THE DINNER JACKET
On the 10th of October 1886 the dinner jacket was first worn at a ball in New York
Haven’t we come a long way!
Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda live from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
In the words of the BBC:
Donizetti’s tragic opera Maria Stuarda portrays the bitter rivalry between the Scottish Mary Stuart and Queen Elizabeth I of England. They never actually met in real life, but in the operatic version the sparks fly in all directions as Donizetti sets a fictitious confrontation between the two queens. In this new staging by directors Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser, Bertrand de Billy conducts a star cast with Joyce DiDonato and Carmen Giannattasio.
Christopher Cook presents live from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, with guest Roger Parker and interviews with the directors and cast.
Link to BBBC iPlayer for programme, synopsis & photo gallery
Maria Stuarda…..Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo-soprano)
Elisabetta…..Carmen Giannattasio (Soprano)
Leicester…..Ismael Jordi (Tenor)
Lord Cecil…..Jeremy Carpenter (Baritone)
Talbot …..Matthew Rose (Bass)
Anna Kennedy…..Kathleen Wilkinson (Mezzo-soprano)
ROH Orchestra & Chorus, Bertrand de Billy (Conductor)
* 19.30 Act 1
* 20.45 Interval
* 21.10 Act 2
THOSE LACROIX LEATHERS
TARA ERRAUGHT as Romeo
VESSELINA KASAROVA as Romeo
JOYCE DIDONATO as Romeo
but not appearing in this production in June is
Rossini’s La Cenerentola live from the Metropolitan Opera, New York
Sparkly frock. Sparkly cast.
Live from The Met in New York, Rossini’s La Cenerentola, a comic opera in two acts adapted from the Cinderella fairy tale by Perrault. Maestro Fabio Luisi conducts the Metropolitan Opera House Orchestra and Chorus with mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato as Angelina, La Cenerentola, and tenor Juan Diego Florez as Don Ramiro, the prince who eventually rescues her from Don Magnifico, her evil stepfather, sung by baritone Alessandro Corbelli, changing her life for ever. Margaret Juntwait presents.
Link to BBC iPlayer for 7 days, synopsis and photos
Angelina ….. Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo-soprano)
Clorinda ….. Rachelle Durkin (Soprano)
Tisbe ….. Patricia Risley (Soprano)
Don Ramiro ….. Juan Diego Florez (Tenor)
Dandini ….. Pietro Spagnoli (Bass)
Don Magnifico ….. Alessandro Corbelli (Baritone)
Alidoro ….. Luca Pisaroni (Bass)
New York Met Opera Chorus/Orchestra, Fabio Luisi (Conductor).
Rossini’s La Donna del Lago recorded at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
with DiDonato, Barcellona and Florez
Well, I suppose our mezzos have to play girls occasionally!
Gioachino Rossini: La Donna del Lago; Melodrama in 2 Acts
King James of Scotland: Juan Diego Florez (tenor) Ellen – Lady of the Lake: Joyce DiDonato (mezzo soprano) Malcolm Graeme: Daniela Barcellona (mezzo soprano) Douglas: Simon Orfila (bass) Roderick Dhu: Colin Lee (tenor) Albina: Justina Gringyte (mezzo soprano) Serano: Robin Leggate (tenor) A Bard: Christopher Lackner (baritone) King’s soldier: Pablo Bemsch (tenor) Royal Opera House Chorus and Orchestra, Michele Mariotti conducting
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photo gallery at the BBC
Wednesday March 12 2014 at 19.00
at the Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Northwestern University’s Evanston campus
The starting time for this is 19.00 local time and I make that midnight GMT but better check for yourself. Time converter in the side bar — >
With Ken Smith, piano
Mozart, “Smanie implacabili” from Così fan tutte. – Kelsey Park, mezzo-soprano.
Richard Strauss, Befreit. – Ethan Simpson, baritone.
Handel, “Dopo notte” from Ariodante. – Elisa Sutherland, mezzo-soprano.
DiDonato is an excellent teacher and it is definitely worth tuning in. Even if you don’t sing you will learn a lot and be entertained.
“An American Road Trip”
Click photo to enlarge!
American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato goes on an imaginary musical road trip around the USA, with music connected to Appalachia, New York City, Florida, Hawaii, New Orleans, Alaska, Niagara Falls, the Grand Canyon, New Mexico, Hollywood, Mount Rushmore, New England, Kentucky, San Francisco and Oklahoma.
Composers featured in the programme include Leondard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Frederick Delius, Darius Milhaud, John Philip Sousa, Hans Eisler, Ferde Grofe, Bernard Herrmann, Edward MacDowell, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Walter Piston, William Schuman, Virgil Thomson, Hubert Headley, Charles Ives and Richard Rodgers.
