May 14, 2014

Royal Philharmonic Society Awards salute Joyce DiDonato

The celebrated ‘Yankee Diva’ has been crowned Singer of the Year.

Joyce DiDonato adds another laurel to her crowded mantle following last night’s Royal Philharmonic Society Awards ceremony at the Dorchester Hotel in London.

Partnered by BBC Radio 3, the RPS Awards proclaimed the American mezzo-soprano Singer of the Year, praising her performances of "transcendent beauty and musical style". DiDonato accepted fresh from her New York Metropolitan Opera triumph in La Cenerentola, which may be the last time she ever performs the signature title role and which will soon appear on DVD from the Met’s Live in HD series on Erato.

The accolade comes after last year’s crowd-sourced Best Of album, reJOYCE, and her tour de force in the title role of Maria Stuarda, again for the Met and now available on DVD.

The prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society, which also honoured veteran bass John Tomlinson (Gold Medal) and maestro Daniel Barenboim (Conductor of the Year), continues a distinguished history in classical music spanning more than 200 years, having originally commissioned Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.