Joyce DiDonato, opera singer, is interviewed by Kirsty Young for Desert Island Discs.
Kirsty Young's castaway is the mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato. Winner of two Grammy Awards, she is best known for her interpretations of Handel, Mozart and Rossini operas. Born into a Catholic family in Kansas, she was the second-youngest of seven children. Her love of music was awakened by watching her late father directing the local church choir. Her first ambition was to become a music teacher, but watching a televised performance of Don Giovanni during her third year at college ignited her interest in opera. After acceptance onto Houston Grand Opera's young artist programme, she overhauled her technique and went on to win second place in 1998's Operalia competition.
Her first big role came in 2002 singing Rosina in The Barber of Seville in Paris and she made her debut at New York's Metropolitan Opera in 2005 at the age of 36. Since then her star has shone brightly and she has performed across the operatic spectrum, from contemporary works, such as Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking to Strauss and Handel.
Producer: Cathy Drysdale.
José Manuel Zapata
- Tango (Mano A Mano).
That Yonge ChildPerformer: American Boychoir.
- A Ceremony of Carols.
- Albemarle Records.
I Dont Know How to Love Him
- Jesus Christ Superstar (Broadway Original Cast).
Scenes From an Italian Restaurant
- The Stranger.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Overture to The Marriage of FigaroOrchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Conductor: Yannick Nézet‐Séguin.
- Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492.
- Deutsche Grammophon.
AlleluiaPerformer: Robert Shaw Chamber Singers. Conductor: Robert Shaw.
- A Robert Shaw Christmas: Angels on High.
Pride (In The Name of Love)
- Rattle and Hum.
The Deepest Desire. Four Meditations On Love: Primary ColorsPerformer: Joyce DiDonato. Orchestra: The Kansas City Symphony. Conductor: Michael Stern.
- Homecoming: Kansas City Symphony Presents Joyce DiDonato.
- Kansas City Symphony.
The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
Lavender scented oil
|Interviewed Guest||Joyce DiDonato|
- Sun 25 Sep 2016 11:15
- Fri 30 Sep 2016 09:00