It’s not clear from this description whether this will feature any of the mezzo’s own performances or if it is a miscellany. Better tune in and see.
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Wherefore art thou Romeo?
Joyce DiDonato not wearing Lacroix
Visit here to hear Joyce – ( wearing Lacroix )
Dame Janet Baker is Artist of the Week on BBC radio 3’s “Essential Classics”
Monday to Friday September 16 – 20 at 10.00 BST
Listen to Dame Janet singing ‘Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen’
from Mahler’s Rückertlieder
Sir John Barbirolli. Hallé Orchestra. Recorded in 1967 – JUST BEAUTIFUL
“Essential Classics” runs from 09.00 to noon and Dame Janet will feature at 10.00 until 10.30
Should also be on iPlayer for 7 days
Link to Monday's episode now on iPlayer
Podcast from radio 3
Joyce DiDonato interviews Dame Janet
A DOUBLE FIRST
Last Night of the Proms live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
links to the Last Night on YouTube here
SATURDAY 7 SEPTEMBER 2013
Interview with Marin Alsop after the Prom
image via The Telegraph
Expect flags of all nations and more than a smattering of US support as two prominent (female!) musicians from across The Pond tackle this year’s Last Night programme.
Joyce DiDonato mezzo-soprano
Nigel Kennedy violin
BBC Symphony Chorus. BBC Symphony Orchestra. Marin Alsop conductor
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PROMS IN THE PARK
Hyde Park, London with Dame Edna Everage (!), Joseph Calleja and others
Glasgow Green with Alfie Boe and Melanie C (!)
Belfast Titanic Slipways with Katherine Jenkins (!) and Chloe Hanslip
Owain Glyndŵr Playing Fields, Caerphilly with Alison Balsom but also Tim Rhys-Evans and Connie Fisher (!)
So which of those will you be avoiding?
There is a glossy new web page from the BBC to help you decide!
Me? I think I’ll stick with Joyce and Marin
She has been a long time retired. Does she miss it?
“I think I was born to do what I did and very fortunate to able to express my innermost self through music. It’s like dying in a way. Listening to certain pieces of music I feel a real sorrow that I’ll never get up and do that. There’s that sense of half one’s being being out of reach. I miss my colleagues very much. I miss putting an opera together from scratch. I don’t miss the travel and I don’t miss the nerves.” From The Telegraph
The legendary mezzo-soprano Dame Janet Baker on her extraordinary life and career,
on the day she celebrated her 80th birthday.
BBC radio 3 podcast
Joyce DiDonato interviews Dame Janet – 30 minute video
Video interview for Presto Classical
Birthday tribute in The Spectator
It was Dame Janet’s birthday on August 21 and I’m late to the party, as usual.
Saturday 15 June at 18.00 BST on BBC radio 3
Rossini’s La Donna del Lago recorded in May at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
In the words of the BBC:
Based on Walter Scott’s The Lady Of The Lake, Rossini’s opera illustrates the Romantic fascination with Renaissance Scotland as a place of wild emotion and political confrontation. This new production by John Fulljames celebrates not only the historic Scotland in which the action of the opera takes place, but also the Scotland of the 19th century, the period of Rossini and Sir Walter Scott. The production highlights the beauty of the Scottish landscape, of which the heroine, Elena, is a symbol, while not forgetting the struggles and battles that feature in all retellings of Scottish history.
Elena, the Lady of the Lake, longs to be united with her true love, Malcom. But her father, the rebel Duglas, is determined that she will marry the Highland chief Rodrigo. Torn between love and duty, she finds her plight is made all the more complicated by Uberto, a handsome stranger who nobody seems to know much about.
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Elena – Joyce DiDonato (mezzo-soprano)
King James of Scotland – Juan Diego Flórez (tenor)
Malcom – Daniela Barcellona (mezzo-soprano)
Duglas – Simon Orfila (bass)
Rodrigo – Colin Lee (tenor)
Albina – Justina Gringyte (mezzo-soprano)
Serano – Robin Leggate (tenor)
A Bard – Christopher Lackner (baritone)
King’s Soldier – Pablo Bemsch (tenor)
Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Michele Mariotti, conductor
video courtesy of kyokolondon
Duration: 3 hours, 45 minutes
ROH quick guide to the opera
Some audience reactions and comments
Q&A with Joyce DiDonato
Review from the FT
This is the January 2013 masterclass
THANK YOU JUILLIARD SCHOOL!
Internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato gave a master class at Juilliard on Friday, January 25, 2013. She worked with four voice students and followed up with a brief Q&A period
Link to playlist on YouTube - be quick, some already deleted
Edit: November 2 2013
There is now a short video of the October class