Il Pomo d‘Oro, Maxim Emelyanychev – conductor
Up till 2013, we knew the famous American mezzosoprano Joyce DiDonato only from the Live in HD broadcasts from the Met: As Rosina from Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, Page Isolier from Rossini’s Comte Ory, Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda and the witch Sycorax from the baroque pasticcio The Magic Island. She finally made her Prague debut on 5th November 2013 within the Nachtigall Artists World Opera Stars series, and she completely enchanted the sold out Dvořák Hall of the Rudolfinum. “DiDonato’s Prague debut was a dazzling experience. Her recital was an excellent showcase of the very best that a female voice can do and express. It was a completely delightful evening...“ (Review in Hudební rozhledy Magazine).
Joyce DiDonato is one of the most remarkable artists of today’s opera scene. The New Yorker called her “perhaps the most convincing singer of her generation “, while Times compared her voice to „24-carat gold “. Joyce DiDonato was born and raised in Kansas. She graduated from the Wichita State University and the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia; she was a member of the programs for young artists at the opera houses in San Francisco, Houston and Santa Fe. During the 18 years of her professional career, performing at the most prestigious opera scenes, DiDonato assumed a vast repertoire, while her key composers are Handel, Mozart, and the Italian Bel Canto “holy trinity” – Rossini, Bellini and Donizetti. She is also a sought-after concert artist; during the most recent seasons, she performed at Carnegie Hall, Barbican Centre, on stages in Europa and Asia, she also did a South-American Tour. In September 2013, she was a guest at the famous Last Night of Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, London.
Her artistic engagements for 2015/16 included Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni on a Japanese tour with Covent Garden, London; title role of the American opera diva Arden Scott in the world premiere of Jake Heggie’s Great Scott (30th October 2015 in Dallas Opera) and Elena in Rossini’s La donna del lago at the Metropolitan Opera. In May and June 2016, she was Romeo in Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi at Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona and she made her role debut as Charlotte in Massenet’s Werther in Covent Garden alongside Vittorio Grigòlo’s Werther and under the baton of Sir Antonio Pappano.
Joyce DiDonato records exclusively for Erato/Warner Classics. Her last recording Tony & Joyce – Live at Wigmore Hall – a concert with Antonio Pappano as a pianist received a 2016 Grammy Award for Best Solo Album. She received the same award in 2012 for her CD Diva Divo. Her other CD Drama Queens was also awarded and still is very popular. A reflection on the ten years of cooperation with Erato/Warner Classics resulted into CD ReJoyce! released in September 2013.
Many awards and honours of the artists include 2010 Gramophone Magazine Artists of the Year, Recoding of the Year from the same magazine in the same year for her CD Rossini: Colbran, the Muse. In 2012, she entered the Gramophone Hall of Fame. She received the prestigious Italian critics award Premio Franco Abbiati – the singer of the year, and three German Echo Klassik Awards for the singer of the year.