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Wherever she sings, Joyce DiDonato earns rhapsodic reviews. Called “the flame-toned American mezzo” by Britain’s Daily Telegraph, she is among the world’s most enchanting performers and the winner of many honors including the Metropolitan Opera’s Beverly Sills Award. Opera News magazine states: “The buoyant progress of DiDonato’s career has been one ... Read more in Amazon's Joyce DiDonato Store

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  • Orchestra: Orchestre De L'Opéra National De Lyon
  • Conductor: Kazuko Ono
  • Audio CD (14 Feb. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Erato
  • ASIN: B004CHURJ6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,507 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Chérubin: Je suis gris! Je suis ivre!Joyce DiDonato/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Lyon/Kazushi Ono 1:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Le Nozze di Figaro K.492: Giunse alfin il omento...Joyce DiDonato/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Lyon/Kazushi Ono 1:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Le Nozze di Figaro K.492: Deh, vieni, non tardarJoyce DiDonato/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Lyon/Kazushi Ono 3:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. La Clemenza di Tito: Se mai senti spirarti sul voltoJoyce DiDonato/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Lyon/Kazushi Ono 9:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. La Clemenza di Tito: Ecco il punto, o VitelliaJoyce DiDonato/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Lyon/Kazushi Ono 2:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. La Clemenza di Tito: Non più di fioriJoyce DiDonato/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Lyon/Kazushi Ono 6:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492, Act 2: "Voi che sapete" (Cherubino)Joyce DiDonato 2:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Il Barbiere di Siviglia, '(The) Barber of Seville': Il barbiere di Siviglia: Contro un corKazushi Ono/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Lyon/Joyce DiDonato/Edgaras Montvidas 7:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Faust: Faites-lui mes aveuxJoyce DiDonato/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Lyon/Kazushi Ono 2:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. La damnation de Faust, Op. 24: "D'amour l'ardente flamme" (Marguerite)Joyce DiDonato 8:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Roméo et Juliette: Premiers transports que nul n'oublieJoyce DiDonato/Choeurs de l'Opéra National de Lyon/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Lyon/Kazushi Ono 6:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. I Capuleti e i Montecchi: "Ascolta! Se Romeo t'uccise un figlio.... - La tremenda ultrice spada" (Romeo)Joyce DiDonato 7:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Cendrillon: Allez, laissez-moi seul.... Coeur sans amour, printemps sans rosesKazushi Ono/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Lyon/Joyce DiDonato 4:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. La Cenerentola: "Nacqui all'affanno" (Chorus, Ramiro, Angelina, Don Magnifico)Joyce DiDonato 7:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Ariane: Ô frêle corps.... Chère CyprisJoyce DiDonato/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Lyon/Kazushi Ono 5:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Ariadne auf Naxos, Op. 60: "Seien wir wieder gut!" (Ariadne)Joyce DiDonato 3:18£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Joyce DiDonato celebrates the rich dramatic variety of the mezzo-soprano voice in this collection of arias for different characters – of both sexes – from a single opera, or from different operatic treatments of the same story.

Joyce DiDonato’s capacity for characterisation is as astounding as the range and flexibility of her voice. As her Virgin Classics recitals of Handel and Rossini have proven, she can charm and touch as a good girl, seduce and seethe as a bad girl, and slip believably into the trousers of a hero. As Opera News said of the Rossini disc, ‘Colbran, The Muse’: “With her sure sense of line and colour, DiDonato takes possession of the repertory, mining every musical and vocal gesture to inhabit each character confidently … Her theatrical sense is magnificent. Musically and dramatically, the disc is perfection.”

This new collection showcases DiDonato’s multi-faceted art – and the wealth of opportunities open to a mezzo-soprano – by presenting her as different characters, both male and female, from the same opera or from different musical treatments of the same story.

As DiDonato explains: “This recital celebrates the vast and fabulous world of the mezzo-soprano. Aside from the obvious Toscas or Cio-Cio Sans, I've never regretted the length of my vocal cords!

I have the privilege and unmitigated joy of playing boys and young men, as well as girls and grown women … It’s an exploration of the human palette of emotions.

“I wanted to find a way to show this duality on disc, while highlighting some of the composers I'm most passionate about, such as Mozart, Bellini, Berlioz, Rossini, and Massenet. In exploring this idea, the possibility became clear for telling different sides of some of the most familiar tales which have served as inspiration for operatic legends: Cinderella, Faust, Romeo and Juliet … I've always thought of myself as a storyteller, and with this particular disc, I can showcase that side of me as never before. I'm ready to play!”

