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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.”

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Great Performances at the Met – PBS Broadcast: Bellini’s ‘Norma’

PBS.org: Season 12 of Great Performances at the Met begins with a new production of Bellini’s masterpiece about a woman scorned, conducted by Carlo RizziNorma stars Sondra Radvanovsky as the titlular druid high priestess, opposite Joyce DiDonato as Norma’s new rival and Joseph Calleja as her unfaithful lover – a casting dream for bel canto fans.

Premieres nationwide Friday, January 26 at 9 p.m. on PBS
Encore presentation Sunday, January 28 at 12 p.m. on PBS (check local listings)

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‘Dead Man Walking’ in Spain and England

In her first operatic engagement of 2018, Joyce DiDonato brings her signature portrayal of Sister Helen Prejean in Jake Heggie’s emotionally gripping work Dead Man Walking to premiere venues in Madrid and London. She previously starred in the role to tremendous acclaim at Houston Grand Opera:

… her extraordinary mix of vibrancy, gravity and exacting nuance amounted to a portrayal that easily ranked with her finest work.” (The New York Times)

Ms. DiDonato can be seen as Sister Helen from January 26 – February 9 in the premiere performances of the piece at the Teatro Real, with Michael Mayes as Joseph DeRocher and Maria Zifchak as Mrs. DeRocher. Mark Wigglesworth leads the Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Real for these performances, which feature a production by Leonard Foglia originally seen at New York City Opera and Houston Grand Opera. The cast and Maestro Wiggleworth then travel to London, for a semi-staged performance of the work at the Barbican on February 20 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers, and Finchley Children’s Music Group. The event, which is the UK premiere of Dead Man Walking, is featured as part of the venue’s series “The Art of Change” which explores the ways artists reflect on, respond to and inspire and effect change in the world.

Purchase the audio recording of Dead Man Walking from Houston Grand Opera via iTunes or Amazon.

“Listen for” on Radio 3: Joyce DiDonato and the Great American Songbook

Joyce DiDonato dips into the Great American Songbook to select some gems from the American repertoire. Her programme includes less well-known composers alongside the better-known numbers, with works by William Grant Still, Amy Beach, Ruth Crawford Seeger, Charles Griffes and Philip Glass rubbing shoulders with favourites by Jerome Kern, Duke Ellington, Harold Arlen, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin.

Listen next Thursday at 1pm, London Time, via BBC Radio 3

New Year’s Concerts in Berlin

Joyce DiDonato joins Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic for extraordinary evenings of music on December 29, 30 & 31, ringing in the new year with classic and contemporary favorites. The event will broadcast LIVE into cinemas worldwide on December 31; visit the following link to locate your nearest theater or click here to watch via the Phil’s Digital Concert Hall.

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“Best of 2017” Highlights

The Guardian – 10 Best Performances

Semiramide: Royal Opera House
Grand opera in grand style, with the grandest of divas, Joyce DiDonato.

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WhatsOnStage Opera Poll 2018

WhatsOnStage.com

Joyce DiDonato has been nominated in WhatsOnStage’s Opera Poll in the “Outstanding Achievement in an Operatic Role” category, for her spectacular portrayal of the title role in Rossini’s Semiramide at the Royal Opera House. Place your votes at WhatsOnStage.com by December 29!

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BBC Radio 3: In Tune with Joyce DiDonato, Antonio Pappano and John Nelson

This BBC Radio 3 interview with Sean Rafferty features Antonio Pappano, talking about his upcoming date with the London Symphony Orchestra, and also the Royal Opera House production of Semiramide with Joyce DiDonato. Joyce also talks about the recent release of Les Troyens alongside conductor John Nelson.

It will only be available online until December 23.

Click here to listen.

medici.tv live stream of ‘Les Troyens’ – In Conversation

Tune in on Sunday, November 26 at 4:30pm GMT / 11:30am ET for a medici.tv live stream featuring Maestro John Nelson, Joyce DiDonato, and tenor Michael Spyres “In Conversation” about their recent Warner Classics / Erato release of Berlioz’ epic Les Troyens. The event will be hosted by James Jolly, Editor-in-Chief of Gramophone Magazine. Watch online via the following link.

Tickets for the event are available from Foyles.co.uk

The Sunday Times: ‘Oh, I stand up for myself. I don’t give away my power easily’

The Sunday Times
by Richard Morrison
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Most singers would regard singing the title role in Rossini’s Semiramide as one of the supreme challenges of their lives. The opera is a massive political drama — think House of Cards set in ancient Babylon — and the part of the conflicted queen as demanding, vocally and dramatically, as anything in opera before Verdi and Wagner.

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~ Joyce DiDonato