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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Carnegie Hall Perspectives: Joyce DiDonato

Carnegie Hall Perspectives: Joyce DiDonato

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato’s Perspectives series presents her wide range of interests and talents, all supported by the impeccable artistry, vibrant personality, and idealism that has made her an audience favorite.

Ms. DiDonato’s Perspectives begins in October 2014, when she sings the title role in a concert performance of Handel’s Alcina with The English Concert under the baton of Harry Bicket in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. She returns in November to perform a Venice-inspired recital with pianist David Zobel, featuring music that spans from the Baroque to the 20th century. Ms. DiDonato’s Perspectives series moves to Zankel Hall in February for a concert in collaboration with the Brentano String Quartet to include the New York premiere of Camille Claudel: Into the Fire by composer Jake Heggie, a frequent collaborator. The program includes the world premiere of lullabies, specially commissioned by Carnegie Hall and arranged by Mr. Heggie, featuring songs composed as part of the Lullaby Project—a series of songwriting workshops created by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute—that provides young expectant mothers throughout New York City the opportunity to write a lullaby for their child. Ms. DiDonato completes her Perspectives series in March in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage with The Philadelphia Orchestra and conductor Maurizio Benini, singing both beloved and rare bel canto arias and ensembles with close colleagues soprano Nicole Cabell and tenor Lawrence Brownlee.

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Joyce DiDonato Artist Spotlight at the Barbican

Joyce DiDonato Artist Spotlight at the Barbican

Described by Alex Ross in the New Yorker as ‘a singer not only of flair and power but of intelligence and taste’, Joyce DiDonato is the subject of this season’s artist spotlight. Opening with an exuberant evening of bel canto opera and closing with a glittering concert with the New York Philharmonic, the series takes in Handel’s Alcina and an intimate chamber recital and masterclass in Milton Court along the way, providing an unmissable opportunity to appreciate the many facets of ‘the perfect 21st-century diva’ (New York Times).

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