Songplay Tour Reviews

“DiDonato’s ravishingly beautiful account of Giovanni Paisiello’s aria “Nel cor più non mi sento” — a series of hushed, impeccably controlled melodic phrases delivered for maximum expressive impact — pointed toward something even deeper and more rewarding than the promised fun.”

Datebook, San Francisco Chronicle

“DiDonato conjured a nightclub atmosphere that was at once relaxed and rarefied, improbable and utterly convincing. Songplay fell into a groove of its own singular making, and pulled a grateful, at times wonderstruck, audience into its warm embrace.”

San Francisco Classical Voice

“Based on selections from the Italian art song repertoire, DiDonato’s 90-minute “Songplay” concert probed boundaries between classical and jazz idioms, looking for overlaps and opportunities to dissolve barriers altogether.”

Star Tribune

“Treating each of the popular ballads as miniature dramatic scenes, DiDonato mined the subtle passions of George Shearing’s “Lullaby of Birdland.” “Will he like me” from Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick’s 1963 musical She Loves Me was coy and innocent. So too was Duke Ellington’s “Solitude,” which the singer shaded in warm, plush tones.”

Boston Classical Review

“DiDonato’s “Songplay” program was a captivating medley of the beloved baroque and classical “arie antiche,” transported into delicious harmonic la la lands of sheer sonic whimsy. Whereas these melodies in their original setting require a measure of tasteful and elegant restraint, it turns out they are well served by the free-inprovisational style of jazz arrangements, where exaggerated fermatas, multi-octave glissandi, accented ostinatos and generous rubatti merely add to the spontaneity of singing, as if sung by someone unaware that she is being watched.”


“DiDonato herself is a performer of glorious voice and canny stage presence. Singing the Italian chestnuts, she was full-throated, without too much jazz affect save for some sly winks. The audience (mostly classical fans) giggled when she tacked on a vocal-jazz coda here and dueled with Porter there, growling out a few notes before embarking down a perfect chromatic stairstep scale and sliding the other way back.”

The Boston Globe

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LIVE from the @elbphilharmonie on!!! 🔗link in bio. Please join me, Maestro #antoniopappano and the extraordinary, life-affirming #NYOUSA orchestra for the conclusion of our incredibly memorable tour! (Or If you’re in Hamburg, head down to the hall to watch live on the open-air screen for free!) I promise, you will feel uplifted, inspired, and full of hope by watching these extraordinary young musicians!!! • • “When Joyce DiDonato was singing Le spectre de la rose from Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été — her voice so tender, so poignant, so full of meaning — it really was hard to imagine anything more perfect. [...] DiDonato made it human and transcendent.” - The Times • • 📷 @chrisleephotonyc @carnegiehall #berlioz #lesnuitsdete #joycedidonato #musiciansofinstagram #instaclassical #livestream #musicislife #tourlife

My heart...thank you, @bbc_proms and all the gorgeous #Prommers and the gorgeous @royalalberthall and you gorgeous #London audiences! I was very proud today to stand alongside the incredible musicians of the #nyousa orchestra bringing #Berlioz to life. Such a beautiful souvenir!!!

Can’t think of a more gorgeous way to wake up on this Sunny London Morning than to join the divine #NYOUSA in Berlioz’s *sublime* Les nuits d’été, LIVE at the @bbc_proms. You can join us LIVE to listen on @bbcradio3! It is a complete joy to share the stage with these incredible musicians. Photo: the divine @chrisleephotonyc

Y’all know this is going to be epic, right?!?! @jbartonmezzo is coming to town to rock the #Proms!!!!!!!! #epic #mezzosrock #dichteuyoubetterholla

Hey #NYOUSA!! Flying to you!! Can’t wait to meet you all and share an amazing experience together at the @edintfest!!!

Couldn’t have asked for a better, more old-fashioned road trip vacation than this ... Seattle-to-LA, baby! Gratefully reminded, once again, of how much beauty exists in staggering abundance all around us, should we dare to look up and bear witness to it. #lookup #summerlovin #roadtrip #youneverfullyrealizewhatyouhaveuntilitsgone #1136miles #bliss #shameonmeforbeingaformerpickupsnob #divasapparentlydrivepickupsnow #whaaaaaaa??? 😎

Do you see anything beautiful around you in this moment...??? #summerlovin #lookaround #futuressobrightigottawearshades #breathe #connect #turnoffthenews #racismisrotten #raiseyourvoice

What questions do you ask when you look upwards....?? #summerlovin #cloudlovin #contemplationbaby #lookup

Can’t stop looking up! #ombramaifu #summerlovin #branchingout #treesglorioustrees #inspired

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~ Joyce DiDonato