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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 and in Plácido Domingo’s 2012 Operalia concert. She returns in the 2015/16 Season to sing Charlotte (Werther).

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

Watch: Janet Baker and Joyce DiDonato discuss their stellar careers

Watch: Janet Baker and Joyce DiDonato discuss their stellar careers

22 June 2016

Two of opera's greatest stars share their thoughts on the art form and how it has evolved over the past 60 years, as well as what it needs to do to survive.

Massenet’s <em>Werther</em> to be relayed live to cinemas on 27 June 2016

Massenet’s Werther to be relayed live to cinemas on 27 June 2016

21 June 2016

Join presenter Simon Callow as the French opera starring Joyce DiDonato and Vittorio Grigòlo is broadcast to over 25 countries worldwide.

Your Reaction: Massenet's <em>Werther</em>

Your Reaction: Massenet's Werther

20 June 2016

What did you think of Benoît Jacquot’s Royal Opera production of Massenet’s operatic tragedy?

Photos

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

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

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

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

Joyce DiDonato as Charlotte and Heather Engebretson as Sophie in Werther, Royal Opera House

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

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

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

Joyce DiDonato in Maria Stuarda, The Royal Opera

Joyce DiDonato in rehearsals for Maria Stuarda

Joyce DiDonato in masterclass with Rachel Kelly

Rachel Kelly performs for Joyce DiDonato in masterclass

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 Elena in La donna del Lago

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

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

Joyce DiDonato

Joyce DiDonato

Portrait of Joyce DiDonato

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

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

Joyce DiDonato in Cendrillon

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

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