Recording Reviews

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 […]

DiDonato Scores Again–A Perfect, Timely Recital

Classics Today by Robert Levine View Article In the notes accompanying this spectacular CD, mezzo Joyce DiDonato asks, “In the midst of chaos, how do you find peace?” She goes for answers–and gets them–from a baritone who was a Freedom Combat Victim, as well as from Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a prisoner in Sing Sing, an […]

Classic FM’s 20 best classical albums of the year – “In War & Peace”

ClassicFM Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato was inspired by the 2015 Paris attacks to record this album of Baroque opera arias on the subject of war and peace. DiDonato told us she wanted to “bring an album into the world that reminds us of the best of humanity. Nobody represents this better in music better than Purcell and Handel… […]

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