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European Tour of Handel’s ‘Agrippina’ with Il Pomo d’Oro

This month, Joyce DiDonato stars in concert performances of Handel’s Agrippina with her longtime collaborators, Il Pomo d’Oro and conductor Maxim Emelyanychev. Based on the life of the mother of Roman emperor Nero, Ms. DiDonato sings the title role, sharing the stage with her esteemed colleagues including Luca Pisaroni as Claudio, Elsa Benoit as Poppea, Xavier Sabata as Ottone, […]

Berlioz’s ‘La Mort de Cléopâtre’ with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Joyce DiDonato returns to Chicago to perform with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Riccardo Muti on May 2, 4 & 7 in Orchestra Hall and on May 3 at Wheaton College, as part of the CSO’s annual series of concerts in the institution’s 2,357-seat Edman Memorial Chapel. Following her performances of Berlioz’s La […]

A return to Strasbourg for Berlioz’s ‘La damnation de Faust’

This spring, Joyce DiDonato returns to Strasbourg for two concert performances of Berlioz’s La damnation de Faust, under the baton of John Nelson. In April 2017, Joyce sang two concert performances of Berlioz’s Les Troyens in Strasbourg, led by Mr. Nelson who is a renowned master of Berlioz’s music, with the Orchestre philharmonique de Strasbourg […]

Joyce returns to Carnegie Hall for her exceptional masterclass series

In between her performances as Sesto in Clemenza di Tito at the Metropolitan Opera, Joyce DiDonato returns to Carnegie Hall for her exceptional masterclass series in which she shares her performing experience and extensive knowledge of the opera repertoire with four talented young artists. Over the course of three days, Ms. DiDonato will work with […]

Joyce DiDonato sings Sesto at the Metropolitan Opera for the first time

On March 30 & April 3, 6, 11, 16 & 20, Joyce DiDonato stars as Sesto in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito at the Metropolitan Opera. A signature role for Ms. DiDonato, this will be her first time singing the role at the Met. Joyce will share the stage with star studded roster of artists […]

San Francisco Classical Voice: Joyce DiDonato Mingles Genres in Songplay

San Francisco Classical Voice Internationally acclaimed and multiple Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato is a master when it comes to mixing it up musically. Known for her flawless conveyance of bel canto music, technical agility, and her ability to thoroughly inhabit her roles on opera stages worldwide, she has never limited herself to one particular […]

The Telegraph: My life in travel

The Telegraph The mezzo-soprano recommends Kansas City’s best speakeasy and recalls a trip involving a night bus and a chicken I SPEND MORE TIME ON TOUR than I do at home. It’s pretty tiring but you get to visit so many places in such quick succession. Last year I toured for 10 months: in three […]

Joyce DiDonato tours ‘Songplay’ across the United States with Craig Terry

Joyce DiDonato’s new album, Songplay, released worldwide on February 1 by Erato, will tour across the country from February 18 to March 4. A program that showcases her playful side with songs from her recent recording, Joyce and a versatile five-piece ensemble of drums, bass, bandoneon, and trumpet, led by pianist and arranger Craig Terry, gather for performances of […]

Joyce DiDonato is Carnegie Hall’s 2019–2020 Perspectives Artist

Carnegie Hall Joyce DiDonato is a multi–Grammy Award winner; a dazzling star of the concert, recital, and operatic stages; as well as a passionate advocate for the arts. Praised for her “melting tone and natural richness” (The New York Times), her remarkable musicianship, effervescent personality, and generous spirit make her a beloved performer. DiDonato returns to […]

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TONIGHT we bring our #Agrippina to the @liceu_opera_barcelona for 3.75 hours of scheming da capos!! No puc esperar!!!! #elpoderabsolutcorrompeabsolutament #totiaixíaquestsrecitatius #diversíoperversa Photo: Javier Del Real @ilpdo

Close up of the print on my Agrippina Dress! I found the silk in #Shanghai and knew it was for this aspiring, conquering Handelian Roman!!! #dragonsandbuildingsandsilkohmy #abdolutepowercorruptsABSOLUTELY #norestforthewicked #rulersareyoutakingnote??

Last night I had the great, wicked joy of debuting the role of Agrippina with my beloved Il "Pomo d'Oro" orchestra and a wonderful cast. It’s going to be great fun getting to know her more and more ... not a moral fiber to be found in her!!!! Reminds me of a few people presently in power, no?? #absolutepowercorruptsABSOLUTELY #motheroftheyear #wheresmythrone #whatdoesagirlhavetodotogetacrown #thoserecitsthough 📸: @catecool

When I first flirted with the idea of taking on #Agrippina, it was asked of me, “But you do know she’s quite wicked, right?” Oh yes. I know. A new tour begins NOW with an extraordinary cast and my beloved partners Il Pomo d’oro with Maxim Emelyanychev at the helm. Between our limited 5-city tour, we are RECORDING!! • Handel: AGRIPPINA Luxembourg City • Madrid • Barcelona • Paris • London Il "Pomo d'Oro" orchestra @ilpdo @maxim_emelyanychev, harpsichord/director • Joyce DiDonato - Agrippina @LucaPisaroni - Claudio @elsabenoitsoprano - Poppea @xaviersabata - Ottone / Giunone Franco Fagioli- Nerone @andrewmastroni - Pallante @carlo.vistoli - Narciso Biagio Pizzuti - Lesbo • #BacktoHandel #Wicked #absolutepowercorruptsabsolutely #ihavealwaysbraggedabouthowmuchiloverecitative #timetoputmymoneywheremymouthis #HIGHDRAMA #handel @philharmonie_lux @teatro_real @liceu_opera_barcelona @theatre_champs_elysees @barbicancentre @askonasholt STYLING: @vitatzykun PHOTO: @chrissingerme

“I left my heart ... in Windy Chi-Town...” Aside from the glorious music making with the astonishing, treasured @chicagosymphony, it was this day at the Warrenville Juvenile Detention Center that stole my heart. I applaud the CSO and Maestro Muti for their commitment to bring their music to these beautiful kids, and I was deeply honored to sing for them. Seeing tears come to their eyes as they experienced Mozart first hand was simply life-affirming. As the beautiful girl in the yellow shirt told me afterwards as tears spilled from her eyes, “I don’t know what happened to me, but it feels like all of the anguish I’ve ever felt in my life came pouring out of that music.” Let’s not EVER underestimate the need for human connection in these kids’ lives. In a broken system and an often broken world, music and the arts are a bonafide, VITAL part of healing. How can you help? Photos: @toddrphoto

Can you #HANDEL the #glamour? You know you can’t!!! 🤓 Hotel room studying, people. It’s real, it’s thrilling, and it’s my most favorite thing everrrrrrrrrrrrr. [srcsm] #sheisNOTplayingaround #anythingforthethrone #andstillshepersisted #couldthereBEmorerecitative? #no #notherecouldnot #justtakethethronealready #GOTagrippinastyle #absolutepowerblahblah #historySUREDOESrepeat #andstill ... #thisroleisEPIC

Getting my Cléopâtre on! What a JOY to be back on stage with the singular @chicagosymphony making extraordinary music together. I’m so glad to be here.

I am thrilled to remain in the gorgeous world of Berlioz a while longer and look forward to singing his poignant cantata La Mort de Cléopâtre with the brilliant Chicago Symphony Orchestra​ and Maestro Riccardo Muti​ this week! May 2, 4 & 7: Orchestra Hall May 3: Wheaton College​ @chicagosymphony @riccardomutimusic Photo: Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune

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