11/5/2013, Dvořák's hall at Rudolfinum, Prague
JOYCE DIDONATO – DRAMA QUEENS
Il Complesso Barocco
5th November 2013
“Ms. Joyce DiDonato seemed the perfect 21st-century diva — an effortless combination of glamour, charisma, intelligence, grace and remarkable talent.” – The New York Times
Grammy Award Winner Joyce DiDonato entrances audiences and critics alike across the globe. With a voice “nothing less than 24-carat gold” (The Times), she is among the world’s most enchanting performers and the winner of many honors including most recently the 2010 Gramophone Artist of the Year. DiDonato has soared to international prominence in operas by Rossini, Handel, and Mozart, as well as in high-profile world premieres. Her signature parts include Rossini’s La cenerentola and Il barbiere di Siviglia – her Rosina at the Metropolitan Opera won over audiences in New York and on cinema screens all over the world, and she was called “the best Rosina around” by the London Sunday Times for the portrayal.
Her growing discography has earned accolades far and wide. The Deepest Desire, her first solo disc, was awarded France’s Diapason d’or de l’année. It also includes a disc of Handel duets with soprano Patricia Ciofi, complete recordings of Rossini’s La cenerentola, Handel’s Radamisto and Alcina, Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini and DVDs of Hercules, La cenerentola and Il barbiere di Siviglia. In 2010 she was awarded with Klassik Echo Award Singer of the Year and in February 2012 she received her first Grammy for the Best Solo Album (Diva Divo).
This season she embarks on a tour with a recital programme called "Drama Queens," featuring Baroque arias sung by royal characters (recorded and released by Virgin Classics, November 2012). Operatic appearances include a reprise of the title role in Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda at the Metropolitan Opera, Romeo in Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, and Elena in Rossini's La donna del lago in London’s Covent Garden and Santa Fe.
On November 6, Musical America named Joyce DiDonato as the 2013 Vocalist of the year.