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
In War & Peace: Harmony Through Music / DiDonato
Release Date: 11/04/2016   Label: Erato  
Catalog: 2-557754   Number of Discs: 1
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Handel: Hercules / DiDonato, Christie, Les Arts Florissants
Release Date: 04/29/2016   Label: Bel Air Classiques  
Catalog: 213   Number of Discs: 2
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Rossini: La Cenerentola / Zedda, Didonato, Et Al
Release Date: 09/20/2005   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8660191-92   Number of Discs: 2
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Mark Adamo: Little Women / Summers, Novacek,  Joyce Didonato, Shelton, Tappan
Release Date: 10/26/2010   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 2110613   Number of Discs: 1
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Mark Adamo: Little Women / Summers, Novacek, Joyce Didonato, Shelton, Tappan
Release Date: 11/16/2010   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 0007   Number of Discs: 1
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    In War & Peace: Harmony Through Music / DiDonato
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 2-557754 Release Date: 11/04/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Leonardo Leo,  Henry Purcell,  Niccolň Jommelli  ... 
    Performer:  Joyce DiDonato
    Conductor:  Maxim Emelyanychev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Pomo D’oro
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    Mozart 225: The New Complete Edition
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002549202 Release Date: 10/28/2016   Number of Discs: 200
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Montserrat Caballé,  David Busch,  Amandine Beyer,  Daniel Barenboim  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Benjamin Britten,  Trevor Pinnock,  Christopher Hogwood  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Academy of Ancient Music,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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    Bellini: I Capuleti e i Montecchi / DiDonato, Luisi, Zurich Opera House
    Label: Accentus   Catalog: ACC20353 Release Date: 09/30/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini
    Performer:  Benjamin Bernheim,  Joyce DiDonato,  Olga Kulchynska,  Roberto Lorenzi  ... 
    Conductor:  Fabio Luisi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Opera Chorus,  Philharmonia Zurich
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    Bellini: I Capuleti e i Montecchi / DiDonato, Luisi, Zurich Opera House [Blu-ray]
    Label: Accentus   Catalog: ACC10353 Release Date: 09/30/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini
    Performer:  Alexei Botnarciuc,  Olga Kulchynska,  Roberto Lorenzi,  Joyce DiDonato  ... 
    Conductor:  Fabio Luisi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Opera Chorus,  Philharmonia Zurich
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    Classical 2016
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 555937 Release Date: 06/10/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Giovanni Pacini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Antonio Pappano,  Anja [Soprano Vocal] Harteros,  Jonas Kaufmann,  Placido Domingo  ... 
    Conductor:  Marco Armiliato,  Nello Santi,  Gianandrea Noseda,  Carlo Rizzi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pygmalion,  Arcangelo,  L'Arpeggiata  ... 
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    Handel: Hercules / DiDonato, Christie, Les Arts Florissants
    Label: Bel Air Classiques   Catalog: 213 Release Date: 04/29/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Joyce DiDonato,  Malena Ernman,  Ingela Bohlin,  Simon Kirkbride  ... 
    Conductor:  William Christie
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
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    Handel: Hercules / DiDonato, Christie, Les Arts Florissants [Blu-ray]
    Label: Bel Air Classiques   Catalog: 513 Release Date: 04/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Toby Spence,  William Shimell,  Simon Kirkbride,  Ingela Bohlin  ... 
    Conductor:  William Christie
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
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    Belcanto Operas / San Francisco Opera
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 26155 Release Date: 04/08/2016   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti,  Vincenzo Bellini
    Performer:  Elizabeth Deshong,  Michael Fabiano,  Renée Fleming,  Vitalij Kowaljow  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Frizza
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Opera Orchestra,  San Francisco Opera Chorus
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    Sheffer: The Conference of the Birds / DiDonato, Moravian Philharmonic
    Label: Navona   Catalog: 6037 Release Date: 04/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jonathan Sheffer
    Performer:  Joyce DiDonato
    Conductor:  Jonathan Sheffer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Donizetti: Maria Stuarda / Didonato, Polenzani, Benini, Met Opera [blu-ray]
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 542246 Release Date: 12/04/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti
    Performer:  Matthew Polenzani,  Joyce DiDonato,  Elza van den Heever,  Joshua Hopkins  ... 
    Conductor:  Maurizio Benini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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    Rossini: Il Barbiere Di Siviglia / Florez, Didonato, Spagnoli [blu-ray]
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552753 Release Date: 12/04/2015   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Joyce DiDonato,  Pietro Spagnoli,  Juan Diego Flórez,  Ferruccio Furlanetto  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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    Mozart Recordings / Bruggen, Orchestra of the 18th Century
    Label: Glossa   Catalog: 921121 Release Date: 10/30/2015   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Thomas Zehetmair,  Ruth Killius,  Cyndia Sieden,  Teunis Van der Zwart  ... 
    Conductor:  Frans Brüggen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the 18th Century,  Netherlands Chamber Choir
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    Joyce & Tony - Live at Wigmore Hall / DiDonato, Pappano
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 551696 Release Date: 09/11/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Gioachino Rossini,  Francesco Santoliquido,  Ernesto De Curtis  ... 
    Performer:  Joyce DiDonato,  Antonio Pappano
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    Sacred Music  - Bach, Beethoven, Haydn / John Nelson  [4-dvd Set]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2075118 Release Date: 03/31/2015   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Lucy Crowe,  Jonathan Beyer,  Werner Güra,  Lisa Milne  ... 
    Conductor:  John Nelson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic,  Netherlands Radio Chamber Chorus,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe  ... 
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    Encores! - Great Performances at the Met
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002250109 Release Date: 02/03/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti,  Georges Bizet,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Natalie Dessay,  Alessandro Corbelli,  Juan Diego Flórez,  Joyce DiDonato  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine,  Marco Armiliato,  Maurizio Benini,  Yannick Nézet-Séguin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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    An Aids Quilt Songbook: Sing For Hope
    Label: Gpr Records   Catalog: 12014 Release Date: 11/18/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Kevin Oldham,  Robert Chesley,  Ricky I. Gordon,  Fred Hersch  ... 
    Performer:  Joyce DiDonato,  Kenneth Merrill,  Noah [Tenor Vocal] Stewart,  Nicole Cabell  ... 
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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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  • 19.
    Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Die Zauberflote / Royal Opera House
    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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  • 20.
    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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  • 21.
    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 / DiDonato
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 63656 Release Date: 09/02/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Pacini,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Michelle Carafa,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Joyce DiDonato,  Heloise [Mezzo-Soprano Vocal] Mas,  Jean-Michel Bertelli,  Remi [Tenor Vocal] Mathieu  ... 
    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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  • 24.
    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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  • 25.
    ReJoyce - The Best of Joyce DiDonato
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 341212 Release Date: 09/03/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Claudio Monteverdi,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Giovanni Porta  ... 
    Performer:  Patrizia Ciofi,  Joyce DiDonato,  Anna Netrebko,  Nabil Suliman
    Conductor:  Alan Curtis,  Christophe Rousset,  Emmanuelle Haďm,  Fabio Biondi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Complesso Barocco,  Les Talens Lyriques,  Le Concert D'Astrée  ... 
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