La Damnation de Faust / Palais des Congrès, Strasbourg

“…to have DiDonato on hand, a Marguerite of marvellous elegance and vulnerability, close to delirium in her last scene, an emotion the whole audience could partake in when it was all over.”

The Times

“Despite the gorgeous aria “D’amour l’ardente flamme”, beautifully duetted with Jean-Michel Crétet’s cor anglais obbligato, Marguerite doesn’t have an especially large role in proceedings. But that didn’t stop Joyce DiDonato getting star billing here. Her Marguerite was mellifluously sung, cooing in the love duet, her mezzo fluttering softly at the top.”

Bachtrack

“Marguerite is a relatively small role, but her two arias are corkers. I have to confess that my ideal in the role is a dramatic singer like Regine Crespin, Joyce DiDonato brought a different approach, more intimate, more delicate. This was an intimate characterful performance, sung with plangent tone, which brought out Marguerite’s naivety and youthfulness. The converse was that there were moments in ‘D’amour l’ardente flamme’ that I wanted to sear but didn’t, DiDonato has a way of shading off high notes which gave the music a lovely shape.”

Planet Hugill

“Joyce DiDonato a abordé le rôle de Marguerite de La Damnation au Festival de Pâques de Baden-Baden sous la direction de Sir Simon Rattle il y a 4 ans. Son chant sensuel et solide sur toute la tessiture, d’une clarté affirmée, apparaît constamment expressif… Elle brille de façon irrésistible dans la ballade du Roi de Thulé (avec l’accompagnement d’un altiste hors pair, Benjamin Boura) et plus encore dans son deuxième air D’amour l’ardente flamme… la cantatrice force le respect et exerce même une certaine fascination.”

Ôlyrix

“Comme à Baden-Baden en 2015, Joyce DiDonato incarne une somptueuse Marguerite, plus intérieure peut-être, plus rêveuse, plus mélancolique (« La Ballade du Roi de Thulé ») mais toujours aussi incandescente et engagée (le duo avec Faust ou « D’amour, l’ardente flamme »). Le fin vibratello confère à ses aigus un supplément d’âme et de ferveur.”

Res Music

11 Jun

Who needs espresso? Or to understand the wonder of life? Apparently I only need this....! https://t.co/F56DafpiH7

11 Jun

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9 Jun

Cry. You can reapply the concealer .... tears are cleansing and sometimes called for ... 😔 https://t.co/fd9hDX0OgS

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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 ✨

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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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