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Opera desde hoy heralds Joyce’s recital at the Teatro Colón

Opera desde hoy

“With an attractive program the mezzo-soprano presented for the third time her histrionic agility. She showed her versatility, formed by Spanish songs of different scope, a work of Ravel, classic Italian arias and two great moments of Rossini operas plus three encores. She used her voice extensively, increasingly rich in the high register with a technique that allowed her to always cope naturally in a program performed for two consecutive nights. Meanwhile everything in-between was in a conversational tone, expressed in Italian, English, French and Castilian with her proverbial sympathy. The pianist Craig Terry was also instrumental in the musical excellence, he surprised with his quality of touch. This time DiDonato showed us a new facet with Shéhérazade, Ravel’s work better known in its orchestral version, which was heard in sudden victories, and also expressed with delicacy, without excluding the brave voice and always smooth top.”

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Joyce DiDonato: “Hay algo muy especial en llegar finalmente a Perú”

Ópera Perú

Desde que inició su carrera hace década y media, Joyce DiDonato, la mezzosoprano de Kansas que ha alcanzado la cima de la lírica, no pierde esa esencia de chica sencilla de un pequeño pueblo. Su personalidad es su mayor atractivo, esa forma de comunicarse directamente con su audiencia a través de las redes, y conduciendo las famosas transmisiones en vivo desde el Met. Además de haberlas protagonizado muchas veces. DiDonato hoy es una de las mezzosopranos mas fascinantes del mundo y el éxito en ventas de sus grabaciones, así como sus roles protagónicos en los grandes teatros lo reflejan.

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Recital tour through South America and Mexico

Joyce travels on an extensive recital tour this month with pianist Craig Terry, at renowned venues throughout South America and Mexico. They perform at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires on April 18 & 19; Santiago’s Teatro CorpArtes on April 21; the Gran Teatro Nacional in Lima on April 23; the Teatro Municipal de Rio de Janeiro on April 28; Mexico City’s Palacio de Bellas Artes on April 30; and Quito’s Teatro Nacional Sucre on May 3.

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Haendel’s ‘Hercules’ – High Definition Blu-ray release

Joyce DiDonato stars as Déjanire in a newly released high definition Blu-ray disc of Haendel’s Hercules, with the Orchestre des Arts Florissants and Maestro William Christie. This spectacular staging, directed by Luc Bondy, features a spectacular cast including William Shimel, Ingela Bohlia, Malena Ernmann, and Toby Spence, performed at the Opéra national de Paris in 2004. Purchase your copy today via Bel Air Classiques, and enjoy this video preview via YouTube.

Recital tour through South America and Mexico

This month, Joyce DiDonato can be seen on an extensive recital tour with pianist Craig Terry at acclaimed venues across South America and Mexico. The duo performs at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires on April 18 & 19; Santiago’s Teatro CorpArtes on April 21; the Gran Teatro Nacional in Lima on April 23; the Teatro Municipal de Rio de Janeiro on April 28; Mexico City’s Palacio de Bellas Artes on April 30; and Quito’s Teatro Nacional Sucre on May 3.

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‘The Conference of the Birds’ – new release on Navona Records

Joyce DiDonato is featured as the narrator on a new album highlighting Jonathan Sheffer’s orchestral piece ‘The Conference of the Birds.’  This Navona Records CD is now available for pre-order via Amazon, and will receive its international release on April 8. Purchase your copy today, and enjoy previews via SoundCloud and YouTube.

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April recitals in Europe

Joyce DiDonato and pianist David Zobel present two recitals this April, at some of Europe’s most renowned venues. The duo first performs at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam on April 11, and then travels to Austria in performance at the Wiener Staatsoper on April 13. The programme features works by Vivaldi, Fauré, Rossini, Head, and Hahn, including the composer’s ‘Venezia’ songs.

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Interview: Diva des Experiments

Oper! Das Magazin
by Tomasz Kurianowicz
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Joyce DiDonato ist nicht nur eine der besten Mezzo-Sopranistinnen der Welt, sondern auch eine engagierte Person: Sie kämpft für Schwulenrechte, wirbt für unbekannte Opernwerke und unterstützt junge Künstler beim Durchbruch. OPER! hat sie verraten, warum sie trotzdem an ihrer Arbeit zweifelt, wie schwer die Anfänge waren und was der Preis des Erfolgs ist.

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Role debut as Charlotte in Paris

This season, Joyce DiDonato makes her highly anticipated role debut as Charlotte in Massenet’s romantic tragedy Werther. In addition to her stage debut in the role at Royal Opera this summer, Ms. DiDonato will debut as Charlotte in concert on April 9 with the Orchestre National de France in Paris, under the baton of Jacques Lacombe. Joyce is joined by a spectacular cast for this performance, including acclaimed tenor and frequent collaborator Juan Diego Flórez debuting in the title role. The performance takes place at the stunning Théâtre des Champs-Élysées; please note this event is now sold-out, with the exception of a limited number of standing room tickets available.

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