Apr 15, 2015 | News | 1 Comment
Next season, Joyce makes her highly anticipated role debut as Charlotte in Massenet’s romantic tragedy Werther at the Royal Opera House. Ms. DiDonato stars alongside tenor Vittorio Grigolo in the title role, with the Royal Opera’s Music Director Sir Antonio Pappano leading the orchestra and chorus. This will be a reunion for Ms. DiDonato and Mr. Pappano in London, following their thrilling recital last year at Wigmore Hall.
Performances take place June 19, 24 & 27 and July 3, 6 & 13, with the June 27 performance receiving a live broadcast into cinemas worldwide.
Apr 8, 2015 | News | No Comments
Joyce DiDonato’s latest release on the Warner Classics/Erato label, Stella di Napoli, has been honored with a 2015 BBC Music Magazine Vocal Award. Joyce shared the following message with her fans on Facebook in response to this spectacular win:
“An enormous thank you to BBC Music Magazine for this beautiful honor. This is one that is particularly meaningful to me since it is voted on by you, the fans. Not to sound like a broken record, but I’m unspeakably grateful for the opportunity to sing for you all, and particularly in the case of this album, to bring “new” music into your lives. Thank you for listening and sharing!!!”
The awards were presented at the BBC Music Magazine’s 10th annual ceremony, held at King’s Palace in London. Congrats to all of this year’s winners!
Mar 27, 2015 | News | No Comments
Joyce joins forces with the New York Philharmonic and Music Director Alan Gilbert for a whirlwind European tour, beginning with a performance at the National Concert Hall in Dublin on April 16, followed by a concert at The Barbican in London on April 17. The program includes Ravel’s Shéhérazade and the UK premiere of Salonen’s Nyx, and is a highlight of Joyce’s Artist Spotlight series at the venue, which also included a wildly successful performance of selections from her album Stella di Napoli in September and a spectacular concert setting of Handel’s Alcina in October. The tour continues with concerts at the famed Concertgebow in Amsterdam on April 21, the Philharmonie Luxembourg on April 23, and the Philharmonie de Paris on April 25. The performance at the Philharmonie on the 25th will also receive a live broadcast via Medici.tv.
While in London, she will also reunite with the Brentano String Quartet on April 14 at The Barbican, to reprise the stunning program from their Carnegie Hall performance earlier this season, which will include the European premiere of Jake Heggie’s Camille Claudel: Into the Fire. Ticket availability is extremely limited for this special event, which also includes a post-show Q&A session with Ms. DiDonato and Mr. Heggie.
Mar 26, 2015 | News | No Comments
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!
Mar 22, 2015 | News | No Comments
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.
Feb 18, 2015 | News | 1 Comment
“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
Feb 9, 2015 | News | 1 Comment
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 21, 22, & 23, all of which will be streamed live on medici.tv. 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
Feb 3, 2015 | News | No Comments
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 Medici.tv’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.
Jan 21, 2015 | News | 1 Comment
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 & 14. La Donna del Lago will also receive a Live in HD broadcast worldwide on March 14, with encores in the U.S. and Canada.