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Joyce Didonato

Making Credible Drama From An Incredible Romantic Tale

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 04.19.2015 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

It is always a special occasion when the Metropolitan Opera stages a premiere and its first production of Rossini's melodious and stirring La Donna del Lago boasts the exquisite Joyce DiDonato in the title role and Juan Diego Florez as the Scottish king who is captivated by her.

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!

The Heartbreaking Reason This Opera Diva Was Inspired To Sing At Stonewall

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.05.2015 | Gay Voices

Opera diva Joyce DiDonato took to the most appropriate stage possible -- New York's Stonewall Inn -- to honor victims of hate and intolerance in a hea...

An AIDS Quilt Songbook: Sing for Hope

Camille Zamora | Posted 01.31.2015 | Impact
Camille Zamora

On World AIDS Day in 2012, the New York City-based "artists' peace corps" Sing for Hope marked the twentieth anniversary of the classical music world's first organized response to the AIDS crisis.

Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo -- A Stunning Debut in 'Partenope' at San Francisco Opera

Sean Martinfield | Posted 12.24.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

San Francisco Opera's current production of Handel's 1730 comedy, Partenope -- now transported to a high-toned Parisian salon in the 1920s -- is an intoxicating whirlwind of fresh air.

Juilliard's 109th Commencement Speech

Joyce DiDonato | Posted 08.13.2014 | College
Joyce DiDonato

Chairman Kovner, President Polisi, most distinguished honorees, dedicated family, friends, faculty, and to EACH of the talented, ambitious, courageous...

Opera's Fairy-Tale Couple, in Rossini's 'La Cenerentola'

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 04.22.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

There are few operas that can be quite as much fun as La Cenerentola, Rossini's delightful version of the Cinderella story, and there are few mistreat...

Santa Fe Opera's Beguiling Season

Rodney Punt | Posted 11.26.2013 | Arts
Rodney Punt

The Santa Fe Opera's top laurels for the 2013 season were not necessarily won by its most anticipated productions. Of the five works staged, three were fashioned around star singers -- a world premiere tragedy, an Offenbach farce and a rarely performed late work of Rossini.

First Nighter: Maria Stuarda at the Met, Donna McKechnie at 54 Below

David Finkle | Posted 01.03.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

In setting Maria Stuarda to music, Gaetano Donizetti did some of his most beautiful writing, not just for the title character and her prevailing adversary Elizabeth I. Throughout, Donizetti also imagined any number of ensembles

Joyce DiDonato and Her Amazing Dress

David Browning | Posted 01.19.2013 | Arts
David Browning

Il Complesso Barocco was truly part of this event. Miss DiDonato and the orchestra are very experienced working together, and it was a joy to watch the intense concentration with which each orchestra member was aware of every other member and fully supportive of Miss DiDonato's every breath and phrase.

Drama Queens: A Conversation With Mezzo-Soprano Joyce DiDonato

Sean Martinfield | Posted 01.19.2013 | Arts
Sean Martinfield

The issue of physical stamina goes hand-in-glove with vocal stamina. The collected material of Drama Queens certainly offers a list of heavy-duty physical challenges.

'Moby-Dick' Opens at San Francisco Opera: A Conversation With Composer Jake Heggie

Sean Martinfield | Posted 12.09.2012 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

"I knew from the beginning Moby-Dick was a very good idea," said Jake Heggie during our recent interview. "Right from the start, people were a little stunned that we were taking it on."

Soprano Joyce DiDonato On The Teacher That Influenced Her

NPR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

Below, mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, who received the Artist of the Year prize at this year's Grammophon awards, recalls a number of mentors-- includi...