Mar 19, 2018 | Features | Press | No Comments
“The fire you have to walk through will be one of the greatest strengths you ever have.”
Two-time Grammy Award winner Joyce DiDonato has been proclaimed “perhaps the most potent female singer of her generation.” Her many other honors include the Gramophone Artist of the Year and Recital of the Year awards. In this portrait, she recounts the trajectory of her musical and life journey that began with a prominent figure telling her she had nothing to offer as an artist– and developed into one of the most important musicians on the stages today.
Living the Classical Life
Mar 16, 2018 | Features | News | Press | No Comments
She’s taken her craft from Barcelona to Beijing, but this weekend Joyce DiDonato will grace a stage much closer to home.
Before the Grammy-winning mezzo-soprano brings the music of Leonard Bernstein and Hector Berlioz to life at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, we sat down for a wide-ranging conversation on KCUR’s Up To Date. We talked about the kindlings of her now red-hot career, an upcoming tour to Moscow, and recent student protests that have captured the nation’s attention.
Mar 14, 2018 | Features | Press | No Comments
Even Kansas City sports fans love the elite opera star Joyce DiDonato, who grew up in the area and graduated from Bishop Miege High School in 1987.
DiDonato returns this weekend to perform with the Kansas City Symphony, interpreting works by Leonard Bernstein and Hector Berlioz while Michael Stern conducts.
Mar 8, 2018 | Features | Press | No Comments
by Francisco Salazar
The Olivier Awards have announced their nominations, which include a number of opera’s greatest. The awards, which are essentially the Tony Awards’ equivalent in London have two opera categories which recognize the achievements of productions and individuals. This year, for Best Opera production, the Royal Opera House received two nominations for “Semiramide” and ‘The Exterminating Angel” while Trafalgar Studios 2 was nominated for its production of “La Bohème.”
Feb 22, 2018 | Concert Reviews | Opera Reviews | Press | No Comments
“With a line-up of such first-class singers, vocal delivery was consistently excellent. Joyce DiDonato, reprising the role of Sister Helen, displayed a magnificent range of emotions, capturing frustration, piety, simplicity, anger and, above all, humanity.”
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
Feb 8, 2018 | Features | Press | No Comments
by Stefano Russomanno
Es una fuerza de la naturaleza Joyce DiDonato, tanto por su voz como por su presencia escénica. Comunicativa y carismática, la mezzosoprano estadounidense es una de las cantantes más codiciadas y aclamadas del panorama lírico internacional. Estos días, DiDonato actúa en el Teatro Real en «Dead Man Walking», ópera de Jake Heggie basada en el homónimo libro de la Hermana Helen Prejean, que ya inspiró una película de Tim Robbins con Susan Sarandon y Sean Penn.
Feb 5, 2018 | News | Opera Reviews | Press | No Comments
“Joyce DiDonato is superb as Sister Helen Prejean … Even listening to DiDonato’s 2012 recording with Houston Grand Opera, it is the human drama that hooks us in. (Her latest album, Great Scott, also by Heggie and McNally, indicates her loyalty to their work.) Heggie writes generously, if traditionally, for the voice. Pouring her heart out at top volume, DiDonato sounded as if she could have gone on effortlessly for a good few hours more.”
Fiona Maddocks – The Guardian
Feb 1, 2018 | Features | News | Press | No Comments
In the February 2018 edition of Opera Now, Joyce DiDonato discusses her starring role in Jake Heggie’s Great Scott, a new opera full of vocal pyrotechnics and chiaroscuro shifts in emotion that explore every aspect of her artistry. Download your copy at the following link!