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.

La Damnation de Faust with the Berlin Philharmonic

This spring, Joyce DiDonato sings the role of Marguerite in a series of concert performances of Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust with the acclaimed Berlin Philharmonic, led by Sir Simon Rattle. Performances take place March 29 and April 5 at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, and April 10 & 11 at the Philharmonie in Berlin. Ms. DiDonato is joined by a phenomenal cast for these concerts, including Charles Castronovo in the title role and Ludovic Tézier as Méphistophélès.

Joyce will also join musicians from the Berlin Phil, including principal oboe Albrecht Mayer, principal bass Matthew McDonald, and horn player Fergus McWilliam for a Live Lounge! Q&A event hosted by horn player Sarah Willis, on March 28. Submit your questions via the Live Lounge Chat window online.

The April 11 performance will be streamed live online via the Philharmonic’s Digital Concert Hall, and Joyce can also be heard singing the aria “D’amour l’ardente flame” from the opera on her album ReJOYCE!

Carnegie Hall concert audio now available online

Joyce DiDonato presented the final concert of her Perspectives series at Carnegie Hall on March 18, in a sparkling performance that included tenor Lawrence Brownlee, soprano Laura Claycomb, and the Philadelphia Orchestra, led by Maurizio Benini. The program included highlights from Ms. DiDonato’s album Stella di Napoli and other favorites from the Bel Canto era. The WQXR archived broadcast of the event, which combined “explosive vocal fireworks, soaring melodies and sprightly orchestral textures,” (WQXR) is now available online.


Joyce ‘soars’ and ‘triumphs’ in La Donna del Lago at The Met

“Opera lovers should sprint to the house to hear Joyce DiDonato’s performance . . .” (New York Classical Review)

Following a thrilling run of the production in Santa Fe, Joyce DiDonato has returned to the title role in Rossini’s La Donna del Lago in its Metropolitan Opera premiere, in a “beguiling” and “astounding” performance. Remaining dates for La Donna del Lago are February 20, 25 & 28, and March 3, 7, 10 & 14:

“For years, the superb mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato has sung “Tanti affetti,” the final showpiece aria from Rossini’s “La Donna del Lago” (The Lady of the Lake), as a surefire encore in recitals. But on Monday night on the Metropolitan Opera stage, vocal display seemed the last thing on her mind. Ms. DiDonato, playing the heroine Elena in the Met’s premiere production of this rich, tuneful Rossini melodrama, sang the opening of the aria with melting warmth and tenderness, supported by the sensitive playing of the Met orchestra under Michele Mariotti . . . On Monday, as the subdued first section of the aria began, the wondrous Ms. DiDonato and Mr. Mariotti, the fast-rising young Italian conductor, seemed almost in competition to see who could make music with more delicacy. Ms. DiDonato sang Rossini’s beguiling phrases with soft yet penetrating richness, subtly folding ornaments and runs into the long melodic arcs . . . The aria eventually breaks into joyous bursts of dazzling coloratura passagework, with rousing exclamations from the chorus, and Ms. DiDonato delivered . . .

During two long scenes together, the king falls hopelessly in love. And Ms. DiDonato, singing with glowing sound and affecting sweetness, makes clear that she is, for a moment, romantically aflutter . . . It was good to have the stage so bright for Ms. DiDonato’s triumphant performance of “Tanti affetti.” Besides adding an important Rossini opera to the Met’s repertory, this production gives those who have only heard her sing that aria as an encore a chance to get to know the long opera that precedes it.”

Anthony Tommasini – The New York Times More

Master Classes at Carnegie Hall

As part of her Perspectives residency at Carnegie Hall and continued effort to engage youth through music education, Joyce DiDonato will present a series of three public master classes featuring four aspiring opera singers on February 2122, & 23, all of which will be streamed live on Tune in at 2 PM (EST) on each day to watch. The singers were selected from a revolutionary worldwide search held this past fall, and in addition to participation in the classes, they will also have a chance to see Joyce in action on The Met stage in Rossini’s La Donna del Lago. The featured performers are sopranos Alison King and Narea Son, mezzo-soprano Kayleigh Decker, and tenor Gerard Schneider, with pianists Miloš Repický and Renate Rohlfing. More

Upcoming appearances on the East Coast

In addition to her highly anticipated performances at The Met in La Donna del Lago, Joyce DiDonato can be seen in recital and in concert this winter around the New York City metro area, beginning with a performance at Carnegie Hall as part of their Perspectives series. Ms. DiDonato is the featured artist of this year’s series; having sung a tremendous Alcina there earlier this season, as well as sharing’s first-ever live webcast from Carnegie of her recital titled ‘A Journey Through Venice.’

