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Q&A: Joyce DiDonato

Send us your questions for the mezzo-soprano

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

17 May 2013 at 3.14pm | 20 Comments


Update: Read Joyce's answers to this Q&A


On Monday 20 May, mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato will be joining us for a live Q&A on Twitter at 5pm BST.

What we’ll be asking her is up to you, so send us your questions via the comments area below or on Twitter using the hashtag #AskJoyce. You might want to ask her about her favourite role, the current production of La donna del lago or what it's like performing in front of tens of thousands when an opera is relayed live to cinemas around the world.

Joyce is singing the role of Elena in John Fulljames's Royal Opera production of La donna del lago. She's previously sung at Covent Garden in The Cunning Little Vixen, Don Giovanni, Cendrillon, Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), which she memorably performed in a wheelchair after breaking her leg.

We’ll ask Joyce a selection of your questions from 5pm BST on the day, so make sure you follow us on Twitter before then. Recent Q&As include ‘twinterviews’ with The Royal Opera's John Tomlinson, The Royal Ballet’s Marianela Nunez and Thiago Soares, and Gary Avis.

What would you like to ask Joyce DiDonato?

Joyce is currently performing in La donna del lago, which will be relayed live to cinemas around the world on 27 May. Find your nearest cinema.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

17 May 2013 at 3.14pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged by John Fulljames, Facebook, Instagram, interview, Joyce DiDonato, La donna del lago, Q&A, Social Media, twitter

This article has 20 comments

  1. Is opera in the cinema the future?

  2. German Landis responded on 17 May 2013 at 4:56pm Reply

    Will you please spearhead a revival of Barber's Vanessa, and learn and sing the role of Erika? Would you be interested in that? I think that'd be a spectacular idea.

  3. Dasha Denisova responded on 17 May 2013 at 5:50pm Reply

    Dear Joyce!!! I'm such a big fan of yours!!! You're singing two Cinderellas: one is Rossini's and the other is Massenet's. Do you think they are similar or totally different characters? Which of them is easier for you to sing?

  4. Claire Deschamps responded on 17 May 2013 at 11:00pm Reply

    I want to know if sing bel canto serves it when you sing baroque and inversely ? Thanks.

    • Anthony Nathan responded on 18 May 2013 at 6:43am

      Enjoyed your performance last night. Can you help me (and all those sitting around us last night) - why is the role of Malcom played by a mezzosoprano rather than by a man?

  5. Is Semiramide in your future plans?
    And what about more Hasse and some Jommelli?
    There are some great masterpieces there waiting to be rediscovered.

  6. Regina responded on 18 May 2013 at 5:17am Reply

    What is your daily routine like vocally and physically? Are you a night owl?

  7. peter responded on 18 May 2013 at 7:38am Reply

    i have heard you sing in english and wonder if doing the British accent is as easy to do as you make it sound? Do you have a special person who helps you over here to make it so perfect?

  8. What Sopranos did Joyce DiDonato listen to while preparing the role of La Donna del lago?...

  9. Antigoni responded on 19 May 2013 at 12:01am Reply

    Dear Joyce,
    What is your practice routine? Do you practice daily? Could you describe what consists for you an effectice and essentiale practice time in studio? What would you recommend as healthy habits for a singer to keep him/herself in shape? Thank you so much for all your contribution to opera!!!

  10. Pepper responded on 19 May 2013 at 7:22am Reply

    ask Joyce. What is your opinion on your tumblr fans? Tumblr fans are by far the most expressive ones you could ask for.

  11. Ishtar Ra responded on 19 May 2013 at 5:16pm Reply

    So far I have only seen you in what I call "beautifull productions" . what do you think of "regie-theater" and do you consciously try to avoid (if that is at all possible, i don't know) being part of "euro trash"

  12. Sandra Juárez Osorio responded on 20 May 2013 at 2:34am Reply

    are you planning to come to México(specifically to Guadalajara)? what do you do when you forget your lines?

  13. Patricia Juárez Osorio responded on 20 May 2013 at 2:40am Reply

    did you ever take acting classes? because your performances are really touching, your characters seem to resurrect into you

  14. Leticia Trejo responded on 20 May 2013 at 3:09am Reply

    Have you ever had any trouble with castmates or with a director? How did you handle it? Thank you.

  15. Miryam responded on 20 May 2013 at 7:25am Reply

    When you listen to your own recordings, do you just listen or sing-along? If you sing-along, do you harmonize with yourself?
    I actually think that would be kind of fun. :-)

  16. Do you plan singing Armida and Semiramide some day?

  17. How important is acting in your enjoyment of what you do? Do you enjoy becoming somebody else on stage in addition to the wonderful music you sing? :-) And any more Berlioz in your future? Or Massenet? Can you imagine yourself one day be tempted by Les Troyens or Werther for example?

  18. Are there any exercises or vocalises you would suggest to improve agility and coloratura? Thanks!

  19. Hannah Ludwig responded on 20 May 2013 at 4:05pm Reply

    Dear Joyce,
    Are you a perfectionist? And how do you deal with the fear of failing?
    Thank you!

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