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.

Joyce wins 2015 ECHO Klassik Female Singer of the Year

Joyce DiDonato has been named ECHO Klassik’s 2015 Female Singer of the Year! This prestigious honor, the German equivalent of a Grammy Award, recognizes her spectacular album Stella di Napoli, which was also named Editor’s Choice by Gramophone Magazine and won the International Classical Music Award for “Best Vocal Recital.” She was also named Singer of the Year in 2010 and again in 2013, for her album Drama Queens

The ECHO Klassik awards ceremony takes place at the Konzerthaus Berlin on October 18; tickets and more information on the event will be available soon.


Joyce & Tony: Live at Wigmore Hall

“Joyce and Tony” they may be to Erato. To the rest of us they are mezzo Joyce DiDonato and Antonio Pappano, the Royal Opera’s music director, moonlighting here as accompanist.

Their recital at Wigmore Hall a year ago was hugely enjoyable. In this live recording it sounds even better. Was DiDonato really so gripping in Haydn’s Arianna a Naxos, so lambently beautiful of tone in rare songs by Francesco Santoliquido?

Did the two of them seduce the audience so ravishingly in their all-American hits by Jerome Kern and others? What a sublime encore to hear it all again.”

Richard Fairman – Financial Times


2016 Carnegie Hall Master Classes

Joyce DiDonato returns to Carnegie Hall this season, to lead Master Classes for young singers from January 8-10. These Classes will be streamed live from the Judith and Burton Resnick Education Wing via Enjoy the videos from her 2015 classes which are now archived at the following link, and this Opera-Online feature highlighting the experience.

Applications for singers (ages 18-35) will be available online on August 18, with a submission deadline of October 15. Visit for more information.

Joyce’s album ‘Stella di Napoli’ nominated for 2015 Gramophone Award!

Stella di Napoli, Joyce DiDonato’s critically-acclaimed release of Bel Canto gems, has been nominated for a 2015 Gramophone Award in the Best Recital category. Winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on September 17. Joyce previously won the “Artist of the Year” and “Recital of the Year” Awards from Gramophone in 2010, recognizing her Colbran, the Muse album of Rossini arias.

‘La Donna del Lago’ on PBS Great Performances

Joyce’s “dazzling” performance as Elena in Rossini’s La Donna del Lago from The Metropolitan Opera will air August 2 nationwide, on PBS Great Performances. She is joined by a spectacular international cast, including Juan Diego Flórez as Giacomo, Daniela Barcellona as Malcolm, John Osborn as Rodrigo, and Oren Gradus as Douglas, with Michele Mariotti leading the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Check your local listings at


Verbier Festival Debut with Esa-Pekka Salonen

This month, Joyce DiDonato makes her highly anticipated debut in the Verbier Festival’s Opening Concert, with a performance of Berlioz’s Les Nuits dété. She is joined by the Verbier Festival Orchestra, led by Esa-Pekka Salonen, on a programme that also features Strauss’ Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche and Schubert’s Symphony No. 3. Please note that ticket availability is extremely limited for this special event, which takes place on July 17.

Joyce can also be heard singing the Berlioz on a recording with the New York Philharmonic (2012) available via Amazon, heralded by critics as “pure sensual indulgence.” (ConcertoNet)

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 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!



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.

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We need you to make us feel an integral PART of a shared existence through the communal, universal, forgiving language of music, of dance, of poetry and Art – so that we never lose sight of the fact that we are all in this together and that we are all deserving of a life that overflows with immense possibility, improbable beauty and relentless truth.

~ Joyce DiDonato