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Interviews & Profiles

Joyce DiDonato

January 23, 2011 The mezzo-soprano talks about her new album, in which she plays both men and women.

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December 7, 2010 The popular mezzo-soprano discovers the depths of humanity in Mahler's Second Symphony.

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November 22, 2009 NPR Music's Tom Huizenga and host Guy Raz spin a wide assortment of new classical CDs.

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April 14, 2009 April 14 marks the 250th anniversary of the composer's death. Hear why his music remains vital.

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January 22, 2006 Joyce DiDonato is a young American mezzo soprano who has taken London by storm.

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November 22, 2009 NPR Music's Tom Huizenga and host Guy Raz spin a wide assortment of new classical CDs.

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November 16, 2007 Joyce DiDonato sings the spectacular aria "Non piu mesta," from Rossini's La Cenerentola.

News

Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano

October 4, 2010 The venerable British classical music magazine has announced winners in 24 categories.

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Reviews

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato.

November 27, 2012 Hear a celebrated mezzo-soprano sing an aria from her exceptional new recording of Baroque opera.

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July 3, 2012 An acclaimed American opera gets a rare honor — a second recording.

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The two DiDonatos

January 16, 2011 Hear the amazing mezzo-soprano's new gender-bending opera album in its entirety before its release.

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Lawarence Brownlee and Joyce DiDonato

December 25, 2009 Cinderella survives a dangerously dysfunctional family in Rossini's La Cenerentola.

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June 19, 2009 Reluctant romance headlines an operatic take on Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing.

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"Music modulates levels of dopamine in the brain which is a chemical responsible for reward and pleasure," says author Daniel Levitin.

January 17, 2013 When triggered by sound, chemicals in the brain can give rise to feelings of intense pleasure.

With the presidential election set for Tuesday, we take a look at operas that tackle today's toughest political issues.

November 1, 2012 Watch excerpts from contemporary operas that grapple with today's top political issues head-on.

Joyce DiDonato

October 13, 2010 The opera star recalls a third grade letter to her parents, turning potential tragedy into triumph.

Sarah Joy Miller as Anna Nicole Smith in Anna Nicole by Mark-Anthony Turnage, the final production from the New York City Opera, which closed its doors for good this fall.

December 31, 2013 A beloved conductor made a triumphant return and Walt Disney was reanimated by Philip Glass.

In her latest video message, opera star Joyce DiDonato ponders the art of loneliness on the road.

April 18, 2013 The refreshingly open American mezzo Joyce DiDonato doles out some great advice.

Joyce DiDonato performs in her wheelchair and pink cast after breaking her leg in a production of  Rossini's Barber of Seville, at London's Royal Opera House.

March 13, 2012 A fiery festival debut finds the opera star thrust into darkness — literally.

Baritone William Shimell sings the title role in Handel's opera  Hercules in Aix-en-Provence in 2004.

February 29, 2012 The prescribed plots and extravagant music of Opera Seria dominated 18th-century opera.

Best Classical 2010

December 1, 2010 Hear 10 of the year's best, chosen by Tom Huizenga at NPR's classical blog, Deceptive Cadence.

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December 1, 2010 The list of our 50 favorite albums of the year includes Flying Lotus and more artists from C to G.

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