Joyce DiDonato http://wrti.org en Lyric Opera of Chicago on WRTI: Mozart's LA CLEMENZA DI TITO, July 5, 1 PM http://wrti.org/post/lyric-opera-chicago-wrti-mozarts-la-clemenza-di-tito-july-5-1-pm <p>Sex and power are front and center in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's riveting <em><strong>La Clemenza di Tito</strong></em>. Can a Roman emperor forgive a woman who either wants to marry him or murder him? And can he pardon the would-be assassin who's supposedly his best friend? Find out in this spellbinding opera broadcast on <strong>Saturday, July 5, 1 to 4 pm.</strong></p><p>http://youtu.be/GogOe2tw5v0</p><p><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_clemenza_di_Tito#Synopsis" target="_blank"><strong>Synopsis</strong></a></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 18:21:48 +0000 WRTI Staff 7471 at http://wrti.org Lyric Opera of Chicago on WRTI: Mozart's LA CLEMENZA DI TITO, July 5, 1 PM Read Joyce DiDonato's Inspiring Juilliard Commencement Speech http://wrti.org/post/read-joyce-didonatos-inspiring-juilliard-commencement-speech Star mezzo-soprano <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/16004057/joyce-didonato" target="_blank">Joyce DiDonato</a> gave the 2014 commencement address at Juilliard Friday — and it's a memorable one, both for her words and by DiDonato's own example as someone whose own career began under low heat.<p>DiDonato has <a href="http://www.joycedidonato.com/2014/05/27/the-juilliard-schools-109th-commencement-speech-joyce-didonato/" target="_blank">posted</a> the text of her speech on her own website, and it's well worth 10 minutes of your time, whether you're an aspiring artist or need a gentle reminder Wed, 28 May 2014 16:04:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 7347 at http://wrti.org Read Joyce DiDonato's Inspiring Juilliard Commencement Speech The Met Opera on WRTI: Rossini's LA CENERENTOLA (Cinderella), May 10, 1 PM http://wrti.org/post/met-opera-wrti-rossinis-la-cenerentola-cinderella-may-10-1-pm <p>The Metropolitan Opera's 2013/2014 broadcast season concludes this Saturday with Gioacchino Rossini's<strong><em> La Cenerentola, </em></strong>starring mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato in the title role, and tenor Juan Diego Flórez as her Prince Charming. Alessandro Corbelli and Luca Pisaroni complete the cast, with Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leading the effervescent score.<strong> Saturday, May 10, 1 to 4:30 pm.</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.metoperafamily.org/metopera/season/synopsis/la-cenerentola?customid=773" target="_blank"><strong>Synopsis</strong></a></p> Fri, 09 May 2014 19:33:17 +0000 WRTI Staff 7281 at http://wrti.org The Met Opera on WRTI: Rossini's LA CENERENTOLA (Cinderella), May 10, 1 PM Joyce DiDonato's Life On The Operatic A-List http://wrti.org/post/joyce-didonatos-life-operatic-list <div><p>The superstar mezzo-soprano<strong> Joyce DiD0nato </strong>is one of the world’s most in-demand opera singers. Here she tells WRTI’s Jim Cotter about how her life and career have unfolded since those faraway days at Philadelphia’s Academy of Vocal Arts. <a href="http://www.princetonuniversityconcerts.org/concerts/concert/joyce-didonato-mezzo-soprano" target="_blank"><strong>She'll give a rare recital in Princeton next week. </strong></a></p><p>http://youtu.be/mX4u0D6k4hw</p></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 17:04:03 +0000 Jim Cotter 7091 at http://wrti.org Joyce DiDonato's Life On The Operatic A-List The Resilience of Joyce DiDonato http://wrti.org/post/resilience-joyce-didonato <p></p><p>This Saturday, November 16th, WRTI dedicates its programming to opera. The now annual "Opera Day" is a celebration of this grandest expression of music and theater.&nbsp; WRTI’s Jim Cotter profiles Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato; she's not only one of America’s premiere operatic voices, but also one of the hardiest.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 13:19:09 +0000 Jim Cotter 6658 at http://wrti.org The Resilience of Joyce DiDonato San Francisco Opera: Bellini's THE CAPULETS AND THE MONTAGUES, September 7, 1 PM http://wrti.org/post/san-francisco-opera-bellinis-capulets-and-montagues-september-7-1-pm <p>The tragic tale of Romeo and Juliet inspired some of Shakespeare's finest verse—and some of Bellini's most beautiful melodies. "An opera of definite dramatic appeal" (The New York Times) awash in "music of extraordinary grace" (All Music Guide), this bel canto masterpiece features international stars Joyce DiDonato, a singer of "glamour, charisma, intelligence, grace and remarkable talent," and Nicole Cabell, who "wields her radiant lyric soprano like a silken lasso" (The New York Times).