About Joyce DiDonato


Diva, Divo

Joyce DiDonato's new CD is scheduled for release in the United States on January 25, 2011.

Track Listings 1. Chérubin: Je suis gris! Je suis ivre! 2. Giunse alfin il omento... - Le Nozze di Figaro 3. Deh, vieni, non tardar- Le Nozze di Figaro 4. Se mai senti spirarti sul volto- La Clemenza di Tito 5. Ecco il punto, o Vitellia- La Clemenza di Tito 6. Non più di fiori- La Clemenza di Tito 7. Voi che sapete- Le Nozze di Figaro 8. Il barbiere di Siviglia: Contro un cor- Il Barbiere di Siviglia, '(The) Barber of Seville' 9. Faust: Faites-lui mes aveux 10. La Damnation de Faust: D'amour l'ardente flamme- La Damnation de Faust Op. 24 11. Roméo et Juliette: Premiers transports que nul n'oublie 12. I Capuleti e i Montecchi: Ascolta! Se Romeo t'uccise un figlio...- La tremenda ultrice spada 13. Cendrillon: Allez, laissez-moi seul...- Coeur sans amour, printemps sans roses 14. La Cenerentola: Nacqui all'affanno 15. Ariane: Ô frêle corps... Chère Cypris 16. Ariadne auf Naxos: Seien wir wieder gut!

Product description:

Joyce DiDonato's capacity for characterization is as astounding as the range and flexibility of her voice. This new collection showcases DiDonato's multi-faceted art, and the wealth of opportunities open to a mezzo-soprano by presenting her as different characters- both male and female- from the same opera story.

As DiDonato explains: "This recital celebrates the vast and fabulous world of the mezzo-soprano. Aside from the obvious Toscas or Cio-Cio Sans, I've never regretted the length of my vocal cords! I have the privilege and unmitigated joy of playing boys and young men, as well as girls and grown women ... It's an exploration of the human palette of emotions."

The program features several roles that DiDonato has sung on stage, such as Rossini's Cenerentola, Bellini's Romeo, and Mozart's Cherubino. The 'flip sides' of those characters are roles that have not been featured in her repertoire: the Prince from Massenet's Chérubin; the Nurse from Berlioz's Roméo et Juliette, and both Chérubin (from Massenet's 'sequel' to Le nozze di Figaro) and Susanna. The Figaro connection continues with an excerpt from Il barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina, of course, later becomes Countess Almaviva), while the other operas on the program, include La clemenza di Tito (Sesto and Vitellia), Faust, La Damnation de Faust, Mefistofele, Orphée et Eurydice, Orfeo, and Orphée aux Enfers.

Accompanying Joyce DiDonato in this tour de force is the Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Lyon under the company's Principal Conductor Kazushi Ono, another artist who successfully embraces an extraordinary diversity of musical idioms.

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"It's playful, as well as an ideal vehicle for her glorious mezzo voice in which the most fiendish coloratura ornaments and trills sound effortless."--Fiona Maddocks, The Observer, at



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