“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


Le Concert de Paris


Le Chœur et la Maîtrise de Radio France
L’Orchestre national de France

BBC Proms


Royal Albert Hall
John Eliot Gardiner, conductor

Les Troyens


Wiener Staatsoper
Alain Altinoglu, conductor


Philadelphia, PA

The Philadelphia Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor

WAGNER: Prelude to Act I of Lohengrin
BATES: Anthology of Fantastic Zoology
CHAUSSON: Poème de l’amour et de la mer, for voice and orchestra
RESPIGHI: The Fountains of Rome


New York, NY

Carnegie Hall
The Philadelphia Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Music Director and Conductor



Opéra Royal de Wallonie
Paolo Arrivabeni, conductor

Maria Stuarda


Théâtre des Champs-Elysées
Speranza Scappucci, conductor


Kansas City, MO

Folly Theater
Harriman Jewell Series
Yannick Nézet-Séquin, piano


Ann Arbor, MI

University of Michigan
Hill Auditorium
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, piano

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There will always be more freedom to acquire and more truth to uncover.

~ Joyce DiDonato