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‘Ariodante’ in Concert – medici.tv broadcast from Carnegie Hall

Joyce DiDonato’s April 30 concert performance of Ariodante at Carnegie Hall will receive a live online broadcast via medici.tv. Harry Bicket leads The English Concert for this event, part of a multi-city US tour, with a cast that includes Christiane Karg as Ginevra, Mary Bevan as Dalinda, and David Portillo as Lurcanio. Tune in on April 30 at 2pm for this not-to-be-missed broadcast!

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“Joyce !” – france musique

france musique – Lirico Spinto
By Stéphane Grant
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“She is the super diva of our time! Joyce DiDonato has just triumphed in Les Troyens in Strasbourg – nothing escapes her: from a repertoire that goes from Monteverdi to contemporary creation; and the battles of our time, the American mezzo is a committed artist, and unique …”

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Berlioz’ ‘Les Troyens’ in Strasbourg

“With Didon, Joyce DiDonato continues the exploration of the great roles of the French repertoire recently initiated with Charlotte in Werther … Faced with this recent challenge, the singer finds unknown expressive resources, using changes of timbre to express the horrors in which the Queen of Carthage struggled. The abandoned woman then converses with the outraged queen in a scene of epic grandeur …”

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Cancellation of European performances of Ariodante

It is with deep regret that Joyce DiDonato has announced that she will not be able to participate in the European performances of Ariodante with Harry Bicket and The English Concert due to a medical procedure. She is immensely sorry to disappoint her fans and admirers but is hugely grateful to the wonderful Alice Coote for stepping in for the European concerts, and to Harry Bicket and The English Concert for their support and understanding. Joyce is looking forward to singing the American tour dates.

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Handel’s ‘Ariodante’ on tour throughout the US

Starring in the title role of Handel’s Ariodante, Joyce DiDonato joins conductor Harry Bicket, The English Concert, and a spectacular roster of singers for an international tour at some of Europe and the United States’ most acclaimed venues.

The tour begins at the University of Michigan’s Hill Auditorium (April 25), followed by performances at Kansas City’s Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts (April 28), New York’s Carnegie Hall (April 30), and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. (May 2).

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“Joyce DiDonato, Queen of the Night in Geneva!” (Bachtrack)

“Champagne and yes more champagne were needed to mark the 30th anniversary of the Circle of the Grand Theater of Geneva! Indeed, the performance of the American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato would be breathtaking: sumptuousness of the timbre, sublime phrasing, vocally superlative and nevertheless without surprise, not preventing in any way a salutary relaxation, a simple and direct relation with the public, a generosity even in how to speak to us about the troubled times we are going through and the mistakes of humanity … a Diva yes, but committed.”

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Role debut as Didon in Berlioz’ ‘Les Troyens’

Joyce DiDonato makes her greatly anticipated debut as Didon, Queen of Carthage, in two concert performances of Berlioz’ Les Troyens at the PMC Salle Érasme in Strasbourg. Maestro John Nelson leads the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg for these concerts, hosted on April 15 & 17, which will be recorded for a future album release. The starry cast also features tenor Michael Spyres as Énée, Marie-Nicole Lemieux as Cassandre, and Stéphane Degout sings Chorèbe.

For more information visit the Philharmonique online.

Joyce DiDonato is “regal” and “riveting” in role debut as Semiramide

“On February 12, at the first evening of its new Semiramide production in the Nationaltheater, Bavarian State Opera proved itself more than equal to the challenge of finding an ideal cast for a work that depends on the virtuosity of its singers for its success. Joyce DiDonato’s enormous talent is unparalleled in today’s opera world; she has the allure of a true diva without the baggage associated with that word. Her regal bearing spoke volumes, her emotional involvement in the title role was riveting and her brilliant coloratura took one’s breath away. DiDonato’s “Bel raggio lusinghier” brought down the house in Act I, and she amazed and stupefied her audience throughout the entire evening.”

Jeffrey A. Leipsic – Opera News

 

“Her interpretation was extremely dramatic and intense. Hers is a troubled, broken queen, whose old crime (her husband’s murder) has marked her whole existence. She hopes against all odds to find happiness by marrying the young warrior Arsace, only to be hurled into the middle of a Freudian nightmare (Arsace turns out to be her son). Her vocal performance was brilliant, marked by a wonderful legato and sparkling coloratura – every asset of a true bel canto artist.”

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Role debut as ‘Semiramide’ in Munich

Joyce DiDonato begins the New Year with a greatly anticipated debut, in the title role of Rossini’s Semiramide. She sings the role at Munich’s Bayerische Staatsoper in a new production by David Alden, on February 12, 15, 18, 23 & 26 and March 3. Ms. DiDonato will also reprise her portrayal as part of the venue’s summer Opernfestspiele, with additional performances on July 21 & 24. Please note the February 12 & 18 dates are now sold-out, with limited tickets remaining for all other shows; the premiere will also receive a live broadcast via BR-Klassik, and the February 26 performance will be streamed LIVE via Staatsoper.tv.

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