Aug 17, 2017 | Features | Press | No Comments
The opera singer has been working with El Sistema Greece on workshops with refugee children from countries including Afghanistan and Syria: ‘El Sistema is building a cultural revolution here, through music education.’
Joyce DiDonato is one of the world’s greatest opera singers and she’s been lending her star power to a music education project working with refugee children in Greece.
Aug 16, 2017 | Features | News | Press | No Comments
The shortlist for the 40th Gramophone Awards includes mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, pianists Murray Perahia and Daniil Trifonov, Masaaki Suzuki and his Bach Collegium and Glyndebourne Opera. This year the Gramophone Awards is marking its 40th anniversary, and today the shortlist for the 2017 awards has been unveiled.
The nominees include mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato for her album In War and Peace, pianist Murray Perahia for his recording of J.S. Bach’s French Suites and the LSO – Classic FM’s Orchestra in the City of London – for a recording of works by Thomas Adès, conducted by the composer himself.
Aug 15, 2017 | Features | Press | No Comments
Ein Hotel am Bahnhof Zoo in Berlin. In Flipflops und einem Sommerkleid kommt Joyce DiDonato von ihrem Zimmer zum Interview in die Lobby. Die Mezzosopranistin ist für drei Konzerte in der Stadt. „Lassen Sie uns eine ruhige Ecke suchen. Ohne Hintergrundmusik“, sagt sie und lacht. Warmherzig wirkt die 48-jährige Amerikanerin, die im Oktober zum vierten Mal mit dem Echo Klassik ausgezeichnet wird.
Aug 1, 2017 | Concert Reviews | News | Opera Reviews | Press | No Comments
“Joyce DiDonato arrived as Didon in Act III looking every inch the queen of Carthage, acknowledging her people with straight backed authority without losing a delicate feminine sadness over her solitude. Her blossoming relationship with the Énée of tenor Michael Spyres brought a duet of overwhelming sensuality … Just when “reserved” and “elegant” seemed apt words to describe DiDonato, the mezzo seized on the drama of the final act to unfurl a torrent of lustrous tone and unbridled commitment to set her performance of the Carthaginian queen beside the great interpreters of the role.”
Stephen J. Mudge – Opera News
Jul 23, 2017 | Concert Reviews | Press | No Comments
by David Shengold
“Ariodante on Carnegie Hall’s main stage on April 30featured a soaring, energized Joyce DiDonato and a uniformly strong cast under Harry Bicket’s expert direction. Listening to the thunderous ovations during and after the opera, one hoped that the managements of New York’s two leading opera companies would see from the wild success of Bicket’s local appearances with his English Concert that Handel has not only superb exponents these days but a highly motivated public who will travel and buy seats to hear his works.
The English Concert is just terrific—a fleet and accurate Baroque ensemble fully responsive here to the vocalism they supported. Bicket led from the harpsichord, which he played with great conviction. All the continuo players performed admirably; but one leaves Ariodante remembering the bassoon, and Alberto Grazzi handled his portion of the stop-time miracle of “Scherza infida” as deftly and expressively as did DiDonato, who blended bitterly enunciated consonants with seemingly endless breath support and legato ease. The mezzo sounded in peak form from her first mellow arioso, “Qui d’amor,” and gave a generous, deeply chiseled and resonantly projected reading of one of her great assumptions. For such heartfelt artistry and beauty of tone in such technically and psychologically remarkable music, what could one offer but grateful smiles (with a healthy admixture of tears)?”
Jul 14, 2017 | Concert Reviews | Opera Reviews | Press | 1 Comment
“What a Sesto: Joyce DiDonato is an exceptional mezzo soprano: just as sensitive as it is moving, she crafts her arias with both variation and spritely coloratura.”
Alexander Dick – Badische Zeitung
“As Sesto, Joyce DiDonato brought a fresh interpretation to the role, in respect to both her musicality and interpretation….her Sesto was believable with both vocal commitment and commitment to the character, and her voice followed her intentions with aplomb down to the last detail. As with the other singers, the recitatives were full of life, either introspective, or interactive with the other singers, thereby contributing to the overall drama of the evening. Her two important arias, ” Parto, parto, ma tu ben mio” in Act I and “Deh per questo instante solo” in Act II, were clearly well thought out, and were greeted with a standing ovation from the audience.”
Michel Thomé – ResMusica (translated from the original in French)
Jun 23, 2017 | Features | News | Press | No Comments
La mezzo-soprano américaine Joyce DiDonato, marraine du projet El Sistema Greece, a donné gratuitement un concert pour les enfants réfugiés des camps d’Athènes. Dernier volet de ce carnet de bord.
Jun 21, 2017 | Concert Reviews | Press | No Comments
“La mezzo de Kansas ha arribat a un punt de maduresa en el que pot prescindir de l’ortodòxia del cant o del so i, si ha de sacrificar-la per l’expressivitat, ho fa sense recança, per fortuna nostra. Una veritable exhibició de talent i personalitat.”
Antoni Colomer – Núvol
Jun 14, 2017 | Features | Press | No Comments
by Andrew Johnstone
It was appropriate that last Thursday evening’s audience at the National Concert Hall had made their way there through a heavy electrical storm. The atmosphere generated in the auditorium – by paragon US mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato backed by Italian early music ensemble il pomo d’oro and a posse of creative collaborators – was scarcely a volt less highly charged.