Concert Reviews

"This vivacious soprano, a natural stage animal, drew her audience in with her musical generosity, intelligence and esprit." - The Guardian
Drama Queens

Drama Queens

“THE QUEEN OF BAROQUE

DRAMA QUEENS is an ace of an evening for any venue! Indeed, the experience enters my own personal treasure chest of extraordinary performances in past decades, with names such as Schwarzkopf, Fischer-Dieskau, Vickers, Nilsson and Callas topping the list. Read more …

Recital: South America

Recital: South America

“THE BEST OF THE YEAR”

¡Qué lujo y qué banquete nos dimos anoche…!

¡Bueno con mayúsculas!

Su musicalidad, absolutamente increíble y de una perfección rayana en la obsesión.

Su legato es el más delicado que hemos oído en los últimos tiempos, su control del fiato es inexplicable en palabras…

Es simplemente perfecta en toda su extensión. 

Ya allí el público estalló como lo siguió haciendo durante todo el recital.

¡Que más se puede pedir!”  ~ Francisco Javier Bernales La Segunda August 2012

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Recital: Impressions of Venice

Recital: Impressions of Venice

“Joyce DiDonato is not just a singer, she’s a cheerleader carrying the torch for opera whenever she gets the chance.

On stage and in recital she’s Protean: she can do spitting fury in Handel, comedy in Donizetti, and when singing an aria designed for a castrato she can divest herself of all trace of femininity: the only constant is her perfect, golden tone. No wonder the Wigmore is having to put on a repeat of this recital, to cope with the demand.

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Homecoming: The Kansas City Symphony

Homecoming: The Kansas City Symphony

This palpable excitement in Helzberg Hall for the monumental concert to come fueled the brilliant evening of new and old works—performed, composed, and interpreted by some of the world’s leading musicians of our time. Read more …

Camille Claudel: Into the Fire, San Francisco Performances

Camille Claudel: Into the Fire, San Francisco Performances

DiDONATO PROVED AN IDEAL INTERPRETER

“As he has done for singers throughout his career, Heggie has made the cycle a glowing showcase for the vocalist. The writing for quartet — filled with insinuating themes and deft harmonies — sets the stage, but never intrudes. And the vocal parts are brilliant: spare and pristine in several settings, luxuriantly ornamented in others. This is a work that sings, ardently, melodically, and dramatically. (Cont…) Read more …

Les nuits d’été with NY Philharmonic

Les nuits d’été with NY Philharmonic

“ARTLESS … VAPOROUS … LILTING”

“DiDonato delivered an artlessly optimistic “Villanelle”, a vaporous ‘Le spectre de la rose” and a lilting “L’île inconnue” before bobbing off in the breeze to a land of undying love. Not that she had far to bob: the very walls of the Barbican hall, not to mention its inhabitants, were poised to embrace this adored diva whose modesty is an eternal miracle in itself.” ~ Fiona Maddocks The Guardian February 2012 Read more …

2011 Recital Tour

2011 Recital Tour

A TRILL RIDE

“She’s the hostess every American woman wants to be,” my friend said admiringly as the mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato charmed the audience at Carnegie Hall on Sunday afternoon with a stream of engaging commentary. Indeed, Ms. DiDonato seemed the perfect 21st-century diva — an effortless combination of glamour, charisma, intelligence, grace and remarkable talent.

~ Vivienne Schweitzer The New York Times March 2011

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Recital, The Edinburgh International Festival

Recital, The Edinburgh International Festival

Joyce DiDonato … with pianist David Zobel, chose an enchantingly quixotic programme of love songs in Italian, from Caccini to Pizzetti. Despite the flat, unhelpful lighting, this vivacious soprano, a natural stage animal, drew her audience in with her musical generosity, intelligence and esprit.

– Fiona Maddocks, The Guardian, August, 2010

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Norma in Concert, The Salzburg Festival

Norma in Concert, The Salzburg Festival

Joyce DiDonato, stunning in a low-cut, belted, pale-blue sheath with a diamond bracelet and her blond locks worn up, was the true heroine of the evening. With its distinctive, earthy timbre, her voice has sufficient weight, rock-solid technique and elegant phrasing to make her a thrilling, perfect Adalgisa. Passionate and powerful, she is the rare intelligent artist who can take a repeated phrase such as “Deh! proteggimi, o Dio!” and make it mean something different each time.

- Larry Nash, Opera News, Novermber, 2012

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