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“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

2018

Great Performances at the Met: Norma

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Dead Man Walking

Madrid

Teatro Real
Mark Wigglesworth, conductor

Dead Man Walking

London

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

HEGGIE: Dead Man Walking (UK Premiere)
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Cendrillon

New York City

The Metropolitan Opera
Bertrand de Billy, conductor

Master Class

New York City

Carnegie Hall
Resnick Education Wing

Cendrillon

New York City

The Metropolitan Opera
Bertrand de Billy, conductor

In War and Peace

Lisbon

Gulbenkian Música
Maxim Emelyanychev, musical director
Il Pomo d’Oro

In War and Peace

Wiesbaden

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

In War and Peace

Halle

Händelhaus
Maxim Emelyanychev, musical director
Il Pomo d’Oro

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