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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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The Daily Telegraph: ‘How can we claim opera isn’t political?’

Considering that Joyce DiDonato is one of the world’s most glamorous opera stars, I initially feel short‑changed by the petite figure who sits opposite me in an overly bright meeting room in the bowels of the Royal Opera House. It’s a crisp, cold day and she is hugging herself tightly in a white woollen polo neck, sharp-featured but unassuming. And then she opens her mouth, not to sing, alas, but to hold forth about the state of the world, her famous Kansas drawl only slightly softened by years of travelling.

Read the rest of the interview via The Daily Telegraph or view the PDF

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.

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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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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

Joyce DiDonato interview: ‘We need music to fill us with courage, not doom’

The Telegraph
by Rupert Christiansen
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The world’s problems are manifold. But, mezzo star Joyce DiDonato tells Rupert Christiansen, if we listen carefully opera can help us solve them

Joyce DiDonato is in her prime. A beautiful, vivacious mezzo-soprano from Kansas City, the 47-year-old has dazzled at the Last Night of the Proms, won a brace of awards for her recordings, enjoyed standing ovations everywhere from Carnegie Hall to Covent Garden and sent critics scrabbling for superlatives. The only way from such an eminence is down, so it’s fortunate that hers is not a head that is easily turned or distracted.

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“Sentits”. Joyce DiDonato: “Al Liceu t’has de guanyar l’aplaudiment del públic a cada representació”

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Entrevistem la mezzosoprano nord-americana Joyce DiDonato, que aquests dies representa el paper de Romeu al Liceu, en l’òpera de Bellini ‘I Capuleti e i Montecchi’. La cantant, que té casa a Barcelona, troba que hi ha massa turistes a la capital catalana.

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Joyce DiDonato: “Hay algo muy especial en llegar finalmente a Perú”

Ópera Perú

Desde que inició su carrera hace década y media, Joyce DiDonato, la mezzosoprano de Kansas que ha alcanzado la cima de la lírica, no pierde esa esencia de chica sencilla de un pequeño pueblo. Su personalidad es su mayor atractivo, esa forma de comunicarse directamente con su audiencia a través de las redes, y conduciendo las famosas transmisiones en vivo desde el Met. Además de haberlas protagonizado muchas veces. DiDonato hoy es una de las mezzosopranos mas fascinantes del mundo y el éxito en ventas de sus grabaciones, así como sus roles protagónicos en los grandes teatros lo reflejan.

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Interview: Diva des Experiments

Oper! Das Magazin
by Tomasz Kurianowicz
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Joyce DiDonato ist nicht nur eine der besten Mezzo-Sopranistinnen der Welt, sondern auch eine engagierte Person: Sie kämpft für Schwulenrechte, wirbt für unbekannte Opernwerke und unterstützt junge Künstler beim Durchbruch. OPER! hat sie verraten, warum sie trotzdem an ihrer Arbeit zweifelt, wie schwer die Anfänge waren und was der Preis des Erfolgs ist.

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Leaving Athens with the fullest of hearts, having met these extraordinary - and I do mean EXTRAORDINARY - young men in Athens. They played and sang for me and with me, along with many other beautiful young people, and they deserve every single opportunity in the world. Thank you, boys, for bringing such beauty, joy, love, and peace to me! We will meet again! @alabrasabdullah @pouya.pouya.372 @vic_palazzo2004 #skaramagascamp @elsistemagreece

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Beautiful #Istanbul memories from this mystical city. Thank you so much for the truly unforgettable experience last night......leaving with a very full heart. #TalkPeace #DoPeace #BePeace @ilpdo

“Savasta ve Barista” So happy to bring our project to the 6th C. #HagiaEireneMuseum in #Istanbul. #TalkPeace #DoPeace #BePeace

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A big thank you to the #Halle #HandelFestival for the wonderful reception and for granting me the #HandelPreis2018. It was deeply moving to be in the birthplace of a composer who has given me countless gifts as an artist, surrounded by so many people working to keep his legacy alive and thriving. It was an evening I’ll never forget. 📸 @ralfpleger

The majesty of the #Dresden #Frauenkirche ....

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Bon Dia, World!!! Back on tour from today with #inwarandpeace, ready to pick up our quest for harmony!! @fcgulbenkian @ilpdo #vivaportugal #TalkPeace #DoPeace #BePeace

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There will always be more freedom to acquire and more truth to uncover.

~ Joyce DiDonato