August 08, 2014

Revealed! Footage of Joyce DiDonato recording new album Stella di Napoli

Joyce explains how these bel canto rarities push the human voice to dizzying extremes - then sings to prove it.

"One of the joys for me, and the huge challenge, is rising to the vocal demands of this music," says Joyce DiDonato of her new album Stella di Napoli (Star of Naples), which ventures far off the beaton bel canto track.

The intrepid American mezzo-soprano has gotten her hands dirty in the archives to present largely unheard Neapolitan delights – not Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, but Carafa's earlier Le Nozze di Lammermoor; rather than rehash Bellini's La Sonnambula, she offers up Valentini's Il Sonnambulo. And not a single aria lacking in vocal pyrotechnics.

The new video just released shows DiDonato in session with the orchestra and choir of the Opéra de Lyon and maestro Riccardo Minasi. The choral crescendo at 3'30'' is just one of many glorious moments to be heard on the new album in September. Pre-order here.