Joyce DiDonato specializes in both the bel canto works of Rossini and Donizetti, and the Baroque operas of Handel.
Tenor Lawrence Brownlee has made several appearances at Milan's legendary La Scala.
Joyce DiDonato is the 2007 winner of the Metropolitan Opera's Beverly Sills Award, and Opera News has written that, "The buoyant progress of DiDonato's career ... has been one of the happiest opera events of the past decade."
DiDonato's broad repertory ranges from baroque opera to bel canto. She has recorded the title role of Handel's Alcina for Archiv records, and is scheduled to play the heroic lead in Handel's Ariodante in Geneva. Other engagements include Romeo in Bellini's The Capulets and the Montagues at the Bastille Opera in Paris, the title role in Rossini's La Cenerentola in Barcelona and her debut at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, as Rosina in Rossini's The Barber of Seville.
Her recordings include recital discs of both Spanish and American music, along with DVDs of The Barber of Seville and Handel's Hercules, a recording led by William Christie.
DiDonato's honors include the Richard Tucker Award, prizes from the George London Foundation, the ARIA Awards and the Sullivan Foundation, and she placed second in Placido Domingo's Operalia.
Tenor (Prince Ramiro)
Lawrence Brownlee made his Metropolitan Opera debut in a new production of Rossini's The Barber of Seville, and recently made an eight-city European tour with the Orchestre des Champs-Elysees, singing Argirio in Rossini's Tancredi with conductor René Jacobs.
Brownlee's career highlights also include performances of The Barber of Seville at the Vienna State Opera, the Boston Lyric Opera and Madrid's Teatro Real. He has appeared in Rossini's Tancredi
and L'Italiana in Algeri at Milan's La Scala, as Belfiore in Rossini's The Voyage to Reims in Brussels and as Tonio in Donizetti's The Daughter of the Regiment at the Cincinnati Opera.
In concert, Brownlee has performed in Handel's Messiah with both the Houston Symphony and the San Francisco Symphony. He has also given recitals under the auspices of the Marilyn Horne Foundation, and was featured on one of that foundation's Gala Concerts at Lincoln Center.