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Joyce DiDonato

Mezzo-Soprano

Biography

Joyce DiDonato in action.
Joyce DiDonato in Maria Stuarda, The Royal Opera © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2014

American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato made her Royal Opera debut in 2003 as Fox (The Cunning Little Vixen), and has since returned to sing Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Cendrillon, Elena (La donna del lago), Maria Stuarda and in Plácido Domingo’s 2012 Operalia concert.

DiDonato grew up in Kansas and studied music education at Wichita State University and singing at the Academy of Vocal Arts, Philadelphia, on the Santa Fe Opera’s Apprentice Singer programme (1995) and on San Francisco Opera’s Merola Young Artists programme (1997). She won second prize in Operalia 1998 and has since become one of the world's leading bel canto singers. Notable appearances include Composer (Ariadne auf Naxos), Sycorax (The Enchanted Island), Angelina (La Cenerentola), Isolier (Le Comte Ory) and Maria Stuarda for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Cendrillon for the Liceu, Barcelona, Rosina for Vienna State Opera, Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier) for La Scala, Milan, Idamante (Idomeneo) for Paris Opéra and Edinburgh Festival, Elena for Paris Opéra and Santa Fe Festival and Sister Helen Prejean (Heggie’s Dead Man Walking) and Béatrice (Béatrice et Bénédict) for Houston Grand Opera.

DiDonato appears regularly at the world’s leading concert halls and sang at the 2013 BBC Last Night of the Proms. Her wide discography includes seven solo albums. She was the 2010 Gramophone Artist of the Year and won a Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Solo in 2012.

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News and features

International Opera Awards 2015 finalists announced

International Opera Awards 2015 finalists announced

27 March 2015

A host of Royal Opera-affiliated artists have been shortlisted.

Recommended recordings: October 2014

Recommended recordings: October 2014

8 October 2014

This month the focus falls on new recordings by Joyce DiDonato, Jonas Kaufmann and Franco Fagioli.

The Royal Opera to tour to Japan in September 2015

The Royal Opera to tour to Japan in September 2015

29 August 2014

Company to perform Macbeth and Don Giovanni in Tokyo, conducted by Antonio Pappano.

Photos

Joyce DiDonato as Maria Stuarda in Maria Stuarda

Joyce DiDonato as Maria Stuarda and Carmen Giannattasio as Elisabetta in Maria Stuarda

Joyce DiDonato as Maria Stuarda in Maria Stuarda

Joyce DiDonato as Maria Stuarda in Maria Stuarda

Joyce DiDonato as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, The Royal Opera

9 December: Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez in La donna del lago in May 2013

Rachel Kelly performs for Joyce DiDonato in masterclass

Joyce DiDonato

Curtain calls

Backstage on the opening night of Cendrillon: Cinderella and Prince Charming, Alice Coote and Joyce DiDonato

Backstage on the opening night of Cendrillon: Joyce DiDonato and Eglise Gutierrez

Joyce DiDonato as Cendrillon, Alice Coote as Le Prince Charmant in The Royal Opera's Cendrillon

Joyce DiDonato as Cendrillon in The Royal Opera's Cendrillon

Joyce DiDonato in Maria Stuarda, The Royal Opera

Jeremy Carpenter as Guglielmo Cecil and Joyce DiDonato as Maria Stuarda in Maria Stuarda

Carmen Giannattasio as Elisabetta and Joyce DiDonato as Maria Stuarda in Maria Stuarda

Joyce DiDonato in La donna del lago, The Royal Opera

Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez in rehearsal for La donna del lago

Joyce DiDonato as Elena in La donna del Lago

Daniela Barcellona as Malcom and Joyce DiDonato as Elena in La donna del lago

Joyce DiDonato as Elena and Juan Diego Flórez as Uberto in La donna del lago

Joyce DiDonato

Curtain calls - Joyce DiDonato

Backstage on the opening night of Cendrillon: Cinderella and Prince Charming, Alice Coote and Joyce DiDonato

Backstage on the opening night of Cendrillon: Joyce DiDonato and Bertrand de Billy

Backstage on the opening night of Cendrillon: Joyce DiDonato and red-faced flunkies

Joyce DiDonato as Cendrillon, Alice Coote as Le Prince Charmant in Cendrillon

Joyce DiDonato as Maria Stuarda and Ismael Jordi as Roberto, Conte di Leicester in Maria Stuarda

Ismael Jordi as Roberto, Conte di Leicester and Joyce DiDonato as Maria Stuarda in Maria Stuarda

Joyce DiDonato in Cendrillon

Simón Orfila as Duglas and Joyce DiDonato as Elena in La donna del lago

Curtain calls - Eglise Gutierrez

Backstage on the opening night of Cendrillon: Laurent Pelly and Joyce DiDonato

Backstage on the opening night of Cendrillon: Joyce Didonato, Betrand de Billy and Eglise Gutierrez

Joyce Joyce DiDonato as Cendrillon and The Royal Opera Chorus in The Royal Opera's Cendrillon

Kai Rüütel as Dorothée, Ewa Podles as Madame de la Haltière, Madeleine Pierard as Noémie in The Royal Opera's Cendrillon