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La Donna del Lago at The Met

Joyce DiDonato returns to The Metropolitan Opera next month in a stunning production of Rossini’s bel canto gem, La Donna del Lago. Ms. DiDonato was originally seen in this production in Santa Fe in 2013,  which was the “highlight of the summer” (New York Classical Review) and a showcase vehicle for Joyce in one of her signature roles: “. . . Joyce DiDonato absolutely shines. She astounds as she easily tosses off all of the virtuosic acrobatics, all the time maintaining a sympathetic character who is so torn by events and conflicting loyalties that she teeters on madness. You believe her every minute.” (TheaterJones) La Donna del Lago was such a success in Santa Fe that they added an additional performance of the opera to the calendar, for the first time in company history. Enjoy The Met’s video preview of this incredible production.

She reunites with tenor Juan Diego Flórez, who sings the role of Giacomo V (they were last seen together at The Met in La Cenerentola), along with other spectacular colleagues including Daniela Barcellona as Malcolm Groeme, John Osborn as Rodrigo di Dhu, and Oren Gradus as Douglas d’Angus, with Maestro Michele Mariotti leading the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus. Performances take place February 16, 20, 25 & 28, and March 3, 7, 10 & 14La Donna del Lago will also receive a Live in HD broadcast worldwide on March 14, with encores in the U.S. and Canada.

Harriman-Jewell Recital with Juan Diego Flórez

On February 1 Joyce DiDonato joins acclaimed tenor Juan Diego Flórez for their first ever duo-recital, as part of the Harriman-Jewell Series 50th Anniversary season in Kansas City, MO.  This gala concert takes place in the Kaufmann Center’s Helzberg Hall, and is a highlight of the series’ celebratory year of events. Joyce, a Kansas City native, is thrilled to join her friend and fabulous colleague for this special performance, featuring a variety of music including favorites from the bel canto era.

Ms. DiDonato and Mr. Flórez recently starred in La Cenerentola at the Metropolitan Opera to great acclaim, further cementing the strength of their vocal partnership: “Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez are one of the golden couples of the bel canto repertoire . . .” (Seen and Heard International)

Ticket packages for the recital, including a pre-performance brunch, are available now – for more information visit the H-J Series online.

It’s a big week for Joyce! 

Earlier this week Joyce joined composer Jake Heggie and CEO Keith Cerny to launch Dallas Opera’s 2015-16 season announcement at a kick-off event. The launch also featured the talented musicians of the Highland Park High School Band, making it a pep rally of operatic proportions! Joyce will create the role of Arden Scott in Heggie’s Great Scott next season in Dallas, with a libretto from Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally. Great Scott is the story of an opera star (Scott) that returns to her hometown opera company to save it from ruin. Ms. DiDonato is joined by a world-class cast for this new work, including Frederica von Stade, Nathan Gunn, and Ailyn Pérez, with Patrick Summers leading the Dallas Opera Orchestra. Performances take place October 30 and November 1, 4, 7 & 15.

The International Opera Awards nominations were also released this week, and Joyce is the only singer to be nominated individually in two categories, for her album ‘Stella di Napoli’ as well as a nomination for Female Singer of the Year. Congrats to all the nominees!

Maria Stuarda at the Gran Teatre del Liceu

Joyce DiDonato revisits one of her signature roles this winter in Barcelona, as the title character in Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda. This impressive co-production from the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Royal Opera House – Covent Garden, Polish National Opera, and the Théâtre des Champs Elysées features striking visuals combining new world, minimalistic sets and projections with old world-inspired costumes. Performances take place December 19, 23, 27 & 30, and January 2, 8 & 10. More

Joyce sings US National Anthem to over 25 million viewers at World Series Final after worldwide social media campaign

Lifelong Kansas City Royals fan Joyce DiDonato sings the US National Anthem at the final game of the Major League Baseball World Series tonight, 29 October, where her home team meets the San Francisco Giants, attracting over 25 million viewers. This is the first time in 29 years the Royals have made the final, which will be played out in Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium. More

Live-stream of Joyce’s recital “A Journey Through Venice” at Carnegie Hall

Joyce DiDonato returns to Carnegie Hall November 4 with an exciting program titled “A Journey Through Venice” featuring Venetian songs and arias dating from the Baroque era to the 21st century, including works by Vivaldi and Rossini. This highly anticipated recital is part of Joyce’s Perspectives series, and is presented in collaboration with pianist David Zobel. The New York Times heralds Ms. DiDonato’s upcoming events at Carnegie: “A complete artist whose virtuosity meshes to vivid effect with her charismatic stage presence, Ms. DiDonato has programmed some of the composers who have long been an integral part of her career.”

The recital will also receive a free webcast, available worldwide via medici.tv as part of their new partnership with Carnegie Hall. The broadcast will be streamed live on November 4, and available free of charge on the site for 90 days following the original airdate.

“Joyce DiDonato is perfect” as Alcina at The Barbican

Joyce DiDonato launched a tour of Handel’s Alcina with a sold-out performance at The Barbican in London, with Maestro Harry Bicket and The English Concert (tour schedule). This spectacular evening of vocal fireworks set London ablaze, leaving critics and audiences “floored” by her performance: More

On tour: Handel’s Alcina with The English Concert and Harry Bicket

Joyce DiDonato sings the title role in Handel’s striking opera Alcina, on a concert tour this fall with renowned baroque orchestra The English Concert, led by Harry Bicket. Gramophone magazine said in this role Ms. DiDonato “is superb: Her Alcina is a complex, feminine creature, vain, and vindictive. Enjoy the following clip of Joyce speaking about the opera. More

“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

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