“The world needs you. Now, the world may not exactly realize it, but wow, does it need you. It is yearning, starving, dying for you and your healing offer of service through your Art. We need you to help us understand that which is bigger than ourselves, so that we can stop feeling so small, so isolated, so helpless that, in our fear, we stop contributing that which is unique to us: that distinct, rare, individual quality which the world is desperately crying out for and eagerly awaiting. We need you to remind us what unbridled, unfiltered, childlike exuberance feels like, so we remember, without apology or disclaimer, to laugh, to play, to FLY and to stop taking EVERYTHING so damn seriously.”
A highly anticipated DVD, now available for pre-order via Amazon, of Joyce DiDonato’s performance of In War & Peace at Gran Teatre del Liceu will be released internationally on April 6.
The project In War & Peace: Harmony through Music has taken Joyce DiDonato, conductor Maxim Emelyanychev and Il Pomo d’Oro to cities all over the United States and Europe, eliciting intense emotions from the audience and receiving rave reviews from the critics. Opera News described her concert at Carnegie Hall as “breathtaking music making by DiDonato and Il Pomo d’Oro.”
This project was created as Joyce’s reaction to the terror attack in Paris in November 2015, when she felt the need to respond to the world around her with music, with the hope to bring comfort not only to herself, but also the audience.
She’s taken her craft from Barcelona to Beijing, but this weekend Joyce DiDonato will grace a stage much closer to home.
Before the Grammy-winning mezzo-soprano brings the music of Leonard Bernstein and Hector Berlioz to life at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, we sat down for a wide-ranging conversation on KCUR’s Up To Date. We talked about the kindlings of her now red-hot career, an upcoming tour to Moscow, and recent student protests that have captured the nation’s attention.
Joyce DiDonato presents a recital and public master class on campus at the University of Connecticut, hosted as part of the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts’ 2017/18 visiting artist series. Ms. DiDonato performs on March 20 with a programme featuring works by Luna, Ravel, Massenet, Granados, and Rossini, as well as a selection of songs arranged by pianist Craig Terry. On March 21 Joyce holds a master class featuring students and alumni from UConn, also held at the Jorgensen, which is free and open to the public.
The Lullaby Project pairs pregnant women and new mothers with professional artists to write and sing personal lullabies for their babies, supporting maternal health, aiding child development, and strengthening the bond between parent and child. In New York City, the project reaches mothers in hospitals, homeless shelters, schools, and at Rikers Island Correctional Facility. Extending across the country and through several international pilot programs, the Lullaby Project enables partner organizations to support families in their own communities.
This year’s “Glashütte Original MusicFestivalAward” goes to Joyce DiDonato from the USA. In her programs, the internationally acclaimed opera singer conveys universal messages in favor of peace and humanism, and she is privately involved in diverse social projects. The 2018 award is offered for the 15th time by the Saxon watch manufactory Glashütte Original and will be presented on May 28, 2018 on the occasion of Joyce DiDonato’s performance at the Dresden Kulturpalast.
Considering that Joyce DiDonato is one of the world’s most glamorous opera stars, I initially feel short‑changed by the petite figure who sits opposite me in an overly bright meeting room in the bowels of the Royal Opera House. It’s a crisp, cold day and she is hugging herself tightly in a white woollen polo neck, sharp-featured but unassuming. And then she opens her mouth, not to sing, alas, but to hold forth about the state of the world, her famous Kansas drawl only slightly softened by years of travelling.
“Joyce DiDonato is superb as Sister Helen Prejean … Even listening to DiDonato’s 2012 recording with Houston Grand Opera, it is the human drama that hooks us in. (Her latest album, Great Scott, also by Heggie and McNally, indicates her loyalty to their work.) Heggie writes generously, if traditionally, for the voice. Pouring her heart out at top volume, DiDonato sounded as if she could have gone on effortlessly for a good few hours more.”
In the February 2018 edition of Opera Now, Joyce DiDonato discusses her starring role in Jake Heggie’s Great Scott, a new opera full of vocal pyrotechnics and chiaroscuro shifts in emotion that explore every aspect of her artistry. Download your copy at the following link!