Jan 7, 2018 | News | No Comments
PBS.org: Season 12 of Great Performances at the Met begins with a new production of Bellini’s masterpiece about a woman scorned, conducted by Carlo Rizzi. Norma stars Sondra Radvanovsky as the titlular druid high priestess, opposite Joyce DiDonato as Norma’s new rival and Joseph Calleja as her unfaithful lover – a casting dream for bel canto fans.
Premieres nationwide Friday, January 26 at 9 p.m. on PBS
Encore presentation Sunday, January 28 at 12 p.m. on PBS (check local listings)
Jan 4, 2018 | News | No Comments
In her first operatic engagement of 2018, Joyce DiDonato brings her signature portrayal of Sister Helen Prejean in Jake Heggie’s emotionally gripping work Dead Man Walking to premiere venues in Madrid and London. She previously starred in the role to tremendous acclaim at Houston Grand Opera:
“… her extraordinary mix of vibrancy, gravity and exacting nuance amounted to a portrayal that easily ranked with her finest work.” (The New York Times)
Ms. DiDonato can be seen as Sister Helen from January 26 – February 9 in the premiere performances of the piece at the Teatro Real, with Michael Mayes as Joseph DeRocher and Maria Zifchak as Mrs. DeRocher. Mark Wigglesworth leads the Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Real for these performances, which feature a production by Leonard Foglia originally seen at New York City Opera and Houston Grand Opera. The cast and Maestro Wiggleworth then travel to London, for a semi-staged performance of the work at the Barbican on February 20 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers, and Finchley Children’s Music Group. The event, which is the UK premiere of Dead Man Walking, is featured as part of the venue’s series “The Art of Change” which explores the ways artists reflect on, respond to and inspire and effect change in the world.
Purchase the audio recording of Dead Man Walking from Houston Grand Opera via iTunes or Amazon.
Jan 3, 2018 | News | 1 Comment
Joyce DiDonato dips into the Great American Songbook to select some gems from the American repertoire. Her programme includes less well-known composers alongside the better-known numbers, with works by William Grant Still, Amy Beach, Ruth Crawford Seeger, Charles Griffes and Philip Glass rubbing shoulders with favourites by Jerome Kern, Duke Ellington, Harold Arlen, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin.
Listen next Thursday at 1pm, London Time, via BBC Radio 3