Her evening at Carnegie with the Brentano String Quartet takes place February 5, featuring stunning music by Charpentier, Debussy, a set of lullabies written by teen composers, and the world premiere of a song cycle by Jake Heggie, based on the tumultuous life of French sculptress Camille Claudel. Mr. Heggie and Ms. DiDonato are frequent collaborators, and audiences can also look forward to Joyce’s upcoming creation of the title role in Heggie’s new work Great Scott at The Dallas Opera. Joyce and the Brentano String Quartet will also take their program of French and new American music on the road, with a performance at Princeton University on February 18.

She returns to Carnegie Hall on March 18 for her last Perspectives performance, a spectacular bel canto concert with The Philadelphia Orchestra, led by Maurizio Benini. Ms. DiDonato is joined by esteemed colleagues soprano Nicole Cabell and tenor Lawrence Brownlee for this special appearance, with a program featuring beloved gems of the bel canto era including music by Rossini, Carafa, Donizetti, Pacini, and Bellini.

La Donna del Lago at The Met

Joyce DiDonato returns to The Metropolitan Opera next month in a stunning production of Rossini’s bel canto gem, La Donna del Lago. Ms. DiDonato was originally seen in this production in Santa Fe in 2013,  which was the “highlight of the summer” (New York Classical Review) and a showcase vehicle for Joyce in one of her signature roles: “. . . Joyce DiDonato absolutely shines. She astounds as she easily tosses off all of the virtuosic acrobatics, all the time maintaining a sympathetic character who is so torn by events and conflicting loyalties that she teeters on madness. You believe her every minute.” (TheaterJones) La Donna del Lago was such a success in Santa Fe that they added an additional performance of the opera to the calendar, for the first time in company history. Enjoy The Met’s video preview of this incredible production.

She reunites with tenor Juan Diego Flórez, who sings the role of Giacomo V (they were last seen together at The Met in La Cenerentola), along with other spectacular colleagues including Daniela Barcellona as Malcolm Groeme, John Osborn as Rodrigo di Dhu, and Oren Gradus as Douglas d’Angus, with Maestro Michele Mariotti leading the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus. Performances take place February 16, 20, 25 & 28, and March 3, 7, 10 & 14La Donna del Lago will also receive a Live in HD broadcast worldwide on March 14, with encores in the U.S. and Canada.

Harriman-Jewell Recital with Juan Diego Flórez

On February 1 Joyce DiDonato joins acclaimed tenor Juan Diego Flórez for their first ever duo-recital, as part of the Harriman-Jewell Series 50th Anniversary season in Kansas City, MO.  This gala concert takes place in the Kaufmann Center’s Helzberg Hall, and is a highlight of the series’ celebratory year of events. Joyce, a Kansas City native, is thrilled to join her friend and fabulous colleague for this special performance, featuring a variety of music including favorites from the bel canto era.

Ms. DiDonato and Mr. Flórez recently starred in La Cenerentola at the Metropolitan Opera to great acclaim, further cementing the strength of their vocal partnership: “Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez are one of the golden couples of the bel canto repertoire . . .” (Seen and Heard International)

Ticket packages for the recital, including a pre-performance brunch, are available now – for more information visit the H-J Series online.

It’s a big week for Joyce! 

Earlier this week Joyce joined composer Jake Heggie and CEO Keith Cerny to launch Dallas Opera’s 2015-16 season announcement at a kick-off event. The launch also featured the talented musicians of the Highland Park High School Band, making it a pep rally of operatic proportions! Joyce will create the role of Arden Scott in Heggie’s Great Scott next season in Dallas, with a libretto from Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally. Great Scott is the story of an opera star (Scott) that returns to her hometown opera company to save it from ruin. Ms. DiDonato is joined by a world-class cast for this new work, including Frederica von Stade, Nathan Gunn, and Ailyn Pérez, with Patrick Summers leading the Dallas Opera Orchestra. Performances take place October 30 and November 1, 4, 7 & 15.

The International Opera Awards nominations were also released this week, and Joyce is the only singer to be nominated individually in two categories, for her album ‘Stella di Napoli’ as well as a nomination for Female Singer of the Year. Congrats to all the nominees!

Maria Stuarda at the Gran Teatre del Liceu

Joyce DiDonato revisits one of her signature roles this winter in Barcelona, as the title character in Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda. This impressive co-production from the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Royal Opera House – Covent Garden, Polish National Opera, and the Théâtre des Champs Elysées features striking visuals combining new world, minimalistic sets and projections with old world-inspired costumes. Performances take place December 19, 23, 27 & 30, and January 2, 8 & 10. More

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