The programme features several roles that DiDonato has sung on stage – such as Rossini’s Cenerentola (it was the character’s gentle, then exuberant ‘Nacqui all’affanno’ that launched her international career at Plácido Domingo’s Operalia competition, and subsequently at La Scala), Bellini’s Romeo and Mozart’s Cherubino. The ‘flip sides’ of those characters are roles that have not featured in her repertoire: the Prince from Massenet’s Cendrillon (a lavish treatment of the Cinderella story more likely to bring DiDonato in the title role – as at Santa Fe in 2006 and, in 2011, at Covent Garden); the Nurse from Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette, and both Chérubin (from Massenet’s ‘sequel’ to Le nozze di Figaro) and Susanna. The Figaro connection continues with an excerpt from Il barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina, of course, later becomes Countess Almaviva), while other operas on the programme, from the Renaissance to late Romanticism, include La clemenza di Tito (Sesto and Vitellia), Faust, La Damnation de Faust, Mefistofele, Orphée et Eurydice, Orfeo and Orphée aux Enfers.

Accompanying Joyce DiDonato in this tour de force is the Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Lyon under the company’s Principal Conductor Kazushi Ono, another artist who successfully embraces an extraordinary diversity of musical idioms.

As John von Rhein wrote in Gramophone: “In complete control vocally, Joyce DiDonato is … consumed by the character. She embodies whomever she’s playing and whatever emotional situation she is evoking.”

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By GlynLuke TOP 100 REVIEWER on 24 Mar. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Is this woman the greatest singer in the world?
On the evidence of this stupendous disc, one could be forgiven for thinking so.
In recent years we have been lucky to have in our midst several marvellous mezzos. I think immediately of the late, universally lamented Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, as well as, for example, the feisty Susan Graham and the cool, aristocratic Bernarda Fink - but surely few sing with the sheer panache, the almost dangerous, devil-may-care quality of Joyce DiDonato.
There is a gutsy ripeness a mezzo can summon up which isn`t so easily available to a soprano. Here is a mezzo whose range is remarkable (hear her low notes!) and whose accuracy of pitch, beauty of tone and luminous legato are always in the service of emotional truth and a bounteous musicality.
The Amazon description above tells you all you need to know about the premise of this enterprising and wholly successful venture, so I won`t rehearse it here. But what a novel, yet so simple, idea, with a not-too predictable choice of arias from a stylistically eclectic range of operas, including, I`m glad to say, some wonderfully sung Berlioz.
They are sung with what I can only call an extreme joie de vivre, a vibrant joyousness which communicates directly, viscerally to the listener with the force of blazing sunlight. Some singers sing. This singer sings to me. What she must be like to hear live I can only imagine, and tremble at the thought.
I`ve heard Ms DiDonato interviewed, but even had I not I would know this is a woman of wit, humour, passion, intense humanity, and not a little sauce.
The excellent crime writer Donna Leon, each of whose novels contains an epigraph taken from a Mozart opera, has dedicated one of her books to her. Now, that`s praise.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By KKirkwood on 9 Feb. 2014
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Sensational voice which I first heard when she sang at the Proms lasy night last September. I was captivated then and have been ever since.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dodie McQue on 17 Dec. 2013
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I knew few of these pieces but that only enhanced my enjoyment of this fantastic performance.
Joyce is an extraordinary singer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Devonfry on 25 Mar. 2013
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I bought this disc after hearing Joyce Didonato Live from the Met in Maria Stuarda. I wanted to recapture the richness, depth and power of her voice. This disc is an excellent vehicle for her talents.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeg Good on 30 Jan. 2012
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If you have not heard Joyce DiDonato sing and are found of opera and the mezzosoprano voce, you should remedy that deficiency immediately, quite simply she is wonderful. This recording of some well known but mostly lesser known arias is high quality and enchanting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roy Spackman on 13 Oct. 2013
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What a voice and a great recording having heard her on the Last Night of the Proms even though I have these arias by other singers Roy
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Really great album by this fabulous singer. Can't get enough of her. Go listen to her live, you'll not regret the effort.
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By Natural One on 21 Mar. 2013
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What a voice! What a voice! If you are new to Joyce Didonato (like I am still) then please do get an album, sit back and be prepared to feel the hairs on the back of your neck stand on ends. Relax and let her voice wash over you. Whatever you do, you will enjoy Joyce Didonato and her beautiful voice.
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