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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

BZ-Berlin: „Was könnte sich ein Mädchen noch wünschen?“

Mezzosopranistin Joyce DiDonato (48) singt zum Jahresausklang in der Philharmonie.

Sie ist eine der größten Mezzosopranistinnen der Welt. Und wenn Sir Simon Rattle zum Silvesterkonzert mit den Philharmonikern ruft, kommt sie nach Berlin: Von Freitag bis Sonntag singt Joyce DiDonato (48) in der Philharmonie Orchesterlieder von Richard Strauss. Im Interview spricht die Amerikanerin über ihr vergangenes Jahr und ihre Neujahrsvorsätze.
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‘A year ago – wow – did the world look different’ – Joyce DiDonato on why only the arts can mend society

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The opera star said she hoped the election of Donald Trump would ‘give birth to a radical emergence of really important creative arts’

Joyce DiDonato is one of the most recognisable names in classical music. She’s also been vocal in her criticism of Donald Trump and decisions taken by his administration, especially around the arts.

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“Best of 2017” Highlights

The Guardian – 10 Best Performances

Semiramide: Royal Opera House
Grand opera in grand style, with the grandest of divas, Joyce DiDonato.

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WhatsOnStage Opera Poll 2018

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Joyce DiDonato has been nominated in WhatsOnStage’s Opera Poll in the “Outstanding Achievement in an Operatic Role” category, for her spectacular portrayal of the title role in Rossini’s Semiramide at the Royal Opera House. Place your votes at WhatsOnStage.com by December 29!

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The Sunday Times: ‘Oh, I stand up for myself. I don’t give away my power easily’

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by Richard Morrison
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Most singers would regard singing the title role in Rossini’s Semiramide as one of the supreme challenges of their lives. The opera is a massive political drama — think House of Cards set in ancient Babylon — and the part of the conflicted queen as demanding, vocally and dramatically, as anything in opera before Verdi and Wagner.

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Music at Sing Sing Correctional Facility

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

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by The Associated Press
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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)

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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.”

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

~ Joyce DiDonato