Tour Dates

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September 29 & 30
October 1 - Chicago

Concert

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October 1 - London

“The Florence Foster Jenkins Story” – Int’l Film Festival Premiere

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October 3 - New York City

White Rabbit Red Rabbit (Off-Broadway debut)

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October 5 - Washington D.C.

Concert

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October 13 - Istanbul

Gala Concert

News

Riccardo Muti, Joyce DiDonato, Eric Owens Present Recital at Chicago Correctional Facility

WFMT
by Stephen Raskauskas
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Maestro Riccardo Muti typically doesn’t pass through a metal detector or get a pat-down before conducting a concert. But the intimate recital he presented with Joyce DiDonato, Eric Owens, and musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, September 25, 2016 was different.

The concert took place at the Illinois Youth Center-Chicago (IYC-Chicago), one of five facilities that are part of the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice. Muti has made eight visits to Chicago-area correctional facilities in an effort to bring music into the community. This was his second time at IYC-Chicago.

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BBC Radio 4: Desert Island Discs with Joyce DiDonato

Joyce DiDonato is the featured guest on the latest edition of BBC Radio 4’s program “Desert Island Discs,” hosted by Kirsty Young. Past guests on “Desert Island Discs” include activist Gloria Steinem, entrepreneur and philanthropist Bill Gates, and actress Dame Judi Dench. On her episode, Joyce shares the list of albums she would take with her to a desert island, along with anecdotes about her family, life, and career. Listen to the entire feature (or download the MP3) via the BBC!

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Kennedy Center concert with the Brentano String Quartet

Joyce DiDonato and the Brentano String Quartet present a performance at the Kennedy Center on October 5, as part of the Fortas Chamber Music series. The programme features selections from J.S. Bach’s The Art of the Fugue, Haydn’s String Quartet No. 1 in E-flat major, Op. 20, Strauss songs arranged for mezzo-soprano and string quartet, as well as Heggie’s Camille Claudel: Into the Fire, a piece written for Ms. DiDonato. Please note subscription tickets are no longer available for this performance, as only single tickets remain.

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In War & Peace: Behind the scenes

In the midst of chaos, how do YOU find peace?

Joyce DiDonato: In War & Peace

(Handel: ‘Pensieri, voi mi tormentate’)

Joyce DiDonato: In War & Peace – Harmony Through Music

(Handel: Rinaldo)

Recordings

“As expected, DiDonato has virtuosity to spare, but what makes this disc special is the shimmering radiance of emotion she brings to operas such as Bellini’s Adelson e Salvini and Pacini’s Saffo. In Mary Stuart’s radiantly sung solo before her execution DiDonato leaves no doubt that her own star is at its height.”
-Financial Times

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Dedicating Romeo

Tonight is the opening of “I Capuleti e i Montecchi” here in Zurich. It is a role that I feel and love very deeply, and the opportunity to bring him to life, set to Bellini’s exquisitely well crafted vocal lines, fills me with tremendous gratitude. (I’ve written about my passion for him before.)

It tells the familiar story of Romeo and Juliet: the story we know well, masterfully told by Shakespeare, read aloud in countless sophomore literature classes, endlessly danced to (by yours truly, at least) in Bernstein’s version, retold and remade in numerous cultures and epochs – always breaking our hearts in the end.

Bellini’s version hails from later Italian sources, and as the title indicates, throws the emphasis squarely on the shoulders of these two warring families. This is undeniably an opera about war. Here there is no love duet between the two: they fight in every scene, even in death, never finding peace – even as harmonious thirds in the music ache for them to find each other. After the deaths, the warring families rush the stage and we see how the cycle will inevitably continue.

Why is this on my mind today?

Charleston.

Guns.

Racism.

Inequality.

War.

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There will always be more freedom to acquire and more truth to uncover.

~ Joyce DiDonato