Mar 19, 2018 | Features | Press | No Comments
“The fire you have to walk through will be one of the greatest strengths you ever have.”
Two-time Grammy Award winner Joyce DiDonato has been proclaimed “perhaps the most potent female singer of her generation.” Her many other honors include the Gramophone Artist of the Year and Recital of the Year awards. In this portrait, she recounts the trajectory of her musical and life journey that began with a prominent figure telling her she had nothing to offer as an artist– and developed into one of the most important musicians on the stages today.
Living the Classical Life
Mar 16, 2018 | Features | News | Press | No Comments
She’s taken her craft from Barcelona to Beijing, but this weekend Joyce DiDonato will grace a stage much closer to home.
Before the Grammy-winning mezzo-soprano brings the music of Leonard Bernstein and Hector Berlioz to life at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, we sat down for a wide-ranging conversation on KCUR’s Up To Date. We talked about the kindlings of her now red-hot career, an upcoming tour to Moscow, and recent student protests that have captured the nation’s attention.
Mar 14, 2018 | Features | Press | No Comments
Even Kansas City sports fans love the elite opera star Joyce DiDonato, who grew up in the area and graduated from Bishop Miege High School in 1987.
DiDonato returns this weekend to perform with the Kansas City Symphony, interpreting works by Leonard Bernstein and Hector Berlioz while Michael Stern conducts.
Mar 8, 2018 | Features | Press | No Comments
by Francisco Salazar
The Olivier Awards have announced their nominations, which include a number of opera’s greatest. The awards, which are essentially the Tony Awards’ equivalent in London have two opera categories which recognize the achievements of productions and individuals. This year, for Best Opera production, the Royal Opera House received two nominations for “Semiramide” and ‘The Exterminating Angel” while Trafalgar Studios 2 was nominated for its production of “La Bohème.”
Feb 15, 2018 | Features | Interviews | News | Press | No Comments
Considering that Joyce DiDonato is one of the world’s most glamorous opera stars, I initially feel short‑changed by the petite figure who sits opposite me in an overly bright meeting room in the bowels of the Royal Opera House. It’s a crisp, cold day and she is hugging herself tightly in a white woollen polo neck, sharp-featured but unassuming. And then she opens her mouth, not to sing, alas, but to hold forth about the state of the world, her famous Kansas drawl only slightly softened by years of travelling.
Read the rest of the interview via The Daily Telegraph or view the PDF
Feb 8, 2018 | Features | Press | No Comments
by Stefano Russomanno
Es una fuerza de la naturaleza Joyce DiDonato, tanto por su voz como por su presencia escénica. Comunicativa y carismática, la mezzosoprano estadounidense es una de las cantantes más codiciadas y aclamadas del panorama lírico internacional. Estos días, DiDonato actúa en el Teatro Real en «Dead Man Walking», ópera de Jake Heggie basada en el homónimo libro de la Hermana Helen Prejean, que ya inspiró una película de Tim Robbins con Susan Sarandon y Sean Penn.
Feb 1, 2018 | Features | News | Press | No Comments
In the February 2018 edition of Opera Now, Joyce DiDonato discusses her starring role in Jake Heggie’s Great Scott, a new opera full of vocal pyrotechnics and chiaroscuro shifts in emotion that explore every aspect of her artistry. Download your copy at the following link!
Jan 27, 2018 | Features | News | Press | Recording Reviews | No Comments
by Jens F. Laurson
“Hector Berlioz’ epic Les Troyens: It’s daunting, it’s not particularly catchy, and it makes Götterdämmerung seem to go by in a breeze. It’s also a grand opera, perhaps even a great opera. Even so, it remains one of the more wonderful miracles of the classical music industry that a recording of this opera, of all works, should have made a record label… Now, 17 years after that last recording (not counting filmed versions, which have begun to outnumber pure sound recordings), Warner/Erato has issued John Nelson’s performance from Strasbourg with a modern-day almost-dream cast headed by Joyce DiDonato’s Dido. The result is controversial; I love it.
This recording topped my Meta-List of “Best Classical Recordings of 2017”that I compiled from a selection of such lists and is, in that sense, the most-saluted recording of last year …
On this recording you have the svelte and radiant voice of Joyce DiDonato’s as Didon … I’d like to think that for the amount of greater enjoyment I get from this interpretation over previous ones – up to the limit that my general skepticism towards the genre imposes on me – a modern listener inherently liking the genre will possibly also gain as much a greater enjoyment, if not more. And even if that weren’t the case, well… at least we’d have the ideal recording for those of us who might never love that type of thing but like it enough to expose themselves repeatedly. Either way: A worthy contribution to the small Trojan discography…”
Jan 8, 2018 | Features | Press | No Comments
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.