“Returning to the role of Elena, the Highland maiden of the title, Joyce DiDonato is an absolute marvel. She came on strong from the very beginning, her voice in her entrance aria, “O mattutini albori,” unrolling like a bolt of silk. to hear her now is to hear a great voice in its prime: an easy, honeyed tone, ample volume, accurate pitch, a quick coloratura. Everything simply works for her, and on the foundation of that security she builds a sublime musical interpretation.
Dec 7, 2015 | News | No Comments
Joyce DiDonato’s latest release on the Warner Classics/Erato label, Joyce & Tony: Live at Wigmore Hall, has been nominated for a 2016 GRAMMY Award: Best Classical Solo Vocal Album. For more information on the ceremony and winners announcement in February, stay tuned for The GRAMMYs updates online.
Dec 4, 2015 | News | No Comments
Joyce DiDonato presents a concert at Sing Sing Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison, on December 18, singing pieces written for her by inmates who have been studying composition as part of the Musical Connections program, through Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. This community-based effort is giving hope and a voice to inmates through the creation and performance of new music. Learn more about this extraordinary program on YouTube.
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
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.
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.
“. . . 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