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“Ms. Joyce DiDonato seemed the perfect 21st-century diva — an effortless combination of glamour, charisma, intelligence, grace and remarkable talent.”

– The New York Times

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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“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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Joyce DiDonato en concert auprès des réfugiés en Grèce

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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.

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Are multimedia performances the future of live classical music?

Irish Times
by Andrew Johnstone
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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.

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DiDonato: “La ópera ha de ofrecer a los jóvenes un espectáculo que no puedan disfrutar en otro lugar”

La Nueva España
by Andrea G. Torres
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Joyce DiDonato (1969) es la diva de la ópera más carismática del panorama actual. Su personalidad y arraigo para enfrentarse a los contratiempos de la vida, han hecho de ella una mujer decidida, que sabe lo que quiere y que pelea muy duro todos los días para conseguirlo. Su optimismo ante la adversidad es una de sus grandes virtudes, incluso en un mundo, como el actual, marcado diariamente por la tragedia. La mezzo estadounidense presenta en el Auditorio de Oviedo el próximo martes, 6 de junio, a partir de las 20.00 horas, “En guerra y paz”, su último y más comprometido proyecto, que pondrá fin a la presente temporada de “Los conciertos del Auditorio”, ciclo que patrocina LA NUEVA ESPAÑA.

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

~ Joyce DiDonato