie.

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