July 08, 2016
Elegant, unaffected and enchantingOpera News
It is a remarkable package that DiDonato offers: a mezzo cast in milk chocolate, so smooth and agile that it can reach up to a diamond-bright soprano as well as sink to a rich, chesty alto. And then there is the instinctive charisma: she is always engaging and always intelligently shaping the verse and textThe Times
Multi Grammy Award winner (2016 Best Classical Solo Vocal Album Joyce and Tony: Live at Wigmore Hall; 2012 Best Classical Vocal Solo for Diva/Divo), Kansas-born Joyce DiDonato entrances audiences around the world, and has been proclaimed “perhaps the most potent female singer of her generation” by the New Yorker. With a voice “nothing less than 24-carat gold” according to the Times, DiDonato has soared to the top of the industry both as a performer and a fierce advocate for the arts, gaining international prominence in operas by Handel and Mozart, as well as through her wide-ranging, acclaimed discography. She is also widely acclaimed for the bel canto roles of Rossini and Donizetti – the critic from The Financial Times judging her performances as Elena in La donna del Lago as “simply the best singing I’ve heard in years”.
Much in demand on the concert and recital circuit, she has recently held residencies and master classes at Carnegie Hall and at London’s Barbican Centre, toured extensively in South America, Europe and Asia and appeared as guest soloist at the BBC’s Last Night of the Proms. Highlights in opera have included the title role in Maria Stuarda at the Metropolitan Opera, for The Royal Opera and at the Liceu in Barcelona; the title role in Alcina on tour with The English Concert and Harry Bicket and Marguerite from La damnation de Faust with the Berlin Philharmonic under Sir Simon Rattle.
DiDonato’s 2015/16 engagements included Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with The Royal Opera on tour to Japan, her stage debut as Charlotte in Werther for The Royal Opera, Arden Scott in the world premiere of Jake Heggie’s Great Scott at the Dallas Opera (recorded for album release) for which she won the 2016 Maria Callas Prize, and a return to the Metropolitan Opera as Elena in La donna del lago.
An exclusive recording artist with Erato/Warner Classics, DiDonato’s live recording from Wigmore Hall, Joyce and Tony, has been selected as 'le choix de France Musique' in addition to taking a Grammy. Other recordings include Stella di Napoli, a sumptuous bel canto banquet including little-known gems alongside music by Bellini, Rossini and Donizetti.
Her Grammy Award-winning Diva/Divo comprises arias by male and female characters, celebrating the rich dramatic world of the mezzo-soprano. The following album, Drama Queens, was exceptionally well received, both on disc and on several international tours. A retrospective of her first ten years of recordings entitled ReJoyce! was released last year with a crowd-sourced tracklist.
Other honours include the Gramophone Artist of the Year and Recital of the Year awards, three German Echo Klassik Awards (Female Singer of the Year), and an induction into the Gramophone Hall of Fame.
Recent career highlights include singing the American national anthem televised to millions at the baseball World Series in 2014, and her feature film debut in a biopic on Florence Foster Jenkins (released November 2016), widely acknowledged as the worst singer in the world.
Joyce DiDonato's new album, In War and Peace - Harmony Through Music, will be released early November 2016, with an international tour to follow in 2017.