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Joyce DiDonato

Mezzo-Soprano

Biography

Joyce DiDonato in action.
Joyce DiDonato as Charlotte in Werther, Royal Opera House © 2016 ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper

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, including on tour with The Royal Opera to Japan), Cendrillon, Elena (La donna del lago), Maria Stuarda, Charlotte (Werther) 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 Program (1995) and on San Francisco Opera’s Merola Young Artists Program (1997). She won second prize in Operalia in 1998 and has gone on to win international acclaim in bel canto and other repertories. Engagements 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), Béatrice (Béatrice et Bénédict) for Houston Grand Opera and Romeo (I Capuleti e i Montecchi) in concert for Deutsche Oper Berlin.

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, won a Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Solo in 2012 and in 2015 won Female Singer of the Year at the ECHO Klassik Awards.

Videos

News and features

Royal Opera broadcasts for autumn and winter 2016/17 announced

Royal Opera broadcasts for autumn and winter 2016/17 announced

25 August 2016

Upcoming radio broadcasts from Covent Garden include Così fan tutte, Norma and The Barber of Seville.

The opera Olympics: Why classical singers are like elite athletes

The opera Olympics: Why classical singers are like elite athletes

17 August 2016

Long training hours, fierce competition, only the strongest make it to the top – professional singing is the ultimate sporting feat.

Watch: Janet Baker and Joyce DiDonato's tips for singers

Watch: Janet Baker and Joyce DiDonato's tips for singers

6 July 2016

Two of the greatest mezzo-sopranos of recent times discuss what makes a great singer and offer their advice via a unique analogy.

Photos

Joyce DiDonato as Charlotte and David Bizic as Albert in Werther, The Royal Opera

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

Joyce DiDonato in Cendrillon

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

Curtain calls

Curtain calls - Joyce DiDonato

Backstage on the opening night of Cendrillon: Director Laurent Pelly and Joyce DiDonato (Cinderella)

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

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

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

Joyce DiDonato as Cendrillon in The Royal Opera's Cendrillon

Joyce DiDonato as Cendrillon in The Royal Opera's Cendrillon

Joyce DiDonato as Cendrillon in The Royal Opera's Cendrillon

Vittorio Grigòlo as Werther and Joyce DiDonato as Charlotte in Werther, The Royal Opera

Joyce DiDonato as Charlotte in Werther, Royal Opera House

Joyce DiDonato as Charlotte in Werther, Royal Opera House

Joyce DiDonato as Charlotte, Jonathan Summers as The Bailli and Vittorio Grigòlo as Werther in Werther, Royal Opera House

François Piolino as Schmidt, Yuriy Yurchuk as Johann, David Bizic as Albert and Joyce DiDonato as Charlotte in Werther, Royal Opera House

Joyce DiDonato in La donna del lago, The Royal Opera

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

Joyce DiDonato as Elena in La donna del lago

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

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

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

Joyce DiDonato as Cendrillon in The Royal Opera's Cendrillon

Vittorio Grigòlo as Werther and Joyce DiDonato as Charlotte in Werther, Royal Opera House

Joyce DiDonato as Charlotte in Werther, Royal Opera House

Joyce DiDonato as Charlotte and Vittorio Grigòlo as Werther in Werther, Royal Opera House

Jonathan Summers as The Bailli and Joyce DiDonato as Charlotte in Werther, Royal Opera House

Joyce DiDonato

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

Joyce DiDonato

Joyce DiDonato as Elena in La donna del Lago

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

Joyce DiDonato

Portrait of Joyce DiDonato