“Indeed, Ms. DiDonato seemed the perfect 21st-century diva – an effortless combination of glamour, charisma, intelligence, grace, and remarkable talent.” — New York Times
Gramophone’s Artist of the Year Joyce DiDonato returns to the Metropolitan Opera to make her role debut as Isolier in Rossini’s Le comte Ory, which opens tonight, Thursday, March 24. Directed by Bartlett Sher, this new production stars Diana Damrau as Countess Adèle and Juan Diego Flórez as the title character. Didonato’s April 9 performance will be broadcast around the world as part of the Met’s “Live in HD” series; encore broadcasts will be presented in the U.S. on Wednesday, April 27, and in Canada on Saturday, May 7 and Monday, June 13.
DiDonato’s return to the Met follows a busy winter, which included an eight-city recital tour, the world premiere of a song cycle by renowned American composer Jake Heggie, about which the New York Times exclaimed, “The piece ebbed and flowed beautifully, its whispered nuances and soaring arches rendered with utter conviction by Ms. DiDonato,” and the role of Sister Helen Prejean in Dead Man Walking at the Houston Grand Opera.
Following Le comte Ory, DiDonato makes her second Met role debut this season when she sings the role of the Composer in Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos (May 7-13). For those who cannot make it to see DiDonato in Strauss’s beloved opera, they can listen to a track from it on her new record, Diva, Divo. According to BBC Music’s Christopher Cook, Diva, Divo features “singing that restores your faith in human nature”. Mike Silverman of the Associated Press recently wrote in his review of the album, “One of today’s most accomplished singers, American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato has it all.”