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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), Semiramide and in Plácido Domingo’s 2012 Operalia concert and a recital with Antonio Pappano. In the 2019/20 Season she sings the title role of Agrippina.

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), Maria Stuarda, Cendrillon, Adalgisa (Norma) and Sesto (La clemenza di Tito) for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Cendrillon for the Liceu, Barcelona, Didon (Les Troyens) 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, Sister Helen Prejean (Heggie’s Dead Man Walking) for Teatro Real, Madrid, Romeo (I Capuleti e i Montecchi) in concert for Deutsche Oper Berlin and Agrippina in concert in Spain and France.

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, in 2015 and 2017 won Female Singer of the Year at the ECHO Klassik Awards, in 2017 won a Gramophone Award and in 2018 won the Handel Music Prize and an Olivier Award for outstanding achievement in opera.

Videos

News and features

Olivier Awards 2018: The Royal Ballet's Flight Pattern and The Royal Opera's Semiramide win

9 April 2018
Olivier Awards 2018: The Royal Ballet's <em>Flight Pattern</em> and The Royal Opera's <em>Semiramide</em> win

The Royal Opera House won three awards at this year's ceremony.

Watch: Joyce DiDonato gives a vocal masterclass to young singers

9 February 2018
Watch: Joyce DiDonato gives a vocal masterclass to young singers

Tips and unique insights from one of the world's top opera singers.

Watch: Insights into Rossini's Semiramide with Joyce DiDonato

10 November 2017
Watch: Insights into Rossini's <em>Semiramide</em> with Joyce DiDonato

Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of The Royal Opera's upcoming production of Rossini's epic tragedy.

Photos

Joyce DiDonato in rehearsal for Agrippina, The Royal Opera

Production photo of Agrippina, The Royal Opera

Production photo of Agrippina, The Royal Opera

Production photo of Agrippina, The Royal Opera

Production photo of Agrippina, The Royal Opera

Production photo of Agrippina, The Royal Opera

Joyce DiDonato as Agrippina in Agrippina, The Royal Opera

Joyce DiDonato as Agrippina in Agrippina, The Royal Opera

Joyce DiDonato as Agrippina and Lucy Crowe as Poppea in Agrippina, The Royal Opera

Joyce DiDonato as Agrippina and Eric Jurenas as Narcisco in Agrippina, The Royal Opera

Joyce DiDonato as Agrippina and Franco Fagioli as Nerone in Agrippina, The Royal Opera

Joyce DiDonato in The Royal Opera's Semiramide

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

Joyce DiDonato as Agrippina in Agrippina, The Royal Opera

Lucy Crowe as Poppea and Joyce DiDonato as Agrippina in Agrippina, The Royal Opera

Andrea Mastroni as Pallante and Joyce DiDonato as Agrippina in Agrippina, The Royal Opera

Joyce DiDonato as Agrippina in Agrippina, The Royal Opera

Production photo of Agrippina, The Royal Opera

Gianluca Buratto as Claudio and Joyce DiDonato as Agrippina in Agrippina, The Royal Opera

Production photo of Agrippina, The Royal Opera

Joyce DiDonato as Agrippina in Agrippina, The Royal Opera

Production photo of Agrippina, The Royal Opera

Andrea Mastroni as Pallante and Joyce DiDonato as Agrippina in Agrippina, The Royal Opera

Joyce DiDonato as Agrippina and Franco Fagioli as Nerone in Agrippina, The Royal Opera