A multiple Grammy Award winner, Kansas-born mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato has earned international prominence in operas by Rossini, Handel, and Mozart, and serves the community as an arts advocate.
Ms. DiDonato’s 2016–17 plans include a season-opening gala concert with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ludovic Morlot. She also gives concerts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with Riccardo Muti and the Berlin Philharmonic with Yannick Nézet-Séguin, as well as a recital with Philippe Jordan in Paris. On the opera stage, she makes her role debut as Rossini’s Semiramide in a new production at the Bavarian Staatsoper conducted by Michele Mariotti; she also appears as Handel’s Ariodante on tour with the English Concert and Harry Bicket; Dido in Berlioz’s Les Troyens with John Nelsons in Strasbourg; and Sesto in Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito with Yannick Nézet-Séguin in Baden-Baden. Ms. DiDonato also makes her Off-Broadway debut in White Rabbit Red Rabbit, the internationally acclaimed play by Nassim Soleimanpour. The mezzo-soprano’s next major recording release is In War & Peace: Harmony Through Music; the November 2016 release is accompanied by a 20-city international tour that poses the question: in the midst of chaos, how do you find peace?
Her acclaimed discography also includes the Grammy Award–winning Diva Divo, Drama Queens, ReJoyce!, and Stella di Napoli (Erato/Warner Classics). Other honors include the Gramophone Artist of the Year and Recital of the Year awards, three ECHO Klassik Awards for Female Singer of the Year, induction into the Gramophone Hall of Fame, and Best Female Singer of the Year at the 2016 Premios Líricos Teatro Campoamor.
In-demand on the concert and recital circuit, she has recently held residencies at Carnegie Hall and at London’s Barbican Centre; toured extensively in South America, Europe, and Asia; and appeared as guest soloist at the BBC’s Last Night of the Proms.