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Joyce DiDonato - NOSPR

Joyce DiDonatoMezzo-soprano

photo by Simon Pauly

Multi-Grammy Award winner and 2018 Olivier Award winner for Outstanding Achievement in Opera, Kansas-born Joyce DiDonato entrances audiences across the globe, 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, she 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 varied and highly acclaimed discography. She is also widely celebrated for the bel canto roles of Rossini and Donizetti.

Joyce’s exciting 2022/2023 season includes further touring of her newly released album EDEN around Europe and the USA with Il Pomo d’Oro and Maxim Emelyanychev, Virginia Wolf in The Metropolitan Opera’s world-premiere production of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts’s The Hours, Patricia Westertord in Tod Machover's Overstory Overture at Alice Tully Hall in New York and Seoul Arts Center in South Korea and a residency at Musikkollegium Winterthur.

Recent highlights have included European tours of her baroque-inspired programme My Favourite Things with Il Pomo d’Oro, in cities including Edinburgh, Salzburg, Bucharest, Barcelona, Antwerp and Lisbon, as well as her Winterreise and In My Solitude recital programmes with pianist and long-time collaborator Craig Terry. She also returned to the Royal Opera House Covent Garden as Irene in Handel’s Theodora alongside Julia Bullock and Jakub Józef Orliński.

In opera, her recent roles include Agrippina at the Metropolitan Opera and in a new production at the Royal Opera House, Didon Les Troyens at the Vienna State Opera; Sesto, Cendrillon and Adalgisa Norma at the Metropolitan Opera, Agrippina in concert with Il Pomo d’Oro under Maxim Emelyanchev; Sister Helen Dead Man Walking at the Teatro Real Madrid and London’s Barbican Centre; Semiramide at the Bavarian State Opera and Royal Opera House, and Charlotte Werther at the Royal Opera.

Much in demand on the concert and recital circuit, she has held residencies at Carnegie Hall and at London’s Barbican Centre, toured extensively in the United States, South America, Europe and Asia and appeared as guest soloist at the BBC’s Last Night of the Proms. Other concert highlights include the Berlin Philharmonic under Sir Simon Rattle, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique under Sir John Eliot Gardiner, the Philadelphia Orchestra under Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America under Sir Antonio Pappano.

An exclusive recording artist with Warner Classics/Erato, her expansive discography includes Les Troyens which in 2018 won the Recording (Complete Opera) category at the International Opera Awards, the Opera Award at the BBC Music Magazine Awards and Gramophone’s Recording of the Year, and Handel’s Agrippina which won the Gramophone Opera Recording and Limelight Opera Recording of the Year awards in 2020. Her other albums include her celebrated Winterreise with Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Songplay, In War & Peace which won the 2017 Best Recital Gramophone Award, Stella di Napoli, her Grammy Award-winning Diva Divo and Drama Queens. Other honours include the Gramophone Artist of the Year and Recital of the Year awards, and an induction into the Gramophone Hall of Fame.


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