Joyce’s new album Stella di Napoli out today!

Joyce’s new album Stella di Napoli out today!

Critics are sharing their enthusiastic responses to Joyce DiDonato’s latest album on the Warner Classics label, Stella di Napoli (Star of Naples). This recording highlights the music of several Italian composers including Bellini, Rossini, Donizetti, and Pacini, as well as lesser-known arias by Mercadante, Carafa, and Pacini. Joyce worked in close collaboration with Italian conductor Riccardo Minasi to bring this exciting project to life, with many of the arias featured as new editions and world premiere recordings. Read more …

South American recital tour

South American recital tour

Joyce heads to South America for a recital tour with pianist and frequent collaborator David Zobel this month. They will perform at some of the South America’s most beautiful and renowned venues, beginning with the Teatro Municipal de Santiago on August 13, and ending with the Teatro Municipal Rio de Janeiro on August 28. Additional performances take place in Montevideo on August 15, Buenos Aires on August 18 & 20, and Sao Paolo on August 24 & 25.

Joyce DiDonato to receive an Honorary Doctorate from Juilliard and deliver the commencement speech at 109th Commencement Ceremony

Joyce DiDonato to receive an Honorary Doctorate from Juilliard and deliver the commencement speech at 109th Commencement Ceremony

On Friday, May 23, Joyce will receive an Honorary Doctor of Music degree at Juilliard’s 109th Commencement Ceremony, at 11am EST in Alice Tully Hall. The ceremony will be streamed live at live.juilliard.edu. In addition to this incredible honor, Ms. DiDonato will also give the commencement address to Juilliard’s graduating class of 289 students (130 undergraduate and 159 graduate), and joins an esteemed list of former speakers, including musician and composer Wynton Marsalis, actress Laura Linney, composer John Adams and playwright Terrence McNally.

The Juilliard School’s tradition of presenting honorary degrees dates back to 1987, and this year several other artists will be conferred with honorary degrees, including actress Viola Davis, architect Frank Owen Gehry, composer Philip Glass, choreographer Lar Lubovitch and musician and composer Marcus Roberts. Two philanthropists, Bruce and Suzanne F. Kovner, will also receive Honorary Doctorates to commemorate their support of arts education.

Joyce (a Kansas native) will also receive an Honorary Doctor of Arts degree from the University of Kansas this year, citing her notable contributions to the field of opera and opera education.

Broadway Battles Bullying benefit

Broadway Battles Bullying benefit

Joyce joins Tony Award-winning Broadway star Laura Benati in performance at the Broadway Battles Bullying benefit in New York City on Monday, April 14 at 7pm. The Michael Morones Foundation’s mission is “to educate communities worldwide on the social development and well-being of our youth. The Foundation works to ensure children that they are loved while providing our youth support and equipping them with the necessary life skills to enjoy a successful life.”

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La Cenerentola at The Met

La Cenerentola at The Met

Mezzo-soprano star Joyce DiDonato will sing her first Met performances of one of her signature roles, the winsome heroine of Rossini’s adaptation of the Cinderella story, La Cenerentola, beginning April 21. The role of Don Ramiro will be shared by two leading bel canto tenors-rising star Javier Camarena, who made an acclaimed Met role debut last month as Elvino in Bellini’s La Sonnambula, and Juan Diego Flórez, one of the world’s foremost Rossini interpreters. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi returns to the podium to lead his first bel canto opera with the company. The cast also includes Alessandro Corbelli as Don Magnifico, the wicked stepfather; Luca Pisaroni as the wise Alidoro; and Italian baritone Pietro Spagnoli in his Met debut as Don Ramiro’s valet, Dandini. The May 10 matinee of La Cenerentola, in which Flórez stars opposite DiDonato, will be transmitted live as part of the Met’s Live in HD series, which now reaches more than 2,000 movie theaters in 66 countries around the world.

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