Jun 1, 2018 | Interviews | News | Press | No Comments
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.
Apr 12, 2018 | Interviews | News | No Comments
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.’”
Feb 15, 2018 | Features | Interviews | News | Press | No Comments
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
Nov 27, 2017 | Interviews | News | No Comments
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.
Click here to listen.
Nov 20, 2017 | Features | Interviews | News | Press | 1 Comment
The Sunday Times
by Richard Morrison
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.
Sep 21, 2017 | Interviews | News | No Comments
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
Nov 19, 2016 | Features | Interviews | News | Press | 1 Comment
by Rupert Christiansen
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.
May 19, 2016 | Features | Interviews | News | Press | No Comments
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.
Apr 13, 2016 | Interviews | News | No Comments
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.