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Making Babylon great again: DiDonato shines in musically spectacular Semiramide in Munich

Bachtrack
by Laura Servidei

“Joyce DiDonato is making her role debut as Semiramide in this production. It was written for Isabella Colbran, an alto with great extension, but has been hijacked by coloratura sopranos since the Rossini Renaissance. Today, it sounds strange to hear a mezzo singing it. Her interpretation was extremely dramatic and intense. Hers is a troubled, broken queen, whose old crime (her husband’s murder) has marked her whole existence. She hopes against all odds to find happiness by marrying the young warrior Arsace, only to be hurled into the middle of a Freudian nightmare (Arsace turns out to be her son). Her vocal performance was brilliant, marked by a wonderful legato and sparkling coloratura – every asset of a true bel canto artist … her performance was astounding.”

Artist Of The Week: Joyce DiDonato Conquers Rossini’s ‘Semiramide’

Operawire
by Francisco Salazar
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For years Joyce DiDonato has been a master in the Bel Canto repertoire singing Rossini, Bellini and Donizetti. Her vocal flexibility and nuance has brought new musical insights to some of this neglected repertoire, her approach often innovative. This week DiDonato took on the role of Rossini’s “Semiramide” for the first time at the Bayerische Staatsoper and after listening to the premiere it looks like DiDonato has conquered the difficult role.

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Joyce DiDonato is “outstanding” in role debut as Semiramide at the Bayerische Staatsoper

“Joyce DiDonato is outstanding as Semiramide: her sound can be soft and melting, she sings angrily to her adversaries along the wall and while suffering is barely audible in her pianissimo. A great achievement.”

{Überragend Joyce DiDonato als Semiramide: Weich und schmelzend kann sie klingen, ihre Widersacher wütend an die Wand singen und kaum hörbar im pianissimo leiden. Eine großartige Leistung.}

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BR-Klassik Interview

BR-Klassik

Anlässlich der Neuproduktion von Gioachino Rossinis Oper “Semiramide” am Nationaltheater München – Premiere am 12. Februar 2017 – sprach Robert Jungwirth mit der Sopranistin Joyce DiDonato.

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DiDonato Scores Again–A Perfect, Timely Recital

Classics Today
by Robert Levine
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In the notes accompanying this spectacular CD, mezzo Joyce DiDonato asks, “In the midst of chaos, how do you find peace?” She goes for answers–and gets them–from a baritone who was a Freedom Combat Victim, as well as from Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a prisoner in Sing Sing, an 8-year old refugee, Alfred Brendel, Judi Dench, and many more. DiDonato manages not to sound holier-than-thou in this introduction, and a discussion of Baroque opera and how it tended to be a battlefield between good and evil follows. Examples are “When I am laid in earth” for the grief of war, and Cleopatra’s “Da tempeste…” showing the Queen exulting in the possibility of peace …

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Music in Prisons, Homeless Shelters, and Refugee Camps Could Change the World

The Creators Project

In London, a world-famous opera singer met with organizers to discuss how arts education benefits displaced and imprisoned persons, putting music at the forefront of work for social change. The panel, part of the Pure Land Series of talks held at China Exchange, consisted of Joyce DiDonato, an opera singer, Matt Peacock, an artistic director, and Anis Barnat, founder of El Sistema Greece. The monthly series aims to promote awareness and well-being through creativity.

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PBS New Year’s Eve Concert Special featuring Joyce DiDonato, Paolo Szot, Alan Gilbert & The New York Philharmonic

Watch the entire online broadcast from the 2016 Rogers & Hammerstein-themed New Year’s Eve programme, featuring soloists Joyce DiDonato and Paolo Szot, with Maestro Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic.

Opera singer Joyce DiDonato inspires Sing Sing prison inmates through song

The Today Show

Joyce DiDonato, one of the world’s greatest opera singers, is inspiring maximum-security prison inmates with her voice. Sing Sing is one of the most notorious prisons in the world, and it’s there that DiDonato has broken stereotypes and created a bond with prisoners using classical music theory.

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Joyce DiDonato, diva de cœur

Le Temps
by Julian Sykes
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Simple, généreuse, la mezzo-soprano américaine évoque son choc 
après les attentats de novembre 2015 
à Paris. Elle a choisi de réagir en musique, avec un album d’airs baroques tissé 
autour de la guerre et la paix. Elle joue 
par ailleurs dans un nouveau film 
sur Florence Foster Jenkins.

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