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Billboard: Joyce DiDonato named female singer of the year for “In War & Peace”

“The appearance of Joyce DiDonato, combined with her important political message was an absolute highlight.”

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abc News: Mezzo solves ‘enigma’ in ‘Norma’

Joyce DiDonato was unsure at first how to approach her character of Adalgisa in Bellini’s “Norma,” but she knew she didn’t want to play her as “sort of a stock character who’s the good girl and crying all the time.”

“I don’t do insipid very well,” the celebrated American mezzo said with a smile.

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“DiDonato provides the sparks” in new ‘Norma’ at The Met

“Her partner for many of those duets was Joyce DiDonato, whose performance as the romantic rival Adalgisa provided yet more evidence–as if we needed any–of her status as a supreme bel canto stylist. Her technique as firm as bedrock, she built a gripping character on her fiery vocal interpretation. Her confession to Norma in the Act I duet “Sola, furtiva al tempio” showed palpable sorrow, and a special urgency, as she sang every word as though it were the most important in the libretto.”

Eric C. Simpson, New York Classical Review

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Norma at the Metropolitan Opera

“DiDonato is a supremely controlled singer, and she responded to the heated emotional temperature and vocal weight of Adalgisa by literally flinging herself into it, lying prone across the stage at one point while she sang. She also offered a lot of anguished sobbing — and a lot of clean, spot-on singing, especially in her two extended scenes with Norma, which were, as they should be, among the evening’s highlights.”

Anne Midgette – Washington Post

“Joyce DiDonato brought her detailed artistry and flexible mezzo to Adalgisa, skillfully matching Radvanovsky in their duets. Their time onstage together remained the most exciting and musically satisfying of the evening.”

Kim Feltkamp – Operawire

“Women of the Year”

The Metropolitan Opera / The Voice Must Be Heard

JOYCE DiDONATO: “Cendrillon is the French girl who we here in America know as Cinderella. She’s a character familiar to so many of us because we grew up with her. We grew up knowing her loneliness, that she has been rejected by family, she has lost her mother and feels a deep sense of sadness about that. But she is also a girl who holds onto hope and who holds onto the idea that goodness and love really conquer. And in the story, she finds her prince—but what I like about this version is she’s not dependent on the prince. It’s not that she needs him to make her life complete, but she wants to love him, and it’s a beautiful, pure way of looking at the expression of love … She is a character I have sung for almost 19 years, and I hate to say it because it sounds like a cliché, but it’s impossible for me to sit here, knowing that I’m preparing this role for the Metropolitan Opera, and not feel like Cinderella. I came from Prairie Village, Kansas, and I thought I was destined to be a high school music teacher. I thought I would be living a life in the suburbs, very normal. Yet, when I went to college—and it sounds strange to say—but it felt like the stage really called me. I got bitten by the bug and it felt like home. It took me a little while to reconcile what felt like a very narcissistic lifestyle. But in the end, what I found is that, actually, I am in a position of service. Especially now, when we need music and the arts to open ourselves and open our channels to compassion and empathy more than ever. So, when I sing, it’s not about the spotlights—I mean, all that’s lovely—but it really is the privilege of being able to give people a hugely emotional and connective experience.”

Best of the Bay 2016–2017 Winners (San Francisco Classical Voice)

SFCV.org

Best Opera Singer: Joyce DiDonato

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato won by more than a length in one of our most heavily nominated races, with Carrie Hennesey a distant second. DiDonato, long a favorite in the Bay Area, also won in the best vocal recital performance category (see below). In this reviewSFCV’s critic expressed her broad appeal: “There may be other mezzos, past and present, who have the gift of diving even deeper into the emotional well of humanity’s shared heart, but few have ever been able to do so with the ease, audience-friendly patter, and technical mastery of Joyce DiDonato.”

Joyce DiDonato performs with refugee children in Greece

ClassicFM

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.

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Shortlist for Gramophone Awards 2017 revealed

ClassicFM

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.

Joyce DiDonato – Fast Göttlich

ARTE Magazin

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.

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There will always be more freedom to acquire and more truth to uncover.

~ Joyce DiDonato