About the album

Bel Air Classiques
Blu-ray/HD release

William Christie, conductor
Luc Bondy, stage director

“But it’s the grand portrait of Dejanira that holds the attention in a marvellously evocative performance from Joyce DiDonato; her departures from Handel’s notes in the cause of dramatic effect are small blots on a magnificent landscape.”
-Classical-Music.com

“Joyce DiDonato is a referential Dejanirah. And at thirty-five years of age, the remarkable American mezzo was the great successor to Marilyn Horne and seems to converge on the roads paved by lyric mezzo predecessors as diverse as Janet Baker, Cecilia Bartoli, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Sarah Connolly, Susan Graham and Anne Sofie von Otter, another Dejanirah of renown. The Kansas singer portrays admirably, one with Christie unleashing torrential drama from the pit becomes, her arsenal holds a surprising vocal resources and she is also an extraordinary actress; rather, revelatory interpreter – final scene of madness crowned with the famous Where Shall I Fly a milestone in a career that would take her to where she is today.”

{Joyce DiDonato es una Dejanirah referencial. Ya a sus treinta y cinco años la notable mezzo americana era la gran sucesora de Marilyn Horne y donde parecerían convergir los caminos pavimentados por mezzos líricas precursoras tan diferentes como Janet Baker, Cecilia Bartoli, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Sarah Connolly, Susan Graham y Anne Sofie von Otter, otra Dejanirah de temer. La cantante de Kansas se acopla admirablemente, se hace una con el dramatismo torrencial que desata Christie desde el foso, ostenta una sorprendente batería de recursos vocales y es además una actriz extraordinaria; su escena final de locura – mejor dicho, de revelatoria lucidez – coronada con el célebre Where Shall I Fly marca un hito en una carrera que la llevaría al lugar en el que se encuentra hoy.}

-Miami Clásica

“Joyce DiDonato is brilliant as Dejanira, Hercules’ threatened wife …”

-The Whole Note

Album info

Release date: April 1, 2016
Number of Discs: 1
Format: DVD / Blu-ray
Label: Bel Air Classiques
ASIN: B01BMPJ3G8

11 Jun

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9 Jun

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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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There will always be more freedom to acquire and more truth to uncover.

~ Joyce DiDonato