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Joyce Didonato Matthew Polenzani

In My Backyard With Joyce DiDonato and Matthew Polenzani

Glen Roven | Posted 04.14.2015 | Arts
Glen Roven

Despite finding unexpected glories in all of the Hermit Songs, Polenzani brought a particular ardor and insight to the final piece in the cycle, "The Desire For Hermitage -- the brilliant climax to an unforgettable evening. Bravo, tenore!

Met Opera: Joyce DiDonato Soars in the Met's First Maria Stuarda

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 03.04.2013 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

In opera, the music pretty much trumps history, and in Maria Stuarda Donizetti's confrontation scene between the two women at the end of Act 1, a furious 16th-century cat fight in which each hurls invective at the other, makes terrific drama.