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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.”

Read the entire speech here.

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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Joyce DiDonato stars as ‘Cendrillon’ at The Metropolitan Opera

This spring at The Metropolitan Opera, audiences can enjoy Massenet’s Cendrillon for the first time ever on the Met stage, with Joyce DiDonato in the title role. The whimsical staging, directed by Laurent Pelly, comes to life April 12 through May 11. Alice Coote sings Le Prince Charmant, Stephanie Blythe is Madame de la Haltière, Laurent Naouri is Pandolfe, and Kathleen Kim sings La Fée. Bertrand de Billy conducts the Met Opera Orchestra for all performances. On April 28 international audiences can enjoy Cendrillon via a Met Opera Live in HD cinema broadcast.

A DVD of this production from Royal Opera House is available for purchase via Warner Classics.

Upcoming DVD for “In War and Peace – Harmony Through Music”

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.

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Prairie Village’s Joyce DiDonato Brings Power Of Music To Moscow, Sing Sing And Kauffman Center

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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.

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UConn Recital & Master Class

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.

Upcoming CD release for the Lullaby Project

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.

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Joyce DiDonato is the recipient of the 2018 “Glashütte Original MusicFestivalAward”

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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.

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~ Joyce DiDonato