About Joyce DiDonato


Joyce DiDonato's maiden name was Flaherty.  Although her first marriage came to an end, she continued to use her first husband's surname professionally.  She is currently married to Italian conductor Leonardo Vordoni.  Source:  article by Janet A. Choi in Opera News of October 2007.

"Ms. DiDonato received her Bachelor of Arts degree in music education from Wichita State University in her native Kansas and studied at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. She resides with her husband, Leonardo Vordoni, in Kansas City, Missouri. "--press release of April 26, 2007, at


October 2014

Kansas City Star poll: Who should sing the national anthem during the World Series at Kauffman Stadium?


The book Living Opera by Joshua Jampol contains a chapter "Joyce DiDonato, or the wider connection."

The book Die Oper kocht: Weltstars am Herd: Die Lieblingsrezepte großer Stimmen contains recipes from 64 opera stars and numerous photographs.




Bach:  Mass in b minor

Handel - Hercules / Shimell, DiDonato, Spence, Bohlin, Ernman, Kirkbride, Christie, Les Arts Florissants

"Everyone looks terrific.  Joyce DiDonato's marvelous Dejanira dominates the proceedings, courageously tracing an arc from anguished loneliness through deadly jealousy to maddened despair.  Her ravishing singing, always dead on pitch and displaying a wealth of natural-sounding graces, decorations, flawless trills and coloratura runs, complements emotionally astute verbal shading in recits."--David Shengold, Opera News of April 2006.

Mozart: Don Giovanni

Rossini - Il Barbiere di Siviglia / Joyce DiDonato, Roberto Sacca, Dalibor Jenis, Carlos Chausson, Kristinn Sigmundsson, Bruno Campanella, Paris Opera

Rossini: Il Barbiere Di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) -- Flórez, DiDonato, Spagnoli, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Rossini: La Cenerentola

Rossini: Stabat Mater


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