At The Awards: Joyce DiDonato

Joyce DiDonato is the American opera singer par excellence. Onstage or off, there are few people in opera who radiate this Kansas native’s degree of natural goodness and warmth. For all these qualities, however, the intensity, fury, and abandon of roles such as Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda are well within her emotional range, as she proved at Houston Grand Opera last season. This season she performs a recital program called “Drama Queens,” featuring Baroque arias sung by royal characters (recorded by Virgin Records). Operatic appearances include a reprise of the title role in Maria Stuarda at the Metropolitan Opera, Romeo in Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi in Munich and Kansas City, Elena in Rossini’s La donna del lago in Santa Fe, and the title role in Cendrillon in Barcelona.

Read Zachary Woolfe’s tribute to Joyce DiDonato

Musical America’s Edna Landau, left,
interviews Joyce DiDonato, 2013 Vocalist of the Year.

2013 Vocalist of the Year Joyce DiDonato
accepts her award


2013 Vocalist of the Year Joyce DiDonato, 2013 Composer of the Year David Lang, 2013 Instrumentalist of the Year Wu Man, 2013 Musician of the Year Gustavo Dudamel, 2013 Educator of the Year José Antonio Abreu

2013 Vocalist of the Year Joyce DiDonato, 2013 Instrumentalist of the Year Wu Man, 2013 Composer of the Year David Lang