Cancellation of European performances of Ariodante

It is with deep regret that Joyce DiDonato has announced that she will not be able to participate in the European performances of Ariodante with Harry Bicket and The English Concert due to a medical procedure. She is immensely sorry to disappoint her fans and admirers but is hugely grateful to the wonderful Alice Coote for stepping in for the European concerts, and to Harry Bicket and The English Concert for their support and understanding. Joyce is looking forward to singing the American tour dates.

It is with great sadness that I inform you that I must unfortunately withdraw from the upcoming European performances of Ariodante on tour with Harry Bicket and The English Concert. Good news for YOU is that the incredible Alice Coote has made herself available to fill in … details in the video. I am, however, still able to do the American portion of the tour and very much look forward to revisiting this incredible role. PS – I’ll be fine! 🙂

– Joyce




  1. Dan said…

    Geezo – peezo! One day all excited about this tour and the next day having to take time to care for health and welfare. Well, we are all glad you have the right priorities and will take care of the most important things first. I am sure that you have physicians and nurses who are as passionate about health care and their patients as you are about inspiring your many fans who enjoy learning so much from you. Modern medicine is pretty miraculous when you think about it and we cannot wait to check in and see that you are “back in the saddle again” soon. Best of all!!

  2. Dan said…

    A sad, sad day in Detroit. Our genius visionary of Opera and Dance in Southeast Michigan has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Dr. David DiChiera came to Detroit with a vision and a dream to bring opera to our community. He built a beautiful opera facility and has directed opera programs for the last several decades. This man is truly a giant and he is approaching his next challenges with the same grace and warmth that he brings to all his endeavors. Attached is a note from him to the Detroit opera community.

    Dear Friends,

    Over the past two years I’ve been planning for my formal departure from the opera company and the opera house that I’ve built along with the love and help of so many of you and your fellow opera and dance devotees. For me it has been a true labor of love, one in which I’ve been given back so much more than I’ve given. Saying “so long” is bittersweet to say the least, but the time is right for me to move on.

    In recent months I’ve had the pleasure and excitement of watching as plans take shape for the incredible Gala weekend being planned in my honor in May. The weekend will be a wonderful capstone to my career as well as a fitting kickoff for the exciting future of Michigan Opera Theatre. I hope you will be able to share it with me.

    Life, of course, is never predictable. As someone once said, we don’t lead our own lives; they lead us. And often they surprise us, as mine has recently done.

    I have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. But I fully intend to be at the May celebration. I don’t want that Gala to be turned into a memorial. I want to be there, to see all my friends and family, to personally thank you for your love and support, and to truly celebrate the future of Michigan Opera Theatre and the City of Detroit with you. The opera house and the opera company will stand for many years as my legacy to Detroit and to opera and, with the exception of my family, they will always be my proudest achievement.

    At 82 years I have lived an unbelievably rich and rewarding life and when the time comes I’ll leave it with few regrets. Your friendship is among my greatest treasures. You will always be in my heart and I hope some part of me will always be in yours. I look forward to seeing you at the Gala and to sharing a great evening together.


    David DiChiera

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