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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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Meine Musik mit Joyce DiDonato

BR-Klassik

Ob als schlechteste Sängerin aller Zeiten in der “Florence Foster Jenkins Story” oder als “Semiramide” an der Bayerischen Staatsoper – Joyce DiDonato ist eine vielseitige Künstlerin. Für “Meine Musik” auf BR-KLASSIK hat die Mezzosopranistin eine Playlist mit ihren Lieblingsaufnahmen zusammengestellt.

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Joyce DiDonato is “regal” and “riveting” in role debut as Semiramide

“On February 12, at the first evening of its new Semiramide production in the Nationaltheater, Bavarian State Opera proved itself more than equal to the challenge of finding an ideal cast for a work that depends on the virtuosity of its singers for its success. Joyce DiDonato’s enormous talent is unparalleled in today’s opera world; she has the allure of a true diva without the baggage associated with that word. Her regal bearing spoke volumes, her emotional involvement in the title role was riveting and her brilliant coloratura took one’s breath away. DiDonato’s “Bel raggio lusinghier” brought down the house in Act I, and she amazed and stupefied her audience throughout the entire evening.”

Jeffrey A. Leipsic – Opera News

 

“Her interpretation was extremely dramatic and intense. Hers is a troubled, broken queen, whose old crime (her husband’s murder) has marked her whole existence. She hopes against all odds to find happiness by marrying the young warrior Arsace, only to be hurled into the middle of a Freudian nightmare (Arsace turns out to be her son). Her vocal performance was brilliant, marked by a wonderful legato and sparkling coloratura – every asset of a true bel canto artist.”

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Making Babylon great again: DiDonato shines in musically spectacular Semiramide in Munich

Bachtrack
by Laura Servidei

“Joyce DiDonato is making her role debut as Semiramide in this production. It was written for Isabella Colbran, an alto with great extension, but has been hijacked by coloratura sopranos since the Rossini Renaissance. Today, it sounds strange to hear a mezzo singing it. Her interpretation was extremely dramatic and intense. Hers is a troubled, broken queen, whose old crime (her husband’s murder) has marked her whole existence. She hopes against all odds to find happiness by marrying the young warrior Arsace, only to be hurled into the middle of a Freudian nightmare (Arsace turns out to be her son). Her vocal performance was brilliant, marked by a wonderful legato and sparkling coloratura – every asset of a true bel canto artist … her performance was astounding.”

Artist Of The Week: Joyce DiDonato Conquers Rossini’s ‘Semiramide’

Operawire
by Francisco Salazar
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For years Joyce DiDonato has been a master in the Bel Canto repertoire singing Rossini, Bellini and Donizetti. Her vocal flexibility and nuance has brought new musical insights to some of this neglected repertoire, her approach often innovative. This week DiDonato took on the role of Rossini’s “Semiramide” for the first time at the Bayerische Staatsoper and after listening to the premiere it looks like DiDonato has conquered the difficult role.

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Joyce DiDonato is “outstanding” in role debut as Semiramide at the Bayerische Staatsoper

“Joyce DiDonato is outstanding as Semiramide: her sound can be soft and melting, she sings angrily to her adversaries along the wall and while suffering is barely audible in her pianissimo. A great achievement.”

{Überragend Joyce DiDonato als Semiramide: Weich und schmelzend kann sie klingen, ihre Widersacher wütend an die Wand singen und kaum hörbar im pianissimo leiden. Eine großartige Leistung.}

Bernhard Neuhoff – BR-Klassik

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