Let the Tweets begin!

Ladies and Gentlemen, I MAY be crazy, but I’ve just elected to TRY the Twitter-universe. Wish me luck, but it was this afternoon’s AMAZING first piano rehearsal of “Norma” here in Salzburg that inspired me – I wished I had the way to telling everyone right away what I was feeling. So on the advice of several friends, I came home and “tweeted” my first “tweet”:

“Singing in thirds with Edita Gruberova for the first time today = heavenly!!! Can’t wait for the concerts! (9th and 14th)”

So, let the games begin! If you feel so inclined, search “JoyceDiDonato” – I’ll be there!

(and truly – it was heavenly! She is a MIRACLE and beyond inspiring!!!)


  1. Squillo said…

    Welcome to the Twitterverse! Do a search on the hashtag #opera and you'll find a host of interesting stuff.

    (@Confutata here.)

  2. marcillac said…

    Boy that was a FAST vacation. Hope you're rested – you certainly earned it what with all the various accidents, surgeries, productions (Regie, traditional, heavy costumed – although I thought the Paris one was rather flattering – and otherwise), labor strife and extra performances (looks like the Milan audience made out pretty well after all – you're Rosina is quite the treat and we can only hope to see her again).

    Hadn't mentioned it earlier but congratulations on the Echo. It will be interesting for you to be on the same stage with JK especially as we're hardly likely to see you as Ortrud to his Lohengrin any time soon. (Last year we actually really struggled deciding between the Munich Lohengrin and you're ROH Rosina but in the event the latter turned out – at least of those of us lucky enough to be in the audience – rather remarkably.)

    The Norma should of course be fantastic and will no doubt be enhanced by the presence of the great Maestro Furlanetto. Enjoy.

    We'll be "following" the tweets very closely.

  3. Raisa said…

    Dear Joyce:
    I think you will enjoy Twitter – once you get into it, it's a wonderful journey.
    As for Norma, can't wait to read your insights of Adalgisa, my all time favorite opera character.

  4. SUNNY SOPRANO said…


    So nice that you decided to join the Tweeting world! I looked for you, but unfortunately nothing came up…

  5. Yankeediva said…

    Thanks everyone – we'll see how it goes!

    @Sunny Soprano – I have added a link on the left side of the blog that should take you directly to my twitter page!


  6. Zsolt said…

    Great to read again your new posts, and that you are on twitter, so we can follow your experience.

    Only 6 days and Norma..can't wait!!!

    What is your favourite flower dear Joyce?

  7. Klassikfan said…

    Ooops, I hope Yankeediva won't become unfaithful to her bloggers because of Twitter ;-)) I'm gonna spend a day in Salzburg tomorrow (just 90 minutes away from Munich) and I will bring along some sunshine. Would be nice to spot you in one of Salzburg's outstanding cafés or at the famous "Triangel".

  8. Chris said…

    Gruberova must be 63, right? Quite amazing indeed. I don't think she sings much, if at all, in the US.

  9. Zsolt said…

    Gruberova is 63, will be 64 this year I think.

    She sings a lot, just in Europe, sometimes in Japan. Her schedule is still full til 2013, she was singing in the Met as well a lot of times, just long time ago.

    She is a miracle..a wonder.

  10. Klassikfan said…

    Edita Gruberova is a miracle indeed. She regularly performs here in Munich in 2 fantastic productions of Christof Loy (Joyce, this rings a bell to you – "your" director in Geneva): "Lucrezia Borgia" and "Roberto Devereux". The way she not only sings but acts in these two operas is absolutely amazing. There is an interesting link, if you like:
    She has a large group of fans in Barcelona, too, who follow her wherever she performs.
    I'm so much looking forward to seeing E.G. and Joyce TOGETHER on stage!

  11. Zsolt said…

    I one of Gruberova's crazy fan, who follows her everywhere..and getting to be a huge fan of Joyce as well:)

    Klassikfan, which performance will you see?

  12. Klassikfan said…

    Gruberova's AND Joyce's fans are not crazy, but they have excellent taste. ;-))) I will be attending Monday's performance and can't wait until then.

  13. Zsolt said…

    I will be there on monday as well:)

  14. Kevin McGiboney said…

    I hope you enjoy Twitter as much as I do! The key is to follow folks who tweet funny, amusing, and interesting tweets. I am already following you on Twitter and look forward to reading your tweets!

  15. artandhockey said…

    Gruberova is & always was – well -unique, exciting, memorable, blinding.
    That's what comes to mind.

  16. Hudson Morrigan said…

    Real question, do you think she has the voice to sing those heavy bel canto roles she decided to sing in the last 10 years? because, let’s remember those roles require a very solid middle voice and strong low chest tones used for dramatic purpose as well as the high coloratura.

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