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Joyce DiDonato: Bio

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, Joyce 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.

Much in demand on the concert and recital circuit she has recently 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. Recent highlights include the Rotterdam Philharmonic under Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Berlin Philharmonic under Sir Simon Rattle, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Ricardo Muti, and extensive touring with Il pomo d'oro under Maxim Emelyanychev, as well as recitals with the Brentano Quartet at Wigmore Hall and with Pappano at The Royal Opera.

In opera, Joyce's recent roles include Sister Helen Dead Man Walkingat the Teatro Real Madrid and London's Barbican Centre, her first Didon Les Troyensunder John Nelsons in Strasbourg, her first Semiramidein a new production at the Bavarian State Opera, the title role in Ariodante on tour with the English Concert and Harry Bicket, Semiramideand Charlotte Wertherunder Pappano at The Royal Opera, and the title role in Cendrillon, Adalgisa Norma, Elena La donna del lagoat the Metropolitan Opera, as well as the title role in Maria Stuardafor the Metropolitan Opera, The Royal Opera and the Liceu Barcelona.

Joyce's 2018/19 season sees her first staged Didon Les Troyensat the Vienna State Opera, her Sesto at the Metropolitan Opera and Agrippina in concert with Il pomo d'oro. She will also perform at the BBC Proms and in Hamburg with the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique under Sir John Eliot Gardiner, with the Philadelphia Orchestra at Carnegie Hall under Nézet-Séguin, with Il pomo d'oro under Emelyanychev on tour to Moscow and Asia, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Muti, and the Accademia Santa Cecilia Orchestra under Pappano.   The season also sees the release of her latest major album on Warner SongPlaywhich will tour the United States, ‘Winterreise' in recital in Kansas City and Ann Arbor with Nézet-Séguin at the piano, and will culminate in a tour of the US and Europe with NYO USA under Pappano. 

An exclusive recording artist with Erato/Warner Classics, Joyce's most recent release Les Troyens has won theRecording (Complete Opera) category at the 2018 International Opera Awards, the Opera Award at the 2018 BBC Music Magazine Awards and is nominated in the Opera category at this year's Gramophone Awards. An extensive recording artist, other recent albums include In War & Peacewhich 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.

Last update: SOPHIE DAND / August 2018

1 Parisotti & Rosa: Se tu m'ami - Star vicino  
2 Torelli: Tu lo sai  
3 Wrubel & Magidson: The Masquerade Is Over  
4 Shearing & Weiss: Lullaby of Birdland  
5 Bock & Harnick: Will He Like Me?  
6 Caccini: Amarilli, mia bella  
7 Scheer: Lean Away  
8 Vivaldi: Col piacer della mia fede  
9 Vedro con mio diletto  
10 Ellington, DeLange & Mills: Solitude  
11 Conti: Quella fiamma  
12 Giordani: Caro mio ben  
13 Paisiello: Nel cor piu non mi sento  
14 Rodgers & Hart: With a Song in My Heart  
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Maria By Callas Q&A with Joyce DiDonato
Joyce DiDonato with El Sistema Greece and Il Pomo d'oro
Maria By Callas | Official US Trailer HD

Joyce DiDonato with Craig Terry, Charlie Porter, Chuck Israels, Jimmy Madison & Lautaro Greco

With her album Songplay, Joyce DiDonato takes a new and creative angle on vocal music from the Baroque and Classical periods, as well as from the 20th century. The 14 tracks on Songplay succeed in being simultaneously familiar and unexpected. The album serves up music by Vivaldi in both its customary Baroque purity and swinging to the heady rhythm of a samba. It brings a tango sizzle to an aria by Vivaldi's contemporary Marcello, and it plays with the voice of Bach in George Shearing's ‘Lullaby of Birdland'.   

"Songplay, as a title, suggests exactly what this album is," says the pianist Craig Terry, who developed the concept for the album along with Joyce DiDonato.

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