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Multi Grammy Award winner and 2018 Olivier Award winner for Outstanding Achievement in Opera, Kansas-born Joyce DiDonato entrances audiences across the globe, and has been proclaimed “perhaps the most potent female singer of her generation” by the New Yorker. With a voice “nothing less than 24-carat gold” according to the Times, Joyce has soared to the top of the industry both as a performer and a fierce advocate for the arts, gaining international prominence in operas by Handel and Mozart, as well as through her wide-ranging, acclaimed discography. She is also widely acclaimed for the bel canto roles of Rossini and Donizetti.

Much in demand on the concert and recital circuit she has recently held residencies at Carnegie Hall and at London’s Barbican Centre, toured extensively in the United States, South America, Europe and Asia and appeared as guest soloist at the BBC’s Last Night of the Proms. Recent highlights include the Rotterdam Philharmonic under Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Berlin Philharmonic under Sir Simon Rattle, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Ricardo Muti, and extensive touring with Il pomo d’oro under Maxim Emelyanychev, as well as recitals with the Brentano Quartet at Wigmore Hall and with Pappano at The Royal Opera.

In opera, Joyce’s recent roles include Sister Helen Dead Man Walkingat the Teatro Real Madrid and London’s Barbican Centre, her first Didon Les Troyensunder John Nelsons in Strasbourg, her first Semiramidein a new production at the Bavarian State Opera, the title role in Ariodante on tour with the English Concert and Harry Bicket, Semiramideand Charlotte Wertherunder Pappano at The Royal Opera, and the title role in Cendrillon, Adalgisa Norma, Elena La donna del lagoat the Metropolitan Opera, as well as the title role in Maria Stuardafor the Metropolitan Opera, The Royal Opera and the Liceu Barcelona.

Joyce’s 2018/19 season sees her first staged Didon Les Troyensat the Vienna State Opera, her Sesto at the Metropolitan Opera and Agrippina in concert with Il pomo d’oro. She will also perform at the BBC Proms and in Hamburg with the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique under Sir John Eliot Gardiner, with the Philadelphia Orchestra at Carnegie Hall under Nézet-Séguin, with Il pomo d’oro under Emelyanychev on tour to Moscow and Asia, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Muti, and the Accademia Santa Cecilia Orchestra under Pappano.   The season also sees the release of her latest major album on Warner SongPlaywhich will tour the United States, ‘Winterreise’ in recital in Kansas City and Ann Arbor with Nézet-Séguin at the piano, and will culminate in a tour of the US and Europe with NYO USA under Pappano. 

An exclusive recording artist with Erato/Warner Classics, Joyce’s most recent release Les Troyens has won theRecording (Complete Opera) category at the 2018 International Opera Awards, the Opera Award at the 2018 BBC Music Magazine Awards and is nominated in the Opera category at this year’s Gramophone Awards. An extensive recording artist, other recent albums include In War & Peacewhich won the 2017 Best Recital Gramophone Award, Stella di Napoli, her Grammy-Award-winning Diva Divo and Drama Queens.   Other honours include the Gramophone Artist of the Year and Recital of the Year awards, and an induction into the Gramophone Hall of Fame.

 

Last update: SOPHIE DAND / August 2018

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It is the thrill of a lifetime to be able to bring Didon to the stage in Berlioz's Les Troyens. Of course, it is an epic work, grand in every sense of the word; but it is the humanity and the intimacy found in this role that is nearly unbearable to me. If you’re near Vienna, I’d recommend not missing it. If you can’t see it live in the house, there will be a live stream on November 4. 🔗 in bio. Photo: Michael Pöhn / Wiener Staatsoper

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If you’re an opera lover, don’t miss this extraordinary film, “Maria by Callas”. You think you knew all there was to know about her, but this documentary will surely surprise you. As I read her letters for the film, I understood her in a way no previous biography or interview has captured. @sonypictures @mariabycallas

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Criss-crossing North America, opera lovers have been enthralled by Tom Volf’s highly-praised documentary “MARIA by CALLAS”. If you thought you knew all there was to know about this revered singer, you need to see this film. Giving voice to the heart-wrenching letters she sent to beloved friends was an incredible, humbling experience for me as I helped to tell her story in her own words. In honor of the 40th Anniversary of her passing, do see this film, and gain a deeper, more intimate understanding of the woman behind the diva. #mariabycallas #MariaCallas #NYFF @thenyff

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Well, if it’s not a “Two Widows” Reunion!!!!! @operabrandon, what a joy to share the stage with you again after tw%#*y years! And here I am again, a W2BW! (Widow To Be Wooed) Bonus points for anyone who actually attended our *historic* performances in Smetna’s underperformed opera way back in 1998 in #Chautauqua!!! #Chautauqua2Carthage #Smetna2Berlioz #HappilyEverAfter2TotalDestruction

I could not be happier or more excited that our wonderful album of Les Troyens has been named “Recording of the Year” at tonight’s Gramophone Award ceremony. Thank you to the visionary and magical music-making of John Nelson, my fabulous cast members and to @warner_classics for in believing in this project. It has been a pleasure and an extreme privilege to be a part of it. THANK YOU!!! Viva Les Troyens and viva #Berlioz.

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~ Joyce DiDonato