</p><p>http://youtu.be/Nkn-BQnsmv8</p> Sat, 07 Sep 2013 15:54:08 +0000 WRTI Staff 6408 at http://wrti.org San Francisco Opera: Bellini's THE CAPULETS AND THE MONTAGUES, September 7, 1 PM Diva DiDonato: The Wow Factor http://wrti.org/post/diva-didonato-wow-factor <p>Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, the brightest new light on the operatic horizon, graces us with her new release, <em>Drama Queens,</em> on the Virgin classics label. Her interpretation of works by Baroque composers&nbsp;such as&nbsp;Orlandini, Handel, and Monteverdi knocks your socks off. And in a blazing red silk&nbsp;gown, she breathes&nbsp;life into&nbsp;her ancient&nbsp;"heroines" - jealousy, tenderness, and passion - unchanging in the scheme of life.&nbsp; <strong>Saturday, July 6, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm on Crossover with host Jill Pasternak.</strong></p><p>http://youtu.be/mX4u0D6k4hw</p><p> Fri, 05 Jul 2013 18:49:57 +0000 Jill Pasternak 4744 at http://wrti.org Diva DiDonato: The Wow Factor How Do You Handle Loneliness On The Road? http://wrti.org/post/how-do-you-handle-loneliness-road <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aeE0xhhl-w</p> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 19:09:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 5420 at http://wrti.org How Do You Handle Loneliness On The Road? The Met Opera: Donizetti's MARIA STUARDA, Jan. 19th at 1 pm http://wrti.org/post/met-opera-donizettis-maria-stuarda-jan-19th-1-pm <p>Joyce DiDonato's performance in the title role of Mary, Queen of Scots, "will be pointed to as a model of singing," full of&nbsp; "plush richness and aching beauty," in this Met premiere production. Elza van den Heever is "a vocally burnished and emotionally tempestuous" Elizabeth (<i>New York Times</i>). Matthew Polenzani sings Leicester and Maurizio Benini conducts.<strong> </strong></p><p><strong>Saturday, January 19th, 1 to 4 pm.</strong><br><strong>Gaetano Donizetti: <em>Maria Stuarda</em></strong></p> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 11:49:55 +0000 5030 at http://wrti.org The Met Opera: Donizetti's MARIA STUARDA, Jan. 19th at 1 pm Joyce, Queen of Mezzos http://wrti.org/post/joyce-queen-mezzos <p>WRTI will broadcast Donizetti’s <em>Maria Stuarda </em>live from The Metropolitan Opera on January 19th. The performance will also be shown live in hundreds of movie theaters around the world.</p><p>In this tale of royal intrigue, set in 16th-century England, the title role of Mary, Queen of Scots is sung by Joyce DiDonato. WRTI’s Jim Cotter spoke with the superstar mezzo-soprano about her latest role, how she constructs her characters, and how her years at Philadelphia’s Academy of Vocal Arts were more useful personally and professionally than artistically.</p><p>Today, Joyce DiDonato is firmly ensconced on opera’s "A" list. But when she was training at AVA in the 1990s, such a future outcome seemed very unlikely.</p><p>DIDONATO<em>:</em> I wasn’t a star singer there and it wasn’t clear that I would go on and have a career, I had to go deep inside myself and ask do I still want to stay with this?</p><p>COTTER: So why did stick with it?</p><p>DIDONATO: I had to.</p><p>After Philadelphia, she had spells in the young artist programs at Santa Fe Opera and Houston Grand Opera where she says it all began to come together for her vocally.</p><p>COTTER: The voice started getting free and I started too find <u>my</u> voice, and that needed to happen. And happily it did and I continuously work to find more freedom.</p><p>DiDonato believes that in order to fully explore roles she needs to understand what the composer wanted, the historical context of the story and bring her own life experiences to the process of creating a fully fleshed-out character.</p><p>DIDONATO: The pain that I’ve gone through, in various ways, it always comes out of nowhere and socks you over the head. Of course I use that. It informs who I am as a human being and therefore it informs who I am as an artist.</p><p> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 03:41:03 +0000 Jim Cotter 4993 at http://wrti.org Joyce, Queen of Mezzos