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

11 Jun

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11 Jun

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9 Jun

Cry. You can reapply the concealer .... tears are cleansing and sometimes called for ... 😔 https://t.co/fd9hDX0OgS

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I arrive (nearly) to the end of this very full season, and it’s good moment to remind each of you reading this that YOU are the reason I travel the world, away from home for months at a time, working towards an unattainable perfection, exposed in ways very few people can imagine, singing the stories of characters searching for enlightenment/redemption/hope/relief/joy, and why I dedicate a large part of my life to this century’s old art form. I do it to entertain you at a minimum, but mostly to offer you comfort, to help us all join in a communal “event” that connects us across time and space despite our perceived differences, and I do it because I truly believe it makes the world a better place. I know you feel this most of the time as well. It’s likely what keeps bringing you back! I hope that after this season, perhaps you feel a bit more inspired to take what you receive as an audience member and activate that sensation in your own life, to bring hope and joy to the world around you. Don’t ever underestimate your power to do that - one doesn’t need the spotlight to bring transformation. #Songplay #Winterreise #Agrippina #Didon ✨

If this girl can do it, you can too!!!!!!! #belikeanant #heavyload #yourenevergivenanythingyoucanthandle #antsruletheworld #summerlovin

Grazie Mille @accademiadisantacecilia and the @baciopanino boys. What a JOY it was to perform with you all. Until the next time!

Celebrating #WorldOceansDay ... hoping every single one of you has the chance to swim in the vast blue ocean one day. Growing up in Kansas, I didn’t have the chance until I was in my 30’s, but when I finally did, an entire new universe opened right underneath me and I was changed. I’m so grateful for all that the planet’s oceans give to us. I want to be sure I’m doing all I can as a citizen of the world to take care of them and their vast, life-giving properties. Let’s get more informed and more active in protecting them and helping them thrive.

I was not prepared. The inspiration is through the roof to bring to life the towering cantata of #JoanOfArc tonight in the very cathedral de St. Denis, where she prayed for strength centuries and centuries ago. The same stones that received her pleas tonight will hear them again filtered through the mind of Rossini and the vibrations of those of us on stage. This, perhaps, is the thing I love most about the world of music - it connects us directly through time and space, and it shows us demonstrably how we are one. Ask me how much I love my “job”! @festivalsaintdenis @accademiadisantacecilia

#HowToFlower . . . What’s beautiful around you right now?

Grazie Mille, Roma. What a gift to be here for the briefest of moments - how much life we can find in the now!!!! #LightShower #Pantheon #Mystical #Luz #Luz #Luz #NoFilter #LookAround #Stopqndbreathe #batheinthelight #recoup #regenerate #batheingratitude #boydidtheromansknowhowtobuildabuilding #agrippinawashere #perfection #ladolcevita

And behind the scenes with Maestro Pappano and his @accademiadisantacecilia: a glimpse into the PROCESS which I love so much as we create our journey to prepare for the magic of the audience’s arrival. Thank you all for making our hard work so worthwhile!

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~ Joyce DiDonato