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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.”

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BBC Desert Island Discs feature

Enjoy a recent interview with Joyce DiDonato on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs program airing on Sunday, September 25, hosted by Kirsty Young. Joyce lists her top eight recordings that she would take with her to a desert island on this acclaimed programme which boasts millions of listeners worldwide.

“Poems That Make Grown Women Cry” – featuring a selection from Joyce DiDonato

Following the success of their anthology Poems That Make Grown Men Cry, father-and-son team Anthony and Ben Holden, working with Amnesty International, have asked the same revealing question of 100 remarkable women. What poem has moved you to tears?  The poems chosen range from the eighth century to today, from Rumi and Shakespeare to Sylvia Plath, W.H. Auden to Carol Ann Duffy, Pablo Neruda and Derek Walcott to Imtiaz Dharker and Warsan Shire. Their themes range from love and loss, through mortality and mystery, war and peace, to the beauty and variety of nature. Alongside Dame Judi Dench, Joan Baez, Yoko Ono and 100 other extraordinary women, Joyce DiDonato selects the poem that always makes her cry: Emily Dickinson’s “The World Feels Dusty” to share in this unique collection, that delivers private insights into the minds of women whose writing, acting, and thinking are admired around the world.

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra debut

This fall, Joyce DiDonato makes her greatly anticipated debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, on a three-concert series with Maestro Riccardo Muti focusing on rarely performed gems of the Italian repertoire. Ms. DiDonato sings Martucci’s La canzone dei ricordi (“Songs of Remembrance”) on a programme that also highlights Catalani’s Contemplazione and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. The performances take place September 29 & 30 and October 1; read more about the concerts via CSO Sounds and Stories.

“A starry, spangled season-opener at Seattle Symphony”

The Seattle Times
by Melinda Bargreen
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Opera star Joyce DiDonato showed her incredible range during a selection of opera pieces and her playful side during a set of Broadway and popular classics. Think “Ombra mai fu” meets “Over the Rainbow.”

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Accentus DVD release of ‘I Capuleti e i Montecchi’ – now available for pre-order

Joyce DiDonato stars as Romeo in a new DVD/Blu-ray release of Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi, captured at the Opernhaus Zurich in 2015. The disc, now available for pre-order via Amazon or Amazon.de, also highlights a spectacular international cast, including Olga Kulchynska as Giulietta and Benjamin Bernheim as Tebaldo, with stage direction by Christof Loy and musical direction by Fabio Luisi.

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“The Florence Foster Jenkins Story” – screening at Raindance Film Festival in October

The first international festival screening of “The Florence Foster Jenkins Story” will be held at the Raindance Film Festival on October 1. Raindance is the largest independent film festival in Britain, and celebrates its 24th anniversary this season. The film will be screened at the VUE Piccadilly on the penultimate day of the festival. Tickets and more information are available at the following link.

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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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