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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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Juilliard Master Class now available on medici.tv

Watch via medici.tv: Joyce DiDonato is celebrated as one of the most talented and transformative artists in the classical music scene, and her performances and master classes are regularly webcast on medici.tv. Here DiDonato presents a master class featuring artists from the Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts, from The Juilliard School’s Paul Hall in New York City. Singers Nicole Thomas, Tamara Banjesevic, Joshua Blue, and Felicia Moore present selected arias from operas by Strauss, Handel, Bellini, Verdi, Donizetti, and Mozart.

 

‘Semiramide’ at the Royal Opera House

This season, Rossini’s powerful and poignant Semiramide will be seen on the Royal Opera House stage for the first time, with Joyce DiDonato in the title role. With performances from November 19 through December 16, London audiences will have the opportunity to see Ms. DiDonato’s unforgettable portrayal of the tragically fated ruler, which she debuted last season at the Bayerische Staatsoper to great acclaim:

“Her vocal performance was brilliant, marked by a wonderful legato and sparkling coloratura – every asset of a true bel canto artist.” (Bachtrack)

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Juilliard Master Class – Live Stream

All Classes Live Streamed at juilliard.edu/live and available in delayed streaming at medici.tv (Juilliard Press Release)

Juilliard will present a series of live-streamed master classes this season with special guests, pianists Murray Perahia on Thursday, October 12, 2017, at 6pm in Paul Hall and András Schiff on Monday, October 16, 2017, at 4pm in Paul Hall; mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, at 4pm in Paul Hall; and conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin on Friday, January 26, 2018, at 4pm in Paul Hall. Juilliard musicians will have the opportunity to work with these distinguished artists during master classes, which are open to the public. Free tickets are available at juilliard.edu/calendar.

All classes will be live streamed at Juilliard.edu/live and available in delayed streaming at medici.tv.  The medici.tv broadcast dates are October 20 at 6pm (CET) for András Schiff; October 21 at 6pm (CET) for Joyce DiDonato; and October 22 at 6pm (CET) for Murray Perahia.

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“DiDonato provides the sparks” in new ‘Norma’ at The Met

“Her partner for many of those duets was Joyce DiDonato, whose performance as the romantic rival Adalgisa provided yet more evidence–as if we needed any–of her status as a supreme bel canto stylist. Her technique as firm as bedrock, she built a gripping character on her fiery vocal interpretation. Her confession to Norma in the Act I duet “Sola, furtiva al tempio” showed palpable sorrow, and a special urgency, as she sang every word as though it were the most important in the libretto.”

Eric C. Simpson, New York Classical Review

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Primephonic Interview

From a small city in the suburbs of Kansas City to some of the world’s most prestigious music venues and stages: looking back, what have been the major challenges involved in this meteoric rise to fame and change of perspective?

An enormous challenge has been to manage the exhaustive travel and a life with very few roots in place.  But once I learned to embrace the lifestyle rather than battle with it, things fell into a very good rhythm and I can say that I really enjoy this life that brings to many surprising moments to me. More

New production of ‘Norma’ at The Metropolitan Opera

Joyce DiDonato’s 2017/18 season launches in New York City, where she will star as Adalgisa in a new production of Bellini’s Norma at The Metropolitan Opera. The performances, which also open The Met’s season, take place September 25 & 28 and October 3, 7, 11, 16 & 20. Sondra Radvanovsky sings the title role, with Marina Rebeka in the last two performances, and tenor Joseph Calleja sings Pollione. Carlo Rizzi conducts the Met Opera Orchestra for all dates, with a spectacular staging from Sir David McVicar. Ms. DiDonato returns to the Met stage later in the season, to sing the title role in Massenet’s Cendrillon.

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Season-opening concert with Tivoli Copenhagen Phil

Joyce DiDonato travels to Denmark in September, for an open-air concert event with the Tivoli Copenhagen Phil, hosted at the Plænen on September 9. The day features a series of fun and engaging events at the venue, capped off with Ms. DiDonato and the Phil’s performance at 9pm. Admission to the performance is included with a ticket purchase to the Tivoli Gardens; the evening serves as the festive and celebratory opening concert of the Tivoli Copenhagen Phil’s performance season.

Joyce DiDonato performs with refugee children in Greece

The opera singer has been working with El Sistema Greece on workshops with refugee children from countries including Afghanistan and Syria: ‘El Sistema is building a cultural revolution here, through music education.’

Joyce DiDonato is one of the world’s greatest opera singers and she’s been lending her star power to a music education project working with refugee children in Greece.

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Shortlist for Gramophone Awards 2017 revealed

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The shortlist for the 40th Gramophone Awards includes mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, pianists Murray Perahia and Daniil Trifonov, Masaaki Suzuki and his Bach Collegium and Glyndebourne Opera. This year the Gramophone Awards is marking its 40th anniversary, and today the shortlist for the 2017 awards has been unveiled.

The nominees include mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato for her album In War and Peace, pianist Murray Perahia for his recording of J.S. Bach’s French Suites and the LSO – Classic FM’s Orchestra in the City of London – for a recording of works by Thomas Adès, conducted by the composer himself.

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~ Joyce DiDonato