Joyce DiDonato is a multi–Grammy Award winner; a dazzling star of the concert, recital, and operatic stages; as well as a passionate advocate for the arts. Praised for her “melting tone and natural richness” (The New York Times), her remarkable musicianship, effervescent personality, and generous spirit make her a beloved performer.
DiDonato returns to Carnegie Hall for her second Perspectives series. In the summer before the 2019–2020 season, she joins the Hall’s National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America on tour to Europe. In November, she opens her Perspectives with one of her specialties: singing Berlioz’s royal protagonist in the dramatic La mort de Cléopâtre, this time with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Riccardo Muti. Known for capturing the essence of everything she sings, she joins fellow Perspectives artist Yannick Nézet-Séguin with Montreal’s Orchestre Métropolitain for arias by Mozart. Nézet-Séguin (on piano) also collaborates with her in Schubert’s harrowing and compellingly tragic song cycle Winterreise. DiDonato continues her series of master classes for young opera singers in the Hall’s Resnick Education Wing later next spring. As part of the Weill Music Institute’s All Together: A Global Ode to Joy, she joins New Yorkers of all ages onstage to share their own perspectives on joy, a universal emotion that binds communities together. Spring also will be the time for her to explore the beautifully melodic songs of Debussy, Ravel, and others in A French Soirée with flutist Tara Helen O’Connor, clarinetist Anthony McGill, harpist Emmanuel Ceysson, pianist Bryan Wagorn, and the Brentano String Quartet. Her performances with Il Pomo d’Oro are legendary, providing a fitting conclusion for her Perspectives with a program of opera arias under the direction of Maxim Emelyanychev.