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“Ms. Joyce DiDonato seemed the perfect 21st-century diva — an effortless combination of glamour, charisma, intelligence, grace and remarkable talent.”

– The New York Times

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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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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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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KC leaders and celebs tell us what makes this a Happy New Year

The Kansas City Star
by Monty Davis
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Joyce DiDonato, opera star and Prairie Village native: “I am elated to be debuting my next Rossini role, Semiramide (Queen of Babylonia) in Munich and then taking it to London with my ‘Grammy partner,’ maestro Tony Pappano. I am certain it will be music-making at the very highest level, which will likely rock my world.”

Any events DiDonato is looking forward to attending as a spectator? “Game 7 of the World Series, again, at Kauffman Stadium.”

 

“In War & Peace” signed double LP giveaway from Warner Classics/Erato!

Enter here for your chance to win a signed double LP set of “In War & Peace” from Warner Classics/Erato! The competition closes on Christmas Day, and the winner will be contacted on January 3, 2017.

One of opera’s most outspoken and impassioned personalities, Joyce DiDonato reminds us with her new album In War and Peace that music – throughout the ages, and now more than ever – “soothes turmoil, threatens power and the status quo, and gloriously exalts the spirit.” Her selection of arias demonstrates how powerfully Baroque opera explores the extremes of human nature – from the tumult of Handel’s Scenes of Horror, Scenes of Woe to Purcell’s unforgettable descent into despair, Dido’s Lament. Energetic Italian Baroque ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro, with harpsichordist/conductor Maxim Emelyanychev, are sensitive partners on this unique journey through music towards the peace we are all striving for.

Joyce DiDonato, Paulo Szot, Alan Gilbert & the New York Philharmonic Ring in the New Year on PBS

This New Year’s Eve, LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER rings in 2017 with the New York Philharmonic as international opera star Joyce DiDonato and Tony Award winner Paulo Szot join Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert for an Enchanted Evening. Humorist and CBS Sunday Morning correspondent Mo Rocca hosts the broadcast from David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center. (Concert tickets & more information via the NYPhil / “Enchanted Evening” preview via PBS)

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