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Fall performances with the Brentano String Quartet

Joyce DiDonato and the Brentano String Quartet (Mark Steinberg, violin / Serena Canin, violin /  Misha Amory, viola / Nina Lee, cello) present two concerts this autumn, at premier venues across the US. They perform on September 22 at Brigham Young University’s de Jong Concert Hall, and again on October 5 at the Kennedy Center’s Family Theater, part of the Fortas Chamber Music Series. The programme features selections from Bach’s The Art of Fugue, Haydn’s Quartet No. 1 in E-flat major, Op. 20, a series of Strauss songs arranged for mezzo-soprano and string quartet, and Jake Heggie’s Camille Claudel: Into the Fire for mezzo-soprano and string quartet, composed for Ms. DiDonato’s voice.

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Joyce DiDonato to star in Off-Broadway play ‘White Rabbit Red Rabbit’ this October

Joyce DiDonato takes the stage at New York City’s Westside Theater on October 3, starring in Nassim Soleimanpour’s one-person show ‘White Rabbit Red Rabbit.’ This non-traditional performance piece features a new actor for each date, and the artist has only been told a small amount of information before the play begins – they receive the rest in an envelope. Other luminaries of the theater world who have been featured in ‘White Rabbit Red Rabbit’ include Nathan Lane, Whoopi Goldberg, Brian Denny, Cynthia Nixon, Martin Short, David Hyde Pierce, Alan Cumming, and many others. Read more about Joyce’s participation in the play via TheaterMania.

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Seattle Symphony – Opening Night Gala Concert

Joyce DiDonato performs much loved favorites from the operatic repertoire and the Great America Songbook on September 17, in concert with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. The event, which serves as the Symphony’s Opening Night Gala, will be conducted by Music Director Ludovic Morlot. Ms. DiDonato sings works by Handel, Rossini, Bernstein, Gershwin, and more on the program (complete details listed below).

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2016 Gramophone Award shortlist – “Joyce & Tony: Live at Wigmore Hall”

Joyce & Tony: Live at Wigmore Hall,” the award-winning album featuring Joyce DiDonato’s extraordinary Wigmore Hall recital with Sir Antonio Pappano, has been shortlisted for a 2016 Gramophone Award in the Solo Vocal category. For a complete list of nominees visit Gramophone online, and read the September issue of Gramophone magazine to see the top three albums in each category.

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Santa Fe Opera – Summer Gala Concert

Joyce DiDonato returns to the Santa Fe Opera this summer, as the featured soloist for their annual Gala Concert on August 6. SFOpera is celebrating their 60th Anniversary with this spectacular event, hosted at the El Dorado Hotel. Proceeds from the evening support the company’s Apprentice Programs for Singers and Technicians.

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‘Life and death on the stage’ — The overwhelming emotional experience of Massenet’s Werther

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‘It’s a tragedy, a grand tragedy and we love that in the opera,’ Joyce DiDonato smiles as she shares her thoughts on Massenet’s heart-wrenching work, Werther.

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‘Stars of the Santa Fe Opera’

Albuquerque Journal

Lyric coloratura mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato was a Santa Fe apprentice in 1995 who went on to sing in major opera houses across the globe. She most recently appeared in the Santa Fe/Royal Opera, Covent Garden production of Rossini’s “La donna del lago” in 2013. DiDonato will return to perform at Santa Fe’s summer gala concert on Aug. 6.

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Patron Magazine feature – Joyce DiDonato Maria Callas Award

Patron Magazine

The Dallas Opera recently announced this year’s “Maria Callas Debut Artist of the Year Award” goes to audience favorite Joyce Didonato. First awarded during The Dallas Opera’s 1991-1992 season, the distinction is named after one of the most renowned opera singers of the 20th century. It is presented to one performer every season to recognize their exceptional performance in a company debut. The Grammy award-winning mezzo-soprano, Joyce DiDonato was selected for her sensational performance in Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally’s Great Scott.

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Critical acclaim for Joyce DiDonato’s stage debut as Charlotte in Royal Opera House production of ‘Werther’

“It’s emphatically a romance, albeit a tragic one, complete with solo strings that echo and double the on-stage nearly-but-not-quite-lovers. But in DiDonato and Grigolo’s hands it’s something much darker.

DiDonato’s Charlotte was always going to be fascinating. How would a singer of such energy, such an active force on stage, tackle a character whose defining characteristic is not doing – not kissing Werther (until too later), not defying her mother’s wishes, not allowing herself to feel or act on her desires?

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