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




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, Joyce DiDonato, Juan Diego Flórez, Pietro Spagnoli, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, conducted by Antonio Pappano

Rossini: La Cenerentola


Upcoming performances




March 29, 2007

Wigmore Hall, recital

April 3, 2007

Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, recital

April 5, 2007

Salle Gaveau, Paris, recital

April 9, 2007

Teatro Real, Madrid, recital

April 11, 2007

Auditoria Eduardo del Pueyo, Zaragoza, Spain, recital

April 16, 2007

Grand Th��tre de Gen�ve, recital


April 26, 30, May 5, 11, 2007

Metropolitan Opera, Rosina in Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia


June 9, 15, 19, 21, 24, 27, and July 1, 2007

San Francisco Opera Der Rosenkavalier
Octavian (role debut)





Lyric Opera of Chicago, Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia:  12 performances February 16-March 22, 2008. With tenor Juan Diego Florez as Count Almaviva, mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato as Rosina, baritone Nathan Gunn as Figaro, bass-baritone Andrew Shore as Dr. Bartolo, bass-baritone Wayne Tigges as Don Basilio. The revival of Lyric's 1989 John Copley-designed production will be conducted by Donato Renzetti.


Wednesday March 26, 2008, at 8 p.m.

Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano

David Zobel, piano

Rose Theater, Lincoln Center, New York

Program to include works by Vivaldi, Rossini, Chausson, Bolcom, and Copland


May 24, 28, 31, June 2, 5, 8 (mat.), 11, and 15 (mat.), 2008

Op�ra Bastille, Paris

Romeo in Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi


Saturday, October 3, 2009, 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 8, 2009, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 10, 2009, 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 15, 2009, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 24, 2009, 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 31, 2009, 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 7, 2009, 8:30 p.m.
Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Metropolitan Opera, New York




Items at

Joyce DiDonato's blog Yankeediva