End of the Year “Best of” Lists

Song recitals can sometimes be stiffly formal affairs, but this charismatic mezzo-soprano made Carnegie Hall feel like a living room when she performed a wide-ranging program of Haydn, Rossini, Cécile Chaminade and Jake Heggie with the pianist David Zobel in March. The event was memorable not only for Ms. DiDonato’s spectacular singing but also for her engaging onstage commentary.” ~ Best of 2011 New York Times

Diva/Divo tops numerous lists as one of the top 10 Classical Recordings of 2011:

~ Place l’opera/Amsterdam: Solo Album of the Year

~ The New Yorker

~ Opera News

~ Time Out, NY: “The notion of doing trouser-role arias and frillier fare on the same disc isn’t altogether new, but it’s never been done with more penetrating insight or stylish range than on this smartly programmed, opulently sung recital from a mezzo who’s become America’s sweetheart.”

~ The Sunday Times

~ The Classical Review: “‘From literally the first note,’ enthused George Loomis, ‘this disc is a joy.’  Clearly reveling in the variety of challenges presented by repertoire gleefully exploiting the gender-bending provocations of trouser and castrato roles, the disc offered irresistible evidence, GL added, of ‘a major artist at the height of her powers.'”

~ Classical KUSC:  “… Joyce’s oh-so painstakingly ordered repertoire of responsorial gender-switching arias is a wonder. Naturally, it’s the alternating Pants Arias, which make this genius of programming possible. Plus it doesn’t hurt to have Joyce’s almost-paradoxically powerful & smooth pipes.”

~ Grammy Nomination for Best Classical Solo Album

~ The Star-Ledger:  “Joyce DiDonato is the reigning queen — or prince — of lyric mezzo-soprano roles. She is at her best in Rossini’s florid music, embodying the feisty, fearless spirit that makes his heroines so endearing. She also maintains jaw-dropping speed, a gratifyingly reliable trill and firm command of her range from its sweetly blooming upper reaches to its warm low notes”

~ San Francisco Classical Voice “But if I had to choose only one, it would be DiDonato’s. Here’s why:  She is astounding […] This recital contains the 21st century’s counterpart to Golden Age vocalism.”

Broad Stage, Los Angeles

RECITAL TOUR

“OK, I’m a sap. Her Philadelphia Chamber Music Society concert in March was wonderful by any measure. But in a career that has been full of false starts (such as her time at Philadelphia’s Academy of Vocal Arts), Di Donato’s return had special meaning, summed up in her choice of encore: “Over the Rainbow.” A quiet wallop.” ~ Crescendos in a Classical Year The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Cliburn makes the list again. If the vocal recital is on death’s door, as many say it is, then Joyce DiDonato gave it a shot of adrenaline and maybe even a pacemaker. It didn’t matter much what she sang, although the program was interestingly filled with rarities. As to her voice, it is a perfectly trained and beautiful instrument that can easily navigate all of the coloratura roulades and trills of the Rossini repertoire. She is able to float the most beautiful and focused pianissimo line for entire phrases, indeed, for entire songs. She is a real mezzo, and not a push-down soprano or a push-up contralto. She is able to act without “acting” and she struck the perfect balance between what would be acceptable on stage and what works in a recital. The pianist, David Zobel, was a perfect collaborator. He never missed a note and was with her every step of the way. Those who were not in attendance really missed something awesome (as the kids would say) and important (as I would say).” ~ Best of 2011 Theater Jones

CENDRILLION

“Other Covent Garden hits this year have been Laurent Pelly’s production of Massenet’s Cendrillon with a glistening Joyce DiDonato singing the title role: Betrand de Billy’s superb musical direction combined with the directorial master of French opera, Laurent Pelly, made compelling opera.” ~ The Best of 2011 The Huffington Post

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So looking forward to #Winterreise tonight for @princetonuniversityconcerts with beloved @nezetseguin ... each return to this piece brings such unexpected discoveries. Photo: @andredesrosiersphotos

Looking forward to these powerful concerts with Yannick @nezetseguin! Schubert: Winterreise • Dec 08 | @clubmusicaldequebec Dec 11 | @princeton University Dec 15 | @carnegiehall * 📅 joycedidonato.com/category/events/🖥 *Live on @medici.tv - Dec. 15. www.medici.tv/en/calendar/ • • “The DiDonato/Nézet-Séguin pairing is inspired, one of those special nights where you rarely get to see two musical superstars pull off a work of this magnitude.” • ~ Independent Kansas City

And with the snap of the fingers, this blissful, nourishing tour with the extraordinary @orchestre_metropolitain comes to a conclusion. After touring some of the top halls in North America, what a joy to finish in the home of the @philorch, another base for the boundless energy and gifts of @nezetseguin. It also wraps up 3 astonishing months for me, going from Agrippina in London, across Sputh America and landing in DC for #InWarAndPeace, launching the new recording of #Damnation, visiting the @npr #tinydesk, (look for it in Jan!), and even traveling to ancient Egypt yesterday! Is there a more perfect conclusion to this memorable period than #Mozart? I think not! Photo: @fgoupil #partopartotomorrow #thatclari netthough #fullcircle #lastsangthisariainphillytwentyfouryearsagoatavaforthedeathbyariasingoff #spellcheckTHAT

#StandingOvation to the entire #Akhnaten Family for this beautiful performance today. Utterly unforgettable!!!! #Repost @metopera with @get_repost ・・・ Mezzo-soprano @joycedidonato hosted today’s Live in HD transmission of Philip Glass’s Akhnaten—seen in more than 70 countries worldwide. 🌎 Don’t miss her performance in the upcoming production of Agrippina, live in cinemas on February 29! #MetHD #MetOpera #Opera #Akhnaten #PhilipGlass #LiveinHD #Movies

Live from the Met in one hour! The Met's epic production of Philip Glass' Akhnaten is shown live on screen in cinemas worldwide and I am thrilled to host the broadcast. In bocca al lupo to this stellar cast! I can't wait to see the show and speak to you about this gorgeous work. @metopera #metopera #liveinhd #Movies #PhilipGlass #Akhnaten @philipglassmusic @arcostanzo #MetHD

An overwhelming evening last night @carnegiehall, with my fellow Perspective”s Artist, @nezetseguin, as he brought his first orchestra, @orchestre_metropolitain, to this beautiful hall for the first time. The pure joy and abundant love that poured forth from the legendary stage in the remarkable Bruckner 4 elevated us all. What a gift it is to be a part of his world. 🎉💃🎉 Photo: @fgoupil

It was an overwhelming musical experience to return to Strasbourg and my "Berlioz Family" to bring "La Damnation de Faust" to life! Released today, I can't think of a more perfect way to round out this Berlioz Year. I hope you will listen and be swept away, as we all were by the experience! @philharmonique_de_strasbourg @spikelmyers @nicolascourjal @alexandreduhamelbaritone @warner_classics @warnerclassicsus • 💿 Link in bio to pre-order the album. • • #berlioz #berlioz150 #yearofberlioz #faust #opera #newmusicfriday

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Thank you #AnnArbor, @umspresents, @orchestre_metropolitain , beloved @nezetseguin, and divine #Mozart. My soul is well-nourished tonight. ❤️❤️❤️

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~ Joyce DiDonato