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Joyce DiDonato “wowed” at Metropolitan Opera 50th Anniversary Gala at Lincoln Center

“Joyce DiDonato wowed with endless coloratura fireworks as Semiramide …”

Ilana Walder-Biesanz – Opera-Online

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“Meine Beine wachsen fünf Meter in den Boden”

Der Tagesspiegel
by Susanne Kippenberger
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Bevor Joyce DiDonato Opernsängerin wurde, flambierte sie als Kellnerin Tournedos Rossini am Tisch. Warum sie gerne Männer spielt – und nach dem Auftritt Bier braucht.

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“A long and luminous evening of opera lives up to expectations” – ‘Ariodante’ at The Kennedy Center

The Washington Post
by Anne Midgette
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“It was supposed to be one of the highlights of the classical season — and it actually was. Whatever it takes to create a sense of event and excitement was in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall on Tuesday night for the star turn of mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato in Handel’s “Ariodante.”

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DiDonato leads an inspired cast in sensational “Ariodante” at Carnegie

New York Classical Review
by Eric C. Simpson
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The renaissance of baroque opera in America shows no signs of slowing down: Carnegie Hall on Sunday afternoon saw a sold-out performance of a four-hour Handel opera, in which Harry Bicket’s English Concert and Joyce DiDonato gave a performance so stunning it was liable to make even the most jaded of early-music skeptics take note …

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Review: Joyce DiDonato Is Wrenching in Handel’s ‘Ariodante’

The New York Times
by Anthony Tommasini
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In the middle of Handel’s “Ariodante,” the title character makes an uncomfortably convincing case for suicide. On Sunday, the mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, singing the role in a concert performance of the opera with the conductor Harry Bicket and his English Concert chamber orchestra, held Carnegie Hall’s audience in thrall for nearly nine minutes as she wrung every bit of emotion from this music.

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“Joyce !” – france musique

france musique – Lirico Spinto
By Stéphane Grant
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“She is the super diva of our time! Joyce DiDonato has just triumphed in Les Troyens in Strasbourg – nothing escapes her: from a repertoire that goes from Monteverdi to contemporary creation; and the battles of our time, the American mezzo is a committed artist, and unique …”

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Joyce DiDonato brings Handel opera to KC, just one of 4 U.S. shows

The Kansas City Star
by Patrick Neas
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Unlike divas who tread well-worn paths, Joyce DiDonato blazes trails that sometimes lead to daring new operas like “Dead Man Walking” and other times to older, rarely performed gems like George Frideric Handel’s “Ariodante.”

For her unprecedented second appearance this season on the Harriman-Jewell Series, DiDonato will sing the title role in “Ariodante” Friday at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

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Berlioz’ ‘Les Troyens’ in Strasbourg

“With Didon, Joyce DiDonato continues the exploration of the great roles of the French repertoire recently initiated with Charlotte in Werther … Faced with this recent challenge, the singer finds unknown expressive resources, using changes of timbre to express the horrors in which the Queen of Carthage struggled. The abandoned woman then converses with the outraged queen in a scene of epic grandeur …”

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“Joyce DiDonato, Queen of the Night in Geneva!” (Bachtrack)

“Champagne and yes more champagne were needed to mark the 30th anniversary of the Circle of the Grand Theater of Geneva! Indeed, the performance of the American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato would be breathtaking: sumptuousness of the timbre, sublime phrasing, vocally superlative and nevertheless without surprise, not preventing in any way a salutary relaxation, a simple and direct relation with the public, a generosity even in how to speak to us about the troubled times we are going through and the mistakes of humanity … a Diva yes, but committed.”

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