Recording Reviews

Crossover Magazine: Joyce DiDonato is lovely and warm, glowing like a full moon on Songplay

Crossover Magazine Armed with a clear and classical voice, Joyce DiDonato mixes Italian arias with jazz standards on this clear as Waterford crystal collection She teams with an impressive lineup arranged by pianist Craig Terry, which includes Chuck Israels/b, Jimmy Madison/dr, Lautaro Greco/band and Charlie Porter/tp-fh. Her enunciation of Italian gems such as “Tu Lo […]

Songplay review: Joyce DiDonato dazzles with a jazz-Baroque hybrid

The new release from mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, which she’ll perform in UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 20, is a stunningly beautiful and original affair. It’s also deliciously high-concept, to the point that you can’t quite believe she pulls it off. DiDonato takes a handful of Italian Baroque numbers, beginning with excerpts from the […]

Opera Magazine: Joyce DiDonato awarded an honorary RIAM fellowship

“Joyce DiDonato has been given honorary fellowship of the Royal Irish Academy of Music. The conductor Roland Böer has been awarded the Grifo Poliziano and made an honorary citizen of Montepulciano, in recognition of his longstanding leadership of the Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte festival. At the 2018 Gramophone Awards, the Erato set of Les Troyens was […]

Berlioz’s Les Troyens wins Gramophone’s 2018 Recording of the Year Award

‘A peach of a recording’ is how I signed off my original review of this account of Berlioz’s Les Troyens last December – ‘a thrilling new benchmark for this epic opera’. I completely stand by that assessment today – this set from Erato is an absolute stunner. I attended the second of two concert performances in Strasbourg […]

La Clemenza di Tito

“Among the many sparkling facets of Joyce DiDonato’s artistry, her singing of Mozart repertoire perhaps does not receive the attention that her performances of Baroque, bel canto, and contemporary music justifiably garner. This is an inexplicable injustice, as her depiction of Sesto in this recording of La clemenza di Tito is a performance of the […]

The New Herald: Joyce DiDonato, singing that is more than singing

It is not a secret that in a great singer the voice is not everything. Having it is an absolute privilege that implies responsibilities. When there is voice and intelligence, things improve. And if you add feeling (call it spirit, soul or heart) you get a product designed to stay, to transcend. This is the […]

Classical CD of the Month: Les Troyens From Strasbourg With Joyce DiDonato

Forbes by Jens F. Laurson View Article “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 […]

“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.

These classical recordings put unforgettable music at your fingertips

The Kansas City Star by Patrick Neas View Article There was a time when record labels regularly lavished huge budgets on complete opera recordings. Not so anymore: Declining revenues have meant less money to spend on these prestige projects. So kudos to Warner Classics’ Erato label for its recent release of Hector Berlioz’s massive “Les […]

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It was an overwhelming musical experience to return to Strasbourg and my "Berlioz Family" to bring "La Damnation de Faust" to life! Released today, I can't think of a more perfect way to round out this Berlioz Year. I hope you will listen and be swept away, as we all were by the experience! @philharmonique_de_strasbourg @spikelmyers @nicolascourjal @alexandreduhamelbaritone @warner_classics @warnerclassicsus • 💿 Link in bio to pre-order the album. • • #berlioz #berlioz150 #yearofberlioz #faust #opera #newmusicfriday

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Thank you #AnnArbor, @umspresents, @orchestre_metropolitain , beloved @nezetseguin, and divine #Mozart. My soul is well-nourished tonight. ❤️❤️❤️

What fabulous news to wake up to, today!!!! So proud to be nominated for this hugely joyful project!!! Way to go, @craigterrypiano, @hotlipsporter, @lautaro_greco, #ChuckIsraels and #JimmyMadison!! Let’s Play On!!! #doesthatsaytwentytwenty #newdecaderealness #grammygrammygrammy @recordingacademy #grammys

I get to share the stage with these astonishing musicians again for some Mozart??? That’s cool with me!!!! #omusa @orchestre_metropolitain @chicagosymphony @nezetseguin #thatmozartthough #thatclarinetthough #thatphrasingthough #poorsesto #whyyougottabelikethatvitelia #alsobruckner

#Repost @orchestre_metropolitain with @get_repost ・・・ 💥🤩 Ça y est! C'est le jour du grand départ de l'OM en tournée aux États-Unis! Notre chef Yannick @nezetseguin et la mezzo-soprano @joycedidonato vous partagent leur enthousiasme, et vous invitent à vivre cette tournée avec nous sur les médias sociaux. Cap vers Chicago dès aujourd'hui! ✈️ #OMUSA . . . #orchestremetropolitain #yannicknezetseguin #tournee #ontour #etatsunis #usa #chicago #annarbor #newyork #philadelphie

Boarding is complete ... USA, Here We Come!! @orchestre_metropolitain @nezetseguin @chicagosymphony @umspresents @carnegiehall @philorch

It may be fleet, but I dare say it will be RICH! I hope you can join us on our tour-in-progress, as the music-making is simply SUBLIME. What a true joy to join my fellow @carnegiehall Perspectives Artist, Yannick @nezetseguin and his home orchestra with the greatest logo around, as we work our way through some of the GREAT concert halls in North America featuring the complicated lovers from "La Clemenza di Tito", with arias of both Sesto and Vitellia. #DreamTeam @orchestre_metropolitain #MozartMagic #thatclarinetthough #loveiscomplicated #wheredotheygofromhere #dotherightthing #alsobruckner

It was a complete JOY to launch my Perspectives Series at @carnegiehall last night with the astonishing @chicagosymphony Orchestra with Maestro Muti at the helm. If you'd like to relive the death of broken Cléopâtre, you can tune in here at roughly the 1:00 mark. https://www.wqxr.org/story/listen-chicago-symphony-orchestra-joyce-didonato-riccardo-muti-berlioz-bizet-respighi/ Photo: @toddrphoto

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~ Joyce DiDonato