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.

“Hear this Naples — it’s to die for”

Critics are sharing their enthusiastic responses to Joyce DiDonato’s latest album on the Warner Classics label, Stella di Napoli (Star of Naples). This recording highlights the music of several Italian composers including Bellini, Rossini, Donizetti, and Pacini, as well as lesser-known arias by Mercadante, Carafa, and Pacini. Joyce worked in close collaboration with Italian conductor Riccardo Minasi to bring this exciting project to life, with many of the arias featured as new editions and world premiere recordings. More

South American recital tour

Joyce heads to South America for a recital tour with pianist and frequent collaborator David Zobel this month. More

Honorary Doctorate and Commencement Speech at Juilliard

On Friday, May 23, Joyce will receive an Honorary Doctor of Music degree at Juilliard’s 109th Commencement Ceremony, at 11am EST in Alice Tully Hall. More

Broadway Battles Bullying benefit

Joyce joins Tony Award-winning Broadway star Laura Benati in performance at the Broadway Battles Bullying benefit in New York City on Monday, April 14 at 7pm. More

La Cenerentola at The Met

Mezzo-soprano star Joyce DiDonato will sing her first Met performances of one of her signature roles, the winsome heroine of Rossini’s adaptation of the Cinderella story, La Cenerentola, beginning April 21. More

Carnegie Hall Perspectives: Joyce DiDonato

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato’s Perspectives series presents her wide range of interests and talents, all supported by the impeccable artistry, vibrant personality, and idealism that has made her an audience favorite. More

Joyce DiDonato Artist Spotlight at the Barbican

Described by Alex Ross in the New Yorker as ‘a singer not only of flair and power but of intelligence and taste’, Joyce DiDonato is the subject of this season’s artist spotlight. Opening with an exuberant evening of bel canto opera and closing with a glittering concert with the New York Philharmonic, the series takes in Handel’s Alcina and an intimate chamber recital and masterclass in Milton Court along the way, providing an unmissable opportunity to appreciate the many facets of ‘the perfect 21st-century diva’ (New York Times).


Grammy® Nomination for “Drama Queens”

For the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, Joyce has been nominated for Best Classical Vocal Solo, for her performance on “Drama Queens”, with Alan Curtis and Il Complesso Barocco. This is her fourth Grammy nomination. 


“One dazzling evening with Joyce DiDonato” as Drama Queens returns to Europe

The Drama Queens tour resumed to rave reviews and sold-out theaters, this time highlighting stops across Eastern Europe. One critic stated that “Joyce DiDonato’s concert at the Rudolfinum will long be remembered this evening” and that it “was a supreme experience and should be considered for the opera concert of the year.” (

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