“Joyce DiDonato’s performance as Donizetti’s Mary Queen of Scots leaves one bereft of superlatives. So let me start by claiming that bel canto of this quality has not been heard at Covent Garden for more than a generation and that, on the strength of this night alone, her name should rank in the operatic pantheon alongside the greatest legends of the past.

Flawless technical virtuosity – based in firm legato, lucid projection, clean diction, breath control, fast trills and precisely articulated runs – makes every note tell. But this is the mere machinery, the hard work.

DiDonato has the rarer gift of imaginative musicality, too, and it’s the glowing beauty of tone, warm shaping of phrase, delicate colouring of words and intense commitment to character which cast the magic and make the drama meaningful.”

Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph



New York City

The Metropolitan Opera
Carlo Rizzi, conductor

Wigmore Hall Masterclass


Semiramide (title role)


Royal Opera House
Antonio Pappano, conductor
David Alden, director



Wigmore Hall
Brentano String Quartet

All’ mein Gedanken Op. 21
Du meines Herzens Krönelein Op. 21
Die Nacht Op. 10 No. 3
Traum durch die Dämmerung Op. 29 No. 1
Ach Lieb, ich muss nun scheiden Op. 21

Camille Claudel: Into the Fire

Silvester Concerts


Berliner Philharmoniker
Sir Simon Rattle, conductor

DVOŘÁK: Karneval, Konzertouvertüre op. 92
STRAVINSKY: Pas de deux aus Apollon musagète
STRAUSS (RICHARD): Orchesterlieder
BERNSTEIN: 3 Dance Episodes aus On the Town
BERNSTEIN: Take Care of this House
SCHOSTAKOVICH: Suite aus dem Ballett Das goldene Zeitalter op. 22a


Dead Man Walking


Teatro Real
Mark Wigglesworth, conductor

Dead Man Walking


Barbican Theatre
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Mark Wigglesworth, conductor
Leonard Foglia, director

HEGGIE: Dead Man Walking (UK Premiere)
Semi-staged performance


New York City

The Metropolitan Opera
Bertrand de Billy, conductor

Master Class

New York City

Carnegie Hall
Resnick Education Wing

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