Opera Reviews

Agrippina at Covent Garden

“Joyce DiDonato proved to be fully alive to the piece’s possibilities in the title role. This was DiDonato’s evening: the American mezzo was in her very best form. Agrippina, the wife of the Emperor Claudius, schemes and lies for three acts in order to place Nero—her son by a previous marriage—on the Imperial throne. DiDonato’s […]

La Damnation de Faust / Palais des Congrès, Strasbourg

“…to have DiDonato on hand, a Marguerite of marvellous elegance and vulnerability, close to delirium in her last scene, an emotion the whole audience could partake in when it was all over.” The Times

La Clemenza di Tito / The Metropolitan Opera

“Most brilliant of all was mezzo Joyce DiDonato as the anguished Sesto. She daringly imposed vast contrasts of volume and tempo upon the most famous aria from this score, “Parto, parto,” transitioning from an almost murmured slow section to a quicksilver conclusion. The elaborate triplet melismas were not only crystal-clear but achingly expressive of the […]

Les Troyens / Wiener Staatsoper

„Es war zweifelsohne der große Abend der Joyce Didonato, die am Sonntag erstmals an der Staatsoper eine Premiere sang und gleichzeitig ihr persönliches Debüt als Didon in Hector Berlioz’ letzter Oper “Les Troyens” gab. Unglaublich, wie intensiv sie musikalische Emotionen in Gesten und Klang umsetzen kann, wie sie egal ob als unendlich Liebende und vom […]

Opera Review: ‘Cendrillon’

The Epoch Times by Barry Bassis Joyce DiDonato shines as the French Cinderella … Jules Massenet’s 1899 fairy tale opera “Cendrillon” (Cinderella) finally arrived at the Metropolitan Opera. It was clearly ladies’ night on stage with the glorious mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato in the title role and mostly other divas, including another mezzo, Alice Coote, as Prince […]

Dead Man Walking / Barbican

“With a line-up of such first-class singers, vocal delivery was consistently excellent. Joyce DiDonato, reprising the role of Sister Helen, displayed a magnificent range of emotions, capturing frustration, piety, simplicity, anger and, above all, humanity.” –MusicOMH

‘Dead Man Walking’ / Teatro Real

“Joyce DiDonato is superb as Sister Helen Prejean … Even listening to DiDonato’s 2012 recording with Houston Grand Opera, it is the human drama that hooks us in. (Her latest album, Great Scott, also by Heggie and McNally, indicates her loyalty to their work.) Heggie writes generously, if traditionally, for the voice. Pouring her heart out […]

Opera Magazine: Didon in Vienna

“There was one wonderful moment in Les Troyens at the Staatsoper (November 1), but we had to wait quite some time for it. It occurred after Enée had left Didon for Italy, and the Carthaginian queen yearned, then fumed and finally gave in to despair — all in front of a dark curtain, with one […]

“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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