Joyce DiDonato – Diva Divo (Opera Arias)
Kazushi Ono, Conductor
Orchestre De L’Opera National De Lyon
2012 GRAMMY AWARD WINNER: BEST CLASSICAL VOCAL SOLO
“Legato that defies gravity and singing that restores your faith in human nature…” ~ BBC Magazine
“This disc is a joy. [It] documents a major artist at the height of her powers and can hardly be recommended too warmly.” ~ The Classical Review
“Perhaps the best thing about this recital is that everything DiDonato sings sounds spontaneous, as if the character – her or himself – were actually experiencing it for the first time.” ~ Classics Today
Joyce DiDonato celebrates the rich dramatic variety of the mezzo-soprano voice in this collection of arias for different characters – of both sexes – from a single opera, or from different operatic treatments of the same story.
Joyce DiDonato’s capacity for characterisation is as astounding as the range and flexibility of her voice. As her Virgin Classics recitals of Handel and Rossini have proven, she can charm and touch as a good girl, seduce and seethe as a bad girl, and slip believably into the trousers of a hero. As Opera News said of the Rossini disc, ‘Colbran, The Muse’: “With her sure sense of line and colour, DiDonato takes possession of the repertory, mining every musical and vocal gesture to inhabit each character confidently … Her theatrical sense is magnificent. Musically and dramatically, the disc is perfection.”
This new collection showcases DiDonato’s multi-faceted art – and the wealth of opportunities open to a mezzo-soprano – by presenting her as different characters, both male and female, from the same opera or from different musical treatments of the same story.