“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


In War and Peace


Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden
Maxim Emelyanychev, musical director
Il Pomo d’Oro

In War and Peace


Maxim Emelyanychev, musical director
Il Pomo d’Oro

In War and Peace


In War and Peace


Kulturpalast Dresden
Maxim Emelyanychev, musical director
Il Pomo d’Oro

In War and Peace


Elbphilharmonie Hamburg
Maxim Emelyanychev, musical director
Il Pomo d’Oro

In War and Peace


Hagia Irene
Maxim Emelyanychev, musical director
Il Pomo d’Oro



Royal Opera House
Antonio Pappano, piano

Jubilee concert


Rotterdam Philarmonic
Rotterdam Philarmonic Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor

HÄNDEL: Svegliatevi nel core, Scherza infida
MOZART: Parto, parto, Symphony no. 35 ‘Haffner’
BOCCHERINI/BERIO: Ritirata notturna di Madrid
BELLINI: Dopo l’oscuro nembo
ROSSINI: Una voce poco fa
RESPIGHI: Pini di Roma

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Gala Concert


Brucknerhaus Linz
Munich Symphony Orchestra
Sascha Goetzel, conductor

PACINI: Ove t’aggiri, o barbaro”
CARAFA: Oh, di sorte crudel
MOZART: Deh vieni
ROSSINI: Una voce poco fa
BERLIOZ: Je vais mourir, Adieu, fière cité
ROSSINI: Tanti affetti in tal momento

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11 hours ago

We will remember it, as well!!

11 hours ago

Thank you, Nicola!

11 hours ago

Thank you so much, Steffi. We are so happy it was such a profound experience for you.

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