Joyce DiDonato

Biography

Born: February 13, 1969; Prairie Village, KS  
Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato began her career with a string of critically acclaimed debuts, including at La Scala and Covent Garden, as well as triumphs on concert and recital stages. She rose from virtual anonymity in 1999 to international stardom by 2002, becoming one of the most sought-after coloratura mezzo-sopranos of the early twenty-first century. As a coloratura mezzo, some of her greatest successes have come in Baroque repertoire, Read more particularly the operas of Handel, such as Alcina, Ariodante, Dejanira (Hercules), Elmira (Floridante), and Sesto (Giulio Cesare), and in Italian bel canto operas. Her performances are notable for the gleaming purity of her voice, her formidable technique, and her dramatically incisive characterizations. She is capable of projecting great power, as in Handel's Alcina, but is also excels in roles of lightness and humor, such as the heroines in Rossini's comedies. She has also sung many Mozart roles, including Cherubino (The Marriage of Figaro) and Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), and while she has steered clear of Verdi and Puccini, her repertory includes Berlioz, Bellini, and contemporary composers like Michael Daugherty (Grace Kelly in Jackie O) and Jake Heggie (Sister Helen in Dead Man Walking). Her recital repertory takes in a range of works, from Handel duets to Spanish songs to Fauré's Mélodies to Bernstein's and other American songs. DiDonato's recordings are available on Virgin Classics, EMI, Hyperion, Naxos, Avie, Archiv, and TDK.

DiDonato was born February 13, 1969, in Prairie Village, KS. She studied at Wichita State University, with the intention of teaching voice. By her 1992 graduation she had become interested in a career in opera and enrolled at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, with further training through programs at the opera companies in San Francisco, Santa Fe, and Houston. DiDonato had a string of successes in competitions, including a victory at the 1998 George London Competition, after which she gave her major debut at the Houston Grand Opera (1999) as Katerina Maslova in Tod Machover's Resurrection. Then came her spectacular 2000 debut at La Scala as Angelina in Rossini's La cenerentola, her stunning Rosina (Rossini's The Barber of Seville) at the Opéra Bastille in 2001, and her equally sensational Glyndebourne debut in 2003 as the Fox in Janácek's The Cunning Little Vixen.

