Joyce DiDonato is considered one of the most fearless and compelling vocal artists in opera. Her depth of interpretation of the works she performs are admired across the globe. As a strong advocate for the arts she is admired in the industry.
From a little city in Kansas, DiDonato thought she would want a career focusing on popular vocal music but her studies inspired her career in opera and led her to the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. Not long after graduation she completed many young artist programs with San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera Studio Program, and the Santa Fe Opera.
The American mezzo-soprano is from a musical family. Her father was a choir leader at a local church in Kansas where her mother was the church organist. DiDonato’s roots have provided her with much of her life’s passion creating a leading female voice of her generation.
Joyce DiDonato’s professional debut was as Katerina Maslova in the production of Machover’sResurrection in Houston in 1999. She debuted in Europe a year later as Angelina in Rossini’sLa Cenerentola. Her performances of repertoire by Handel and Mozart have led her to gain prominence as a singer.
The achievements in Joyce DiDonato’s career are notable and include winning second prize at the Placido Domingo Operalia competition in Hamburg in 1998 which was a vocal artist competition created by famous tenor,Placido Domingo . She has won multiple Grammy Awards including Best Classical Solo Vocal Album in 2016 and Best Classical Vocal Solo in 2012. Additional and well-deserved awards presented to her include Grampophone Artist of the Year and Recital of the Year, three-time winner of German Echo Klassik Female Singer of the Year and has been inducted into the Gramophone Hall of Fame.
Joyce DiDonato has an extensive discography with Erato/Warner Classics and has toured all over the world including notable performances with theBerlin Philharmonic Orchestra with Sir Simon Rattle and Seattle Symphony with Ludovic Morlot.
Joyce has held residencies as a vocal artist at both New York City’s Carnegie Hall and London’s Barbican Centre.
"Ms. Joyce DiDonato seemed the perfect 21st-century diva — an effortless combination of glamour, charisma, intelligence, grace and remarkable talent." – The New York Times
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