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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.

Videos

News and features

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.

Watch: Joyce DiDonato on performing Il barbiere di Siviglia with a broken leg

Watch: Joyce DiDonato on performing Il barbiere di Siviglia with a broken leg

31 July 2014

The American mezzo-soprano on a night that has passed into operatic legend.

Your reaction: Maria Stuarda

Your reaction: Maria Stuarda

6 July 2014

What did you think of Moshe Leiser's and Patrice Caurier's arresting new production of Donizetti's Tudor tragedy?

Joyce DiDonato, John Tomlinson and Written on Skin win RPS Music Awards

Joyce DiDonato, John Tomlinson and Written on Skin win RPS Music Awards

14 May 2014

Other winners include Daniel Barenboim, Welsh National Opera and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Joyce DiDonato, Michael Volle, George Benjamin and The Royal Opera's Elektra shortlisted for RPS Music Awards 2014

Joyce DiDonato, Michael Volle, George Benjamin and The Royal Opera's Elektra shortlisted for RPS Music Awards 2014

15 April 2014

List of previous winners reads like a who's who of classical music.

Photos

Jeremy Carpenter as Guglielmo Cecil and 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 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 and Juan Diego Flórez as Uberto in La donna del lago

Curtain calls

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

Backstage on the opening night of Cendrillon: Joyce DiDonato runs off stage

Joyce DiDonato as Cendrillon, Eglise Gutiérrez as La Fée 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

Joyce DiDonato as Cendrillon in The Royal Opera's Cendrillon

Joyce DiDonato in Maria Stuarda, The Royal Opera

Joyce DiDonato as Maria Stuarda in Maria Stuarda

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

Peter Dineen as the Executioner and Joyce DiDonato as Maria Stuarda in Maria Stuarda

Joyce DiDonato as Maria Stuarda in Maria Stuarda

Joyce DiDonato

Rachel Kelly performs for Joyce DiDonato in masterclass

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, Betrand de Billy and Eglise Gutierrez

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

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

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

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

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

Curtain calls - Joyce DiDonato

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

Joyce DiDonato as Cendrillon in The Royal Opera's Cendrillon

Joyce DiDonato as Maria Stuarda, Matthew Rose as Giorgio Talbot and Kathleen Wilkinson as Anna Kennedy in Maria Stuarda