Episode 2: Joyce DiDonato

Broadcast date: 2 March 2022

The American mezzo soprano Joyce DiDonato has won deserved acclaim in the world’s great opera houses – in Rossini, Handel and brand new works – and she’s a passionate communicator. Growing up in Kansas she originally planned to become a music teacher. Even after committing to a singing career, the breaks only followed a whole heap of rejection. A very present, physical performer, the temperature always rises when she comes on stage. She tells us about art and activism, including her work in prisons and with refugees. Joyce’s journey has helped her think about why her work is valuable – why art matters.

Joyce DiDonato

Joyce DiDonato was born in Kansas. A multi-Grammy Award winner and 2018 Olivier Award winner for Outstanding Achievement in Opera, the New Yorker proclaimed her ‘perhaps the most potent female singer of her generation.’ Acclaimed as both a performer and a fierce advocate for the arts, she has gained international prominence in operas by Handel and Mozart, and in the bel canto roles of Rossini and Donizetti. She has held residencies at Carnegie Hall and London’s Barbican Centre and appeared as guest soloist at the BBC’s Last Night of the Proms. The latest release in her award-winning discography is Eden, a multi-faceted initiative embracing a global tour, an album and a ground-breaking education programme all exploring our connection to nature.

Joyce DiDonato’s website.

Joyce DiDonato’s Eden project.

Joyce DiDonato and The Walk.

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