Nov 19, 2016 | Features | Interviews | News | Press | 1 Comment
by Rupert Christiansen
The world’s problems are manifold. But, mezzo star Joyce DiDonato tells Rupert Christiansen, if we listen carefully opera can help us solve them
Joyce DiDonato is in her prime. A beautiful, vivacious mezzo-soprano from Kansas City, the 47-year-old has dazzled at the Last Night of the Proms, won a brace of awards for her recordings, enjoyed standing ovations everywhere from Carnegie Hall to Covent Garden and sent critics scrabbling for superlatives. The only way from such an eminence is down, so it’s fortunate that hers is not a head that is easily turned or distracted.
Nov 7, 2016 | News | No Comments
This season Joyce DiDonato and Il Pomo d’Oro, with conductor Maxim Emelyanychev, will embark on an international tour promoting “In War and Peace,” Ms. DiDonato’s latest album release on Warner Classics/Erato. Visit InWarandPeace.com for a complete list of tour dates, media features, and other information.
Oct 17, 2016 | Features | News | Press | No Comments
Joyce DiDonato: It’s 16 November, 2015: I am seated at my father’s old piano in tranquil, uneventful Kansas City, Missouri, with a pile of 60 obscure Neapolitan arias. I’m researching music for my new album, music by composers such as Niccolò Jomelli and Leonardo Leo, who wrote in a post-classical, pre-bel canto world that is sorely underrepresented today on recordings and concert platforms.
My task is to select 10 of these obscure arias to feature on my album and perform on a world tour. Just the day before I had been in glossy Dallas, Texas singing the final emotion-filled performance of a new opera written for me by Jake Heggie titled Great Scott, which asks the pressing question, “Does art matter?” – a question I often contemplate.