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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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The Florence Foster Jenkins Story now available on Amazon Prime

To celebrate the 150th birthday of Florence Foster Jenkins on July 19, the drama/documentary The Florence Foster Jenkins Story, directed by Ralf Pleger and starring Joyce DiDonato, is now available on Amazon Prime UK and Amazon Prime USA.

Return to the ‘Concert de Paris’ to celebrate Bastille Day

On July 14, Joyce DiDonato returns to Paris for the sixth annual ‘Concert de Paris’ to celebrate Bastille Day. DiDonato was previously featured in the concert in 2015 and is thrilled to perform in the momentous occasion once again. Under the direction of François-Xavier Roth, the Orchestre National de France, and the Radio France Chorus will take the stage with celebrated artists including Aida Garifullina, Patricia Petibon, Philippe Jaroussky, Matthias Goerne, Sarah and Deborah Nemtanu, Renaud Capuçon, and Khatia Buniatishvili. The concert is free to the public and will take place at the feet of the Eiffel Tower in the Champ-de-Mars.

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Deutsche Grammophon ‘La Clemenza di Tito’ Album Release July 6

On July 6 Deutsche Grammophon releases their fifth album in a series of seven Mozart operas conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. The illustrious cast of La Clemenza di Tito includes Joyce DiDonato as Sesto, Rolando Villazón as Tito, Marina Rebeka as Vitellia, Tara Erraught as Annio, Regula Mühlemann as Servilia, and Adam Plachetka is Publio. Recorded with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in the FestspielhausBaden-Baden , Mozart’s last opera is filled with vengeance and forgiveness. The album is now available for pre-order.

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Munich Symphony Orchestra Gala Concert with Joyce DiDonato

During her ‘In War and Peace’ tour throughout Europe, Joyce DiDonato will travel to Linz for a performance with the Munich Symphony Orchestra in celebration of their gala concert. On June 15, under the baton of Sascha Goetzel, the program will include favorite arias by Mozart, Rossini, Berlioz, as well as lesser known gems by Pacini and Carafa.

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“War and Peace – Harmony through Music” Features

Enjoy a few German features about Joyce DiDonato’s  “War and Peace” tour below.

The last three performances of the tour are on  June 17  at the Philharmonie im Gasteig in Munich, June 19 at the Béla Bartók National Concert Hall in Budapest, and June 22 at the Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center in Athens.

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Rotterdam Philharmonic Jubilee Concert – Medici.tv Broadcast on June 9

Joyce DiDonato celebrates the centennial of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra at their Jubilee Concert on June 9 and 10 at the Grote zaal, de Doelen in the Netherlands. This marks Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s last concert as music director of the RPhO and he will be joined by Joyce for a night of stunning music. An important milestone for this world-class orchestra, the group formed in 1918 as the “Society of Professional Musicians for Mutual Cultivation of the Arts” in Rotterdam. The program will begin with DiDonato’s prized arias by Händel, Mozart, Bellini, and Rossini, and will also include Mozart’s ‘Haffner’ Symphony, Boccherini/Berio’s Ritirata notturna di Madrid, and Respighi’s Pini di Roma.

Listen to a LIVE broadcast of the event on Saturday June 9, 2018 from Medici.tv at 2:15 PM (EDT) via the following link.

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“In War & Peace” European Tour

Joyce DiDonato reunites with her long-time collaborators, conductor Maxim Emelyanychev and his Italian Baroque ensemble, Il Pomo d’Oro, for the “In War & Peace – Harmony Through Music” album tour throughout Europe (program now available for purchase on CD/DVD). The conductor and ensemble were vital to the recording of DiDonato’s award-winning album, which was released in 2016. The program will feature arias and instrumental works by Handel, Purcell, Emilio de’Cavalieri, Gesualdo, and Arvo Pärt.

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Fundraiser for Time In Kids on April 26 in NYC

Mezzo-sopranos Joyce DiDonato and Alice Coote, along with pianist Bryan Wagorn, will lend their talents to support the construction of a new arts center for Time In Kids on April 26 in New York City. Purchase tickets for the event via the following link.

Learn more about Time In and their extraordinary work below.

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Independent: Joyce DiDonato’s Cinderella Story

Born and raised in Prairie Village, Kansas, Metropolitan Opera superstar Joyce DiDonato, who will give a recital at the Granada on Sunday, April 15, took an unusual route to the pinnacle of success she has reached in recent years. The mezzo-soprano was not discovered at an early age like some of her contemporaries, but rather had to struggle to find representation and only gained widespread recognition after arduous years of apprenticeship — first as a student at Wichita State and then as a member of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, a development program for young singers. As she told the New York Times’ Matthew Gurewitsch in 2010, in those days she felt challenged, saying that “I placed in competitions, but I never won …. I remember thinking in those years: ‘No one is going to hand this career to me.’”

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~ Joyce DiDonato