5 February 2014 at 11.18am | Comment on this article
American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato has been honoured in the 2014 What's On Stage Opera Poll, winning the award for Outstanding Achievement in a Main Role for her performance in John Fulljames's Royal Opera production of La donna del lago.
The awards are determined by public vote and this year saw 15,000 pick their favourite artists and productions from the previous 12 months.
Other winners included Glyndebourne's Billy Budd and The Rape of Lucretia, Aldeburgh Festival's Grimes on the Beach, and director Aylin Bozok for her production of Pelléas et Mélisande at the Arcola Theatre. The Royal Opera House's imaginative pricing policy when programming new or challenging operas was the runner up in the Outstanding Contribution to the UK Operatic Scene category.
As well as her acclaimed performance in La donna del Lago, 2013 also saw Joyce perform at the last night of the BBC Proms.
Joyce will return to the Royal Opera House in May 2014, singing the title role in Maria Stuarda.