At the 54th Annual GRAMMY® Awards last night, EMI/Virgin Classics exclusive artist Joyce DiDonato won in the Classical Vocal Solo category for her album Diva Divo.

Earlier in the afternoon, the Kansas City-born mezzo-soprano became the first ever classical singer to perform at the GRAMMYs® with a rousing rendition of Rossini’s “Non più mesta” from Diva, Divo which brought the audience to its feet in a standing ovation.

“Thank you for letting an opera girl come into this,” Joyce said in her acceptance speech. She also rallied the crowd by urging people to support arts education, saying how “there’s a war on in our country against the arts right now…we need more musicians in our lives.”

Diva, Divo is an album which celebrates the rich variety of the mezzo-soprano voice, including a selection of arias for both male and female characters which perfectly showcase DiDonato’s extraordinary instrument.


  1. Chris said…

    Hearty congratulations indeed. Richly deserved.

    • Chris said…

      I would add that since I could not find on the internet any clip of Joyce’s performance at the Grammys I went to You Tube to hear her do Non piu mesta in Barcelona. I presume that gives a good idea of her Grammy performance. I have to say it is so marvelous in its virtuosity it really takes the breath away. Quite incredible.

  2. Michael Eardley said…


    I had the great pleasure of getting to see you perform at the GRAMMYs and accept your award. You made the stage shine. Haven’t heard a voice like yours since Jackie. Cudos.


  3. Bernard Christians said…

    My heartiest congratulations Joyce !

    Cette double victoire aux Grammy Awards, celle de l’opéra et la vôtre, est une formidable première. Cette récompense, ô combien méritée, est la reconnaissance éclatante d’un talent exceptionnel et d’un engagement sans faille au service de l’art lyrique.

    I’m eagerly awaiting your next visits in Paris and München !
    Cheers !


  4. Dave Butters said…

    Brilliant! A huge accomplishment against great competion. Bravissima!

  5. Klassikfan said…

    Dear Joyce, I am glad that I have been lucky enough to see and listen to you tonight at the Barbican Centre in London. Six wonderful songs of Hector Berlioz’ “Les nuits d’été”! (Actually your performance has been my very special birthday present today. ;-))Thank you so much!

  6. Sarah said…

    Joyce, this is a great album and a worthy winner. I’ve enjoyed hearing you sing composers “new” to you like Berlioz and Gluck (I’m a big fan), plus additional roles like Vitellia (is there a performance in your future?) Thank you for the opportunities to let us listen!!

  7. Chris said…

    Review by Fiona Maddocks in the Guardian:
    The American mezzo Joyce DiDonato is exceptional in many ways, not least in managing to produce a popular yet independent-minded recital disc with a point beyond self-publicity. Diva, Divo combines “trouser” roles with “skirt” arias from the same opera or story. So in versions of Cinderella by Massenet and Rossini, she sings both Prince Charming and the heroine. In Mozart’s Figaro she switches from Susanna to Cherubino, and displays her ambidexterity both as Bellini’s Romeo and Berlioz’s Juliet. It’s playful, as well as an ideal vehicle for her glorious mezzo voice in which the most fiendish coloratura ornaments and trills sound effortless.

  8. Felix said…

    Congratulations Joyce! I will continue saying this but your interpretation of “Roméo et Juliette: Premiers transports que nul n’oublie” is a masterpiece. Your humility is so refreshing!

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