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

Watch How Do You Handle Loneliness On The Road?

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

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

Read Who Needs Drugs When You've Got Music?

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

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato.

Read Joyce DiDonato: Sublime Singing Makes The Unreal Real

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

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

Read How Is The White House Like The Opera House?

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

Read 'Dead Man Walking' Sings Again

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


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.

Read Joyce DiDonato's Haydn In The Dark

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.

Read Talk Like An Opera Geek: The Age Of 'Serious Opera'

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

Joyce DiDonato

Listen 'Diva, Divo': Joyce DiDonato's Operatic Gender-Bending

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


The two DiDonatos

Read First Listen: Joyce DiDonato, 'Diva, Divo'

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

Joyce Di Donato

Watch Best Musical Moments Of 2010: Joyce DiDonato's Matchless Mahler

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

Best Classical 2010

Read Top 10 Classical Albums Of 2010

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

Read 50 Favorites: C-G

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

Joyce DiDonato

Listen Teachers Who Made A Difference: Joyce DiDonato's Seeds Of Confidence

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

Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano

Listen 2010 Gramophone Award Winners Announced

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


Listen Cinderella Revisited: Rossini's La Cenerentola

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


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