Shanghai That’s Magazine
by Andrew Chin
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Honored with titles like ‘Gramophone Artist of Year,’ mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato has assumed regal status within the opera world. For her May 8 show at Shanghai Grand Theatre, the Grammy Award winner will perform a program of 17th and 18th century arias fit for royalty.

The Times said your voice is “nothing less than 24-carat gold.” What do you think of all your acclaim?
It’s difficult for me to think about it at this point, as I’m still completely immersed in the experience itself. The opportunities I’ve had have far exceeded my dreams and expectations, so I am fully enjoying every step of this remarkable journey!

It’s said that you used to dream about becoming a pop singer. Who inspired that?
I loved Billy Joel, because he was also a pianist and composer. Barbra Streisand and Whitney Houston, however, were the divas that I wanted to be!

Read the entire interview here.