Joyce DiDonato begins the first of many events in New York this season at the National Opera Center, featured as part of OPERA America’s ‘Conversations’ series on December 7. Ms. DiDonato joins Marc Scorca, President and CEO of OPERA America, in an evening of stories and discussion regarding her career and the state of the field. Although tickets for this event are now sold out, there will be a free livestream (and archived broadcast) via OPERA America Onstage.
On December 10 Joyce presents a master class for students from the Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts at the Juilliard School, which will be streamed live online via live.juilliard.edu. A QnA session will also take place, time permitting.
Ms. DiDonato then returns to the Metropolitan Opera to reprise her role as Elena in Rossini’s spectacular work La Donna del Lago. She previously sang the role to great acclaim at Santa Fe Opera and most recently at the Met last season in its premiere:
Joyce DiDonato emerges triumphant … she gave a performance that may ultimately stand as a high point in her already lofty career. What we heard was one of the world’s best voices in top form — her tone was pure honey, her coloratura effortlessly fluttering, her ornamentation fearless … opera lovers should sprint to the house to hear Joyce DiDonato’s performance … (New York Classical Review)
Performances take place December 11, 15, 19, 22 & 26, and also feature Lawrence Brownlee as Giacomo V, Daniela Barcellona as Malcolm, John Osborn as Rodrigo, and Oren Gradus sings Duglas, with acclaimed conductor Michele Mariotti leading the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus in this Paul Curran staging. Last season’s HD broadcast is now available on DVD and Blu-ray formats, via Amazon.com. Enjoy a preview of the duet “Cielo! in qual estasi” on YouTube, and visit Amazon to secure your copy of this thrilling production.
Following her Met performances, Joyce kicks off 2016 with a series of three master classes in Carnegie Hall’s Judith and Burton Resnick Education Wing, January 8, 9 & 10. Singers from across the US were invited to apply, and the four selected participants will work with Joyce on arias of their choosing. The classes will also be streamed live online on Medici.tv. Archived video from DiDonato’s 2015 Carnegie Master Classes is now available to stream via Medici.tv.