DiDonato's first major Handel recordings soon appeared to wide acclaim: the 2005 EMI Radamisto, 2007 Archiv Produktion Floridante, and 2009 Archiv Produktion Alcina. DiDonato debuted at the Met in 2005, singing Cherubino in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, and she continued to woo international audiences with her 2006 debut at Madrid's Teatro Real as the Composer in Richard Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos. DiDonato's 2009 Virgin Classics recording, Furore, with conductor Christophe Rousset, has consistently drawn rave reviews while climbing high on the sales charts. Read less
Stella di Napoli / Joyce DiDonato
Release Date: 09/02/2014   Label: Erato  
Catalog: 63656   Number of Discs: 1
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Bellini: I Capuleti E I Montecchi / Didonato, Cabell, Pirgu, Frizza
Release Date: 10/28/2014   Label: Euroarts  
Catalog: 59668   Number of Discs: 2
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    Bellini:  I Capuleti E I Montecchi / Didonato, Cabell, Pirgu, Frizza [blu-ray]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 59664 Release Date: 10/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini
    Performer:  Saimir Pirgu,  Joyce DiDonato,  Eric Owens,  Nicole Cabell  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Frizza
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Opera Orchestra,  San Francisco Opera Chorus
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    Bellini: I Capuleti E I Montecchi / Didonato, Cabell, Pirgu, Frizza
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 59668 Release Date: 10/28/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini
    Performer:  Ao Li,  Nicole Cabell,  Eric Owens,  Joyce DiDonato  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Frizza
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Opera Orchestra,  San Francisco Opera Chorus
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    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 7155 Release Date: 10/28/2014   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Graciela Araya,  Rinat Shaham,  Ana James,  Dorothea Röschmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonio Pappano,  Sir Colin Davis,  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
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    Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Die Zauberflote / Royal Opera House [5-DVD Set]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1150 Release Date: 10/28/2014   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Graciela Araya,  Rinat Shaham,  Ana James,  Dorothea Röschmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonio Pappano,  Sir Colin Davis,  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
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    Jeunehomme - Mozart, Haydn Piano Concertos / Alexandre Tharaud
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 1172779 Release Date: 10/21/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Alexandre Tharaud,  Joyce DiDonato
    Conductor:  Bernard Labadie
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Violons du Roy
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    Mozart, Haydn: Jeunehomme
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 626268 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Alexandre Tharaud,  Joyce DiDonato
    Conductor:  Bernard Labadie
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Violons du Roy
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    Stella di Napoli / Joyce DiDonato
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 63656 Release Date: 09/02/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Pacini,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Michelle Carafa,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Heloise Mas,  Joyce DiDonato,  Jean-Michel Bertelli,  Nabil Suliman  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Minasi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra
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    Donizetti: Maria Stuarda / DiDonato, Polenzani, Benini, Met Opera
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 632035 Release Date: 04/22/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti
    Performer:  Elza van den Heever,  Joyce DiDonato,  Matthew Polenzani,  Joshua Hopkins  ... 
    Conductor:  Maurizio Benini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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    Here/After - Heggie: Songs Of Lost Voices / Didonato, Gunn, Trevigne, Costello
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186515 Release Date: 10/21/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jake Heggie
    Performer:  Carol Wincenc,  Jake Heggie,  Talise Trevigne,  Nathan Gunn  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alexander String Quartet
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    ReJoyce - The Best of Joyce DiDonato
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 341212 Release Date: 09/03/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Giovanni Porta,  Geminiano Giacomelli,  Giuseppe Maria Orlandini  ... 
    Performer:  Joyce DiDonato,  Patrizia Ciofi,  Anna Netrebko,  Nabil Suliman
    Conductor:  Christophe Rousset,  Alan Curtis,  Kazushi Ono,  Edoardo Müller  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques,  Il Complesso Barocco,  Lyon National Opera Orchestra  ... 
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    Archiv Produktion 1947-2013
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 001833572 Release Date: 06/18/2013   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Anonymous,  Adam de la Halle,  Raimbaut de Vaqeiras  ... 
    Performer:  Helmut Walcha,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Hermann Töttcher,  Maria Jung  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Ristenpart,  Fritz Lehmann,  Maurus Pfaff,  Safford Cape  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Karl Ristenpart Chamber Orchestra,  Bach Festival Orchestra,  Frankfurt Music School Chorus  ... 
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    Rogers & Hammerstein At The Movies / The John Wilson Orchestra
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 193012 Release Date: 04/09/2013   Number of Discs: `
    Composer:  Richard Rodgers
    Performer:  Joyce DiDonato,  Anna Jane Casey,  David Pittsinger,  Anne Jane Casey  ... 
    Conductor:  John Wilson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Wilson Orchestra
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    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 79914 Release Date: 11/19/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Giacomo Puccini,  Jake Heggie,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu,  Joyce DiDonato,  Philippe Jaroussky,  Rachel Frenkel  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Marco Armiliato,  Patrick Summers,  Jean-Christophe Spinosi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus,  English Concert,  tenThing (Brass Ensemble)  ... 
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    The Enchanted Island / Christie, DiDonato, De Niese, Domingo, Daniels
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 404249 Release Date: 11/19/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Various
    Performer:  Anthony Roth Costanzo,  Elizabeth Deshong,  Placido Domingo,  Joyce DiDonato  ... 
    Conductor:  William Christie
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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    The Voice / Philippe Jaroussky
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 2704 Release Date: 11/19/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  George Frideric Handel,  Nicolo Porpora,  Leonardo Leo  ... 
    Performer:  Philippe Jaroussky,  David Daniels,  Ian Bostridge,  Joyce DiDonato  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi,  Fabio Biondi,  Emmanuelle Haďm,  Jérémie Rhorer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus,  Artaserse Ensemble,  Europa Galante  ... 
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    Drama Queens / Joyce DiDonato
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 2654 Release Date: 11/06/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Maria Orlandini,  Giovanni Porta,  George Frideric Handel,  Reinhard Keiser  ... 
    Performer:  Joyce DiDonato
    Conductor:  Alan Curtis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Complesso Barocco
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    Mozart: Don Giovanni / D'Arcangelo, Damrau, Villazon, DiDonato, Nezet-Seguin, Mahler CO
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001724802 Release Date: 09/18/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Vitalij Kowaljow,  Konstantin Wolff,  Diana Damrau,  Ildebrando D'Arcangelo  ... 
    Conductor:  Yannick Nézet-Séguin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mahler Chamber Orchestra
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    Label: Simply   Catalog: 1206108 Release Date: 09/04/2012   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini,  George Frideric Handel,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Callas,  Joszef Mukle,  Alberto Cupido,  Graciela Alperyn  ... 
    Conductor:  Camerata Budapest,  László Kovács,  Martin Elmquist,  Alexander Rahbari  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scholars Baroque Ensemble,  I Solisti Italiani
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    Massenet: Cendrillon / De Billy, DiDonato, Coote, Podles, Lafont
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 2509 Release Date: 05/22/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jules Massenet
    Performer:  Alice Coote,  Ewa Podles,  Joyce DiDonato,  Jean-Philippe Lafont  ... 
    Conductor:  Bertrand De Billy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
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    Opera 2012
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001675802 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Umberto Giordano,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli,  Anna Netrebko,  Jonas Kaufmann,  Cecilia Bartoli  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Fabio Luisi,  Antonio Pappano,  Giovanni Antonini  ... 
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    Heggie: Dead Man Walking / Summers, Bruggergosman, Didonato, Von Stade
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 2463 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jake Heggie
    Performer:  Philip Cutlip,  Frederica Von Stade,  Joyce DiDonato,  Measha Brüggergosman
    Conductor:  Patrick Summers
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Houston Grand Opera Orchestra
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    Opera 2012
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 70954 Release Date: 04/03/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Diana Damrau,  Joyce DiDonato,  Rolando Villazón,  Roberto Alagna  ... 
    Conductor:  Dan Ettinger,  Kazushi Ono,  Marcello Viotti,  Evelino Pidň  ... 
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    Rossini: Le Comte Ory / Benini, Florez, Damrau, DiDonato, Degout
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 70959 Release Date: 04/03/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Michele Pertusi,  Stčphane Degout,  Juan Diego Flórez,  Joyce DiDonato  ... 
    Conductor:  Maurizio Benini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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    Classical 2012 / Angela Gheorghiu, David Fray, Alison Balsom, Jonas Kaufmann
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 6804032 Release Date: 01/10/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu,  Jonas Kaufmann,  Natalie Dessay,  Alison Balsom  ... 
    Conductor:  Marco Armiliato,  Antonio Pappano,  Emmanuelle Haďm,  Alison Balsom  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Ensemble,  Les Talens Lyriques,  I Barocchisti  ... 
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    Magic Moments Of Opera
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 107515 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Isobel Buchanan,  Placido Domingo,  Elena Obraztsova,  Yuri Mazurok  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber,  Theodor Guschlbauer,  Iván Fischer,  Nikolaus Harnoncourt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna State Opera Orchestra,  Paris National Opera Chorus  ... 
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