Mar 20, 2019 | News | No Comments
On March 30 & April 3, 6, 11, 16 & 20, Joyce DiDonato stars as Sesto in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito at the Metropolitan Opera. A signature role for Ms. DiDonato, this will be her first time singing the role at the Met. Joyce will share the stage with star studded roster of artists including Matthew Polenzani as Tito, Elza van den Heever as Vitellia, Ying Fang as Servilia, Emily D’Angelo as Annio, and Christian Van Horn as Publio. Lothar Koenigs conducts the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus.
Joyce is featured on a recording of La Clemenza di Tito released by Deutsche Grammophon last year, with an illustrious cast under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin. More information and links to purchase the album are available via Joyce’s Recordings. In 2014, Joyce starred as Sesto opposite Matthew Polenzani as Tito at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Her portrayal was celebrated by the Chicago Classical Review:
“It’s a testament to Joyce DiDonato’s artistry that she can make such a weak, vacillating character as Sesto so riveting and compelling. The American mezzo commanded the stage Wednesday night whenever she appeared, bringing a charismatic presence and dramatic honesty to the indecisive Sesto. DiDonato’s rich, flexible voice was balm for the ears, and the mezzo threw off some dazzling coloratura at lightning tempos. One can go a long time without hearing “Parto, parto” sung with such poised feeling and commitment, and Sesto’s contrite aria in Act 2 was likewise suffused with deep sadness and glowing tone.”
Feb 19, 2019 | Features | Interviews | News | Press | No Comments
San Francisco Classical Voice
Internationally acclaimed and multiple Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato is a master when it comes to mixing it up musically. Known for her flawless conveyance of bel canto music, technical agility, and her ability to thoroughly inhabit her roles on opera stages worldwide, she has never limited herself to one particular style. In fact, her latest recording, Songplay, released on Feb. 1, mixes jazz, Latin, and tango rhythms into arrangements of Italian Baroque arias, jazz standards, and picks from the Great American Songbook. She will be performing selections from this genre-bending recording on Wednesday, Feb. 20 when Cal Performances presents Songplay at Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley, accompanied by a stellar group of musicians, including Craig Terry on piano, Chuck Israels on double bass, Jimmy Madison on drums, Lautaro Greco on bandoneon, and Charlie Porter on trumpet.
Feb 18, 2019 | Features | Interviews | News | Press | No Comments
The mezzo-soprano recommends Kansas City’s best speakeasy and recalls a trip involving a night bus and a chicken
I SPEND MORE TIME ON TOUR than I do at home. It’s pretty tiring but you get to visit so many places in such quick succession. Last year I toured for 10 months: in three weeks we visited Shanghai, Beijing, Macau, Hong Kong, Taipei, Seoul and Abu Dhabi.
I ALMOST PASSED OUT WHILE GORILLA-TREKKING in Rwanda. We managed to get 6ft away from a huge silverback. He climbed up right beside us and loomed over us to prove his dominance. I didn’t breathe for about 10 minutes, honestly.