Interviews

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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Joyce DiDonato and Rufus Wainwright wax lyrical on opera

Warner Classics

It was only a matter of time before these two got together in a room to talk about their artform: mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato and composer/singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright met this week at New York City’s SubCulture venue to host a discussion about opera and music, art and life…And everything in between.

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WCLV Classical Interview

WCLV
by Angela Mitchell

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato has just been nominated for the Grammy for best classical solo vocal performance for “Joyce & Tony: Live at Wigmore Hall,” her new release with conductor-pianist Anthony Pappano. She also stars as Elena in the Metropolitan Opera’s production of La Donna del Lago by Rossini, this Saturday’s Met Radio Broadcast at 1:00 p.m. She spoke with WCLV’s Angela Mitchell about these two projects, her love of sharing opera with the next generation, singing the national anthem at the World Series, and lots more.

Listen to the interview here.

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