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It’s a November release, Baby!!!

I had a show in Milan on a Tuesday night in July, and a driver picked me up from the secret exit of the theater (so clandestine!) so I could make a quick escape, and what should have been a 4.5-5 hour drive, ended up taking over SEVEN HOURS!!! The “driver” was by far the slowest man on the road (he was being “safe” he assured me!) but the bigger culprit was that he had brought his wife along and she had to stop for the restroom 3 different times. It was out of a bad dream.

I didn’t sleep a wink, and fell onto the hotel bed at 6:15 AM. The recording started at 10:30. SOMEHOW I felt great for those 2 days, we had a ball and made some truly gorgeous music together, and I then returned on the high speed train on Wednesday night, slept about 12 hours, and did 2 more Rosina’s back to back to finish my run in Milan.

Rossini owes me BIG time! πŸ˜‰

Dress rehearsal for “Norma” today was intense, moving, scary, wonderful, overwhelming, nerve-wracking and all-around fabulously exciting. Bellini – you are THE MAN!

20 hours ago

#Songplay has arrived! It was such a joy to start this tour at the @seattlesymphony and to bring our songs to you!… https://t.co/UXeBkjfPBn

19 Feb

March 4, baby!! https://t.co/CRGkYXKTbv

18 Feb

Letting their lights shine and shine and shine!!! Shine on, superstars!!!!! @brownleetenor ericowensopera… https://t.co/KG5rbmb74c

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#Songplay has arrived! It was such a joy to start this tour at the @seattlesymphony and to bring our songs to you! An endless shout-out to this SUPERLATIVE band. What a lucky girl, I am!! Bravo #craigterry @hotlipsporter @lautaro_greco #chuckisraels #jimmymadison Thanks for the gorgeous welcome, #Seattle, and hope to see you all at a city near you!!! #playwiththatsong #yougottalovetobeabletoplay #withasonginmyheart photo: Peter Dervin

Kicking off our #Songplay tour @benaroyahall in Seattle TONIGHT!!! β€’ More tour dates: Feb 20 β€’ Berkeley, CA @cal_performances β€’ Feb 25 β€’ St. Paul, MN @schubertclub β€’ Feb 27 β€’ Oberlin, OH @oberlincon β€’ Mar 1 β€’ Boston, MA @celebrityseries β€’ Mar 4 β€’ New York NY @lincolncenter β€’ Mar 10 β€’ Princeton NJ @princeton β€’ β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… β€œThis album deserves to be heard by anyone who admires exceptional singing and instrumental craftsmanship, whether in opera, jazz or popular music.” ~ @dailymail #yougottolovetobeabletoplay β€’ Photo: @chrissingerme πŸŽ©πŸŽˆπŸ’‹ β€’ 🎢 Listen to the album here: πŸ”— link in bio.

Letting their lights shine and shine and shine!!! Shine on, superstars!!!!! @brownleetenor @ericowensopera #craigterry @benaroyahall Thank you for the #soulfood

β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… "Mind-blowing performances that, I wager, would bring even the most discerning jazz club audience to their feet." ~ @dailymail #Songplay I'm game!!! We start on Monday at @benaroyahall!!! We. Can. Not. Wait!!! #yougottolovetobeabletoplay photo: @chrissingerme πŸŽ©πŸŽˆπŸ’‹

#Songplay 4 #Playbill!! I love it!

🎈Take a look behind the scenes of our fabulous photo shoot shot by the divine Chris Singer at the @houseofyesnyc in Brooklyn. Like the recording, it was the most fun I’ve ever had on a shoot thanks to the extraordinary creative team! Take a look! Take a listen. Share your favorite track! πŸŽΆβ€οΈπŸŽ‰πŸ’ƒ Songplay is available worldwide today. β€’ 🎧 Listen to the album here: πŸ”— link in bio. β€’ β€’ πŸ“· Photography: @chrissingerme β€’ πŸŽ₯ Video: @iamkarinsinger β€’ πŸ’ Jewelry: @tamsenznyc β€’ πŸ‘— Gowns: @viviennewestwood β€’ 🎨Art direction: @catecool β€’ 🎩Styling & set design: @vitatzykun β€’ πŸ’„Make-up: @glowbyaffan β€’ πŸ“€ Album artwork: @lennysstudio β€’ β€’ The beauty of old Italian melodies, the charm of American classics, the swing of jazz... fusing sounds and styles without limits 🎀🎷🎹🎻πŸ₯πŸŽΊβ€’ β€’ It has been some of the most joyous music making of my life!! β€οΈβ€οΈπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ₯°πŸ₯° @warner_classics #NewMusicFriday @warnerclassicsus

β€œYou got to love to be able to play.” - Louis Armstrong πŸ“£ My new album 🎩 #SONGPLAY is now available worldwide! πŸŽ™οΈ Listen here πŸ”— link in bio. 🎈 🎈🎈🎈#Playwiththatsong πŸ’„πŸ’„πŸ’„@glowbyaffan πŸ‘—πŸ‘—πŸ‘—@viviennewestwood πŸ“ΈπŸ“ΈπŸ“Έ @chrissingerme 🎨🎨🎨 @vitatzykun πŸ’½πŸ’½πŸ’½ @lennysstudio

#Elated #Ecstatic & #ExquistelyExcited for my upcoming #CHPerspectives as part of the #CH1920 Season. These partners? This music? That stage? I’m going all out!!!!! @chicagosymphony #Berlioz150 #CleopatreRules #MaestroMuti @orchestre_metropolitain @nezetseguin #MozartRules #SoDoesSchubert #Winterreise #shespokeoflove #SongsForJoy #OdeToJoy #MasterClasses #Singersrule @medici.tv #itsallaboutthejourney #SoireeTime #BrentanoQuartet @emmanuel_ceysson @mcgillclarinet #WHAAAA? #DebussyRocks #MyFavoriteThings @ilpdo @maxim_emelyanychev #MonteverdiRocks #GluckRocks #HandelObviouslyRocks #PurcellIndubitblyRocks #myhandhurtsfromallthehashtags

A million heartfelt thanks to the extraordinary team at the @abudhabifestival for the unforgettable stay here and the powerful connection in the concert. More to follow, but for the moment my heart is overwhelmed at these last 3 weeks touring such extraordinary cities and venues. It is all imprinted deeply in our hearts. This is a world full of unimagined potential. #TalkPeace #DoPeace #LivePeace

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~ Joyce DiDonato