July 17, 2014

Joyce DiDonato guest edits Opera Now magazine

With her new album out soon, the effervescent, outspoken singer took up the editor's chair for the July/August issue.

For its latest issue, the informative, authoritative Opera Now magazine invited mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato to sit in the hot seat as guest editor.

"Joyce is an inspiring figure in so many ways," enthuses acting editor Ashutosh Khandekar. "Not only does she give her all on stage, she is a tireless and vociferous advocate of the power that the arts have in shaping our attitudes to the world around us."

According to Opera Now, Joyce's guest-edited issue (July/August) explores above all "the transformation and empathy that opera can bring to our lives".

The singer also reveals her talent as a keen photographer in the magazine, with a series of photos she has taken around the world and behind the scenes at the opera.

For her next album, Stella di Napoli (Star of Naples), the ever-intrepid opera star presents rare Neapolitan arias by Mercadante, Michele Carafa (a student of Cherubini and close friend of Rossini), Carlo Valentini and the prolific Giovanni Pacini, whose 1845 Stella di Napoli gives the album its title, alongside a sumptuous Bel Canto banquet of music by the three greats — Bellini, Rossini and Donizetti. She worked closely with Italian conductor Riccardo Minasi to bring three unjustly neglected arias to light in world-premiere recordings.

The July/August edition of Opera Now is available on newsstands and online. Stella di Napoli is slated for release in September.