“The staggering, joyful artistry of Joyce DiDonato reminds us that in any generation there are a few giants. Joyce is not only a great, brave and inspiring artist – one of the finest singers of our time- but she is also a transformative presence in the arts. Those who know her repertoire are in awe of her gifts, and those who know nothing of it are instantly engaged. Joyce sings and the world is suddenly brighter. She compels us to listen actively, to hear things anew.” Jake Heggie, Gramophone 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.
Joyce DiDonato has performed with the world’s biggest orchestras and opera companies, and her interpretations of Mozart and Handel are peerless.
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 Walking at the Teatro Real Madrid and London’s Barbican Centre, her first Didon Les Troyens under John Nelsons in Strasbourg, her first Semiramide in a new production at the Bavarian State Opera, the title role in Ariodante on tour with the English Concert and Harry Bicket, Semiramide and Charlotte Werther under Pappano at The Royal Opera, and the title role in Cendrillon, Adalgisa Norma, Elena La donna del lago at the Metropolitan Opera, as well as the title role in Maria Stuarda for the Metropolitan Opera, The Royal Opera and the Liceu Barcelona.
An exclusive recording artist with Erato/Warner Classics, Joyce’s most recent release Les Troyens has won the Recording (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 & Peace which won the 2017 Best Recital Gramophone Award, Stella di Napoli, her Grammy-Award-winning Diva Divo and Drama Queens. Other honors include the Gramophone Artist of the Year and Recital of the Year awards, and an induction into the Gramophone Hall of Fame.