Agrippina at Covent Garden

“Joyce DiDonato proved to be fully alive to the piece’s possibilities in the title role. This was DiDonato’s evening: the American mezzo was in her very best form. Agrippina, the wife of the Emperor Claudius, schemes and lies for three acts in order to place Nero—her son by a previous marriage—on the Imperial throne. DiDonato’s easy mastery of vocal acting and stagecraft was consistently impressive, allowing her to hold the center of attention throughout a long evening.”

Opera News

“Joyce DiDonato is absolute mistress of the title-role, singing with authority, grandeur, and high style.”

The Telegraph

“Even by her own exacting standards, DiDonato gives one of her finest performances, wonderfully voiced and acted, and keeping us just the right side of empathy throughout. Pensieri, Voi Mi Tormentate, when the mask drops to reveal lacerating self-doubt, has tragic intensity. Later, celebrating Agrippina’s ascendancy in Ogni Vento, she becomes a rock diva, singing with a microphone and playing to the gallery.”

The Guardian

“Mocking, Machiavellian, manipulative, DiDonato’s Agrippina dominates the stage from the start, a series of side glances at the audience giving away her ambitious plans as she pits characters against each other. She even gives conductor Maxim Emelyanychev his cues and interrupts Poppea mid-da capo. Vocally, she was on outstanding form, zinging coloratura runs tossed off with ease, a vast range of colours, particularly in her chest notes. Her Act 2 aria “Pensieri, voi mi tormenti” was particularly stunning, bending her long opening note achingly, beautifully echoed by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s oboe.”


“Joyce DiDonato effortlessly demonstrates why this extraordinary artist has become a leading star: her Agrippina is a tour de force of vocalism directed to dramatic ends combined with an acting performance that never misses an opportunity provided by either the text or the staging.”

The Stage

« Joyce DiDonato paraît au sommet de son art, ses fioritures sont homogènes sur toute la gamme, et sa voix de tête brille comme un diamant poli, qu’elle chante assise, debout, allongée, exécutant superbement les innombrables gestes exigés à travers une présence constante sur scène. »

“Joyce DiDonato appears at the height of her art, her embellishments are homogeneous throughout the range, and her head voice shines like a polished diamond, which she sings sitting, standing, lying down, superbly performing the countless gestures required through a constant presence on stage.”


“The power-crazed Agrippina is a peach of a role for a singer with the right force of personality and Joyce DiDonato is a mezzo at the height of her powers. The colours she brings to her voice paint a many-hued portrait and she is wonderfully consoling in her last aria, where Agrippina, ever the conniver, calls for reconciliation.”

Financial Times

“The American soprano Joyce DiDonato is outstanding in the title role, giving a glorious account of the all-powerful, all-scheming Agrippina. Her strong voice, impressive stamina, evident humour and apparently effortless ability to cope with all the vocal gymnastics of Handel’s gloriously demanding score all added up to a hugely enjoyable performance.”

“[DiDonato] sang with really extraordinary art, extracting enviable shades of tone and meaning out of harmless little recits, the arias pinpoint in intent and import, with superhuman vocal control and coloratura; old-time vocal acting, the character entirely projected though the voice, plus real stage nous. She’s great at the regal body language, the dismissive toss of the head, the sashaying swagger. Really, it’s more than any audience could reasonably ask: she’s been at the absolute height of her career for over a decade but this is as good as anything of hers I’ve seen.”

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And with the snap of the fingers, this blissful, nourishing tour with the extraordinary @orchestre_metropolitain comes to a conclusion. After touring some of the top halls in North America, what a joy to finish in the home of the @philorch, another base for the boundless energy and gifts of @nezetseguin. It also wraps up 3 astonishing months for me, going from Agrippina in London, across Sputh America and landing in DC for #InWarAndPeace, launching the new recording of #Damnation, visiting the @npr #tinydesk, (look for it in Jan!), and even traveling to ancient Egypt yesterday! Is there a more perfect conclusion to this memorable period than #Mozart? I think not! Photo: @fgoupil #partopartotomorrow #thatclari netthough #fullcircle #lastsangthisariainphillytwentyfouryearsagoatavaforthedeathbyariasingoff #spellcheckTHAT

#StandingOvation to the entire #Akhnaten Family for this beautiful performance today. Utterly unforgettable!!!! #Repost @metopera with @get_repost ・・・ Mezzo-soprano @joycedidonato hosted today’s Live in HD transmission of Philip Glass’s Akhnaten—seen in more than 70 countries worldwide. 🌎 Don’t miss her performance in the upcoming production of Agrippina, live in cinemas on February 29! #MetHD #MetOpera #Opera #Akhnaten #PhilipGlass #LiveinHD #Movies

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An overwhelming evening last night @carnegiehall, with my fellow Perspective”s Artist, @nezetseguin, as he brought his first orchestra, @orchestre_metropolitain, to this beautiful hall for the first time. The pure joy and abundant love that poured forth from the legendary stage in the remarkable Bruckner 4 elevated us all. What a gift it is to be a part of his world. 🎉💃🎉 Photo: @fgoupil

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