The Dallas Opera has awarded Joyce DiDonato with the 2016 “Maria Callas Debut Artist of the Year” Award. The
award is bestowed upon to a single artist every season, which acknowledges a memorable and outstanding debut at the company. Joyce created the role of Arden Scott, the title character in Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally’s Great Scott, which premiered at The Dallas Opera in October 2015.

“DiDonato was a wonder . . . With every technical effect perfectly executed, she proved herself once again a star.” (Classical Voice North America)

“DiDonato, displaying her renowned virtuosity in coloratura excerpts, is deeply engaging . . . ”
(Dallas Morning News)

From Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny: “It’s a tremendous thrill to learn that our patrons have decided to honor Joyce for her starring role in one of the most important North American premieres of the 2015-16 Season. Great Scott was designed to showcase her extraordinary artistry—and indeed it does—yet audiences were just as touched by Joyce’s incredible humanity. She imbued her character Arden Scott with life, breath, and a true and generous heart. When Arden ultimately found the courage to accept new professional challenges and a second chance at love, audiences wanted to stand up and cheer! We are deeply indebted to Joyce for her brilliant work throughout the world premiere production of Great Scott. Nothing would please me more than to have the opportunity to bring her back to the Winspear for more extraordinary performances.”