This spring at The Metropolitan Opera, audiences can enjoy Massenet’s Cendrillon for the first time ever on the Met stage, with Joyce DiDonato in the title role. The whimsical staging, directed by Laurent Pelly, comes to life April 12 through May 11. Alice Coote sings Le Prince Charmant, Stephanie Blythe is Madame de la Haltière, Laurent Naouri is Pandolfe, and Kathleen Kim sings La Fée. Bertrand de Billy conducts the Met Opera Orchestra for all performances. On April 28 international audiences can enjoy Cendrillon via a Met Opera Live in HD cinema broadcast.
A DVD of this production from Royal Opera House is available for purchase via Warner Classics.
A highly anticipated DVD, now available for pre-order via Amazon, of Joyce DiDonato’s performance of In War & Peace at Gran Teatre del Liceu will be released internationally on April 6.
The project In War & Peace: Harmony through Music has taken Joyce DiDonato, conductor Maxim Emelyanychev and Il Pomo d’Oro to cities all over the United States and Europe, eliciting intense emotions from the audience and receiving rave reviews from the critics. Opera News described her concert at Carnegie Hall as “breathtaking music making by DiDonato and Il Pomo d’Oro.”
This project was created as Joyce’s reaction to the terror attack in Paris in November 2015, when she felt the need to respond to the world around her with music, with the hope to bring comfort not only to herself, but also the audience.
She’s taken her craft from Barcelona to Beijing, but this weekend Joyce DiDonato will grace a stage much closer to home.
Before the Grammy-winning mezzo-soprano brings the music of Leonard Bernstein and Hector Berlioz to life at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, we sat down for a wide-ranging conversation on KCUR’s Up To Date. We talked about the kindlings of her now red-hot career, an upcoming tour to Moscow, and recent student protests that have captured the nation’s attention.
“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
So, that was 2016 … ! I’ve always loved looking back at a recently closed chapter in my life, analyzing it to learn what worked well (and what didn’t), appreciating it for what it was, and setting up my game plan for the next adventure. While this past year has been an astonishing one for me in many ways, I have to ask: is anyone else out there happy to usher this particular 365-day cycle out the door? I thought so. So, that means THIS is the moment for us to decide HOW we want to open the door to the next cycle.
Darling Prince Charming (aka @alice.coote) WHAT TIME IS THE BALL TONIGHT?? (So many dishes to do...nothing to wear, etc). Can't wait for #Cendrillon #2 CE SOIR!! #operaismagic #mezzopallooza
As if playing Cinderella on stage wasn't joy enough, I got to arrive at the @metopera gala in a gorgeous @alexteih_couture gown, truly fit for a Queen! Thank you so much, Alex!!!!
To the ball.....! @metopera #metpremiere #onceuponatime #operaismagic #mezzopalooza @alice.coote is my #forever prince
Tonight!!! For the first time at the @metopera! #onceuponatime
Cendrillon premieres at @metopera TOMORROW!! We all need a bit of ✨MAGIC ✨in our lives. Don't miss it! On stage through May 11 👠✨@Alice.Coote @sblythe327
#operaismagic #onceuponatime #iftheshoefits #cinderellastory #ilovemyprincecharming #mezzopallooza #mezzomagic
If ever you question your significance as a human being, this man's life is the perfect example to emulate. He gave without request for a return. He marveled ceaselessly at the poetry of life. He taught with diligence and the most open of hearts. He rejoiced endlessly in the success of others. He reveled in the power of art to touch our "immortal soul". He loved with an abundance that was humbling and inspiring. His legacy will live on in anyone who had the sincere privilege of encountering his towering spirit. Thank you, dearest Robert, for all that you were And all that you are. "...und morgen wird die Sonne wieder scheinen..."
It was a #Semiramide Sweep!!!! What a thrill to win an #OlivierAward for this majestic opera!!! Congratulations to all who helped bring it to grand life!!!! #swoon
Ready for the magic....!! Repost from @nytimes @TopRankRepost #TopRankRepost Opera, the star performer @joycedidonato said, is about “bringing truth and beauty and astonishment to people, while reminding everyone who feels ignored or shunned or diminished that, actually, there’s something bigger out there.” Starting next week, she will sing the title role in the @metopera premiere of “Cendrillon,” a romantic, rarely done Cinderella adaptation from 1899. “The beautiful thing about Cinderella is that she’s somebody who believes in goodness,” said Joyce, who was photographed here by @vincenttullo. “She stays true to herself in a very quiet way.” There was a time when calling an #opera star accessible might have counted as a criticism. But with the art form struggling for audiences, major companies now see it as essential to bring people in for a closer look. “The key isn’t changing what we do,” @joycedidonato said. “It’s making sure that we go to where the people are.” In 2005, she started blogging about everything connected to her life as a globe-trotting artist. A decade later, she added a newsletter, Opera Rocks. Her plain-spoken advice in master classes is all over YouTube. Visit the link in our profile to read Joel Rozen’s profile of opera’s Miss Congeniality.