★★★★★ "In the title-role, Joyce DiDonato is wonderfully expressive in her big aria “Bel raggio”"
The Telegraph, 2017
Joyce DiDonato wins Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera for her performance in Semiramide at the Royal Opera House alongside mezzo-soprano Daniela Barcellona, with the production winning the Olivier Award for Best New Opera Production.
Joyce DiDonato was awarded an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera for her performance in Semiramide at the Royal Opera House alongside mezzo-soprano Daniela Barcellona. The production of Semiramide, directed by David Alden, won the Olivier Award for Best New Opera Production following its succesful run of performances last year. Watch Joyce presenting insights into Semiramide at the Royal Opera House here.
Multi Grammy Award winner of the 2016 Best Classical Solo Vocal Album (Joyce and Tony: Live at Wigmore Hall) and the 2012 Best Classical Vocal Solo, Kansas-born Joyce DiDonato entrances audiences and critics across the globe in operas by Rossini, Handel and Mozart and as a fierce advocate for the arts. Joyce has been honoured as the 2017 ECHO Klassik Female Singer of the Year.
Joyce’s acclaimed discography also includes Grammy-Award-winning Diva Divo, Drama Queens, ReJoyce!, and Stella di Napoli (Erato/Warner Classics). Other honours include the Gramophone Artist of the Year and Recital of the Year Awards, three previous German ECHO Klassik Awards for Female Singer of the Year, an induction into the Gramophone Hall of Fame, and Best Female Singer of the Year at the 2016 Spanish Opera Awards Premios Líricos Teatro Campoamor. Opera highlights in Joyce’s 2017/18 season include Cendrillon and her first Adalgisa Norma for the Metropolitan Opera, a return to the Royal Opera House as Semiramide under Sir Antonio Pappano, and the role of Sister Helen in Heggie’s Dead Man Walking at the Teatro Real Madrid and in a staged performance at the Barbican Centre with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
In concert, Joyce will join the Rotterdam Philharmonic under Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Berlin Philharmonic under Sir Simon Rattle, and the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra under Michael Stern. She will also tour throughout Europe with Il Pomo d’Oro performing In War & Peace and give recitals at London’s Wigmore Hall with the Brentano Quartet and at the Royal Opera House with Pappano accompanying.
Agrippina is a woman on a mission: the stakes are love, death, and supreme power. Joyce DiDonato stars in Handel’s first operatic masterpiece.
Handel’s youthful tragi-comedy caused a sensation in Carnival season in Venice in 1709: it’s only fitting that this concert performance features vocal superstars like Joyce DiDonato and Franco Fagioli. And Maxim Emelyanychev and Il Pomo d’Oro won’t hold back, either.
It’s not the first time DiDonato has played a Handel heroine at the Barbican, but her chemistry with Maxim Emelyanychev and Il Pomo d’Oro has to be heard to be believed – that’ll be why their recent album together, War and Peace, won a Gramophone Award. This is Baroque opera at its most passionate and its most brilliant: an unquestioned highlight of our Il Pomo d’Oro focus.
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