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Interview with Joyce DiDonato

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Joyce DiDonato describes to Beata and Michał Olszewscy about the begining of her career, how she prepares for a new role, about "Drama Queens" concerts tour and many other interesting things in the interview for  opera.info.pl

Joyce DiDonato photo © Sheila Rock published by opera.info.pl thanks to courtesy of Joyce DiDonato
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How started your adventure with singing?

I grew up in a very musical family, where music of all kinds was blasting in my house - classical, big band, jazz, classic rock - it was a loud, wonderful environment. I dreamed to be a pop singer, but got quickly sidetracked by the beauty of choral music, and this was my first, strong passion. Going to University to study to be a music teacher/choral conductor, I once again got sidetracked into the world of opera and I have never looked back. For me it requires everything that I am as a human being - my intellect, musicality, physical self, emotional and spiritual self - the challenge to use all of those parts of myself in one thing is something I simply adore!

Who was the person / persons that placed the major impact on you (who played the key role in your career)?

Joyce DiDonato (c) ©Nick Heavican published by opera.info.pl thanks to courtesy of Joyce DiDonato
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TOO MANY to list here! From my first primary school teacher to piano teacher to high school choral director - it feels like every person I've encountered has helped me form my career and my SELF. They have all been tremendous teachers to me.

How you prepare yourselves for the new role and how you find time to prepare so well like in "Maria Stuarda" performance when we were moved completely by the role, you created on stage, both vocally and as an actress?

I spend a LOT of time looking at the score and studying exactly what the composer and librettist have given me. I spend a lot of time at the piano to learn the musical and dramatic language of that piece. And then I start combining my voice with the role and thinking strongly about the emotional journey. It's a process that take a lot of time to enter into my fabric! I want the audience to enter into a new reality when they see an opera - a reality where it's PERFECTLY NORMAL for us to be singing and to suspend time. I want them to never have to suspend disbelief about me as a character. I want them to lose themselves in the emotional journey of these characters, and in order to achieve that, I need to be completely, utterly absorbed into the role.

What was the most extraordinary / amazing place, in which you sang?

Joyce DiDonato - The Enchanted Island - photo (c) Ken Howard published by opera.info.pl thanks to courtesy of Joyce DiDonato
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Joyce DiDonato - I Capuleti e i Montecchi - photo (c) Cory Weaver published by opera.info.pl thanks to courtesy of Joyce DiDonato
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Joyce DiDonato - Hercules - photo (c) Eric Mahoudeau published by opera.info.pl thanks to courtesy of Joyce DiDonato
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Oh - there are too many to list! A 400-BC old temple in Istanbul, La Scala, Palais Garnier, a private concert in the Greek and Roman section of the Louvre - I am one lucky human being!!

What was the most original production in which you took part?

I think for originality, the first one that jumps out at me is the "Enchanted Island" - for this was such an imaginative, creative experience all around. But also - on the completely opposite end - Hercules with Bill Christie and Luc Bondy was a life-changing experience and one that made me look at opera in a different way.

Which role / roles in opera you like to sing most and you always want to come back to them?

I must give the standard, boring answer of "all of them"! I really have never sung a role I didn't end up loving - I think it's my job to enter into a character and do the work to find out what makes them tick. As with any human being - we all have our stories - and if you can find a bit of empathy, you can fall in love with them. So I love to find what makes them all tick. I do look forward to staying with Maria Stuarda a bit and seeing how she grows for me. But really, I've been so fortunate to meet so many amazing characters along my way - and SO varied!!

What roles would you like to sing in a few years time? What is the role you dream on?

I keep saying Scarpia! I think it would be amazing to sing him! I would like the play those bad boys a bit!! I feel there are a lot of interesting characters waiting for me … we'll have to see how much time I have to get to them all!

What were the major reasons for choosing such repertoire for the new album "Drama Queens"?

I wanted to explore a more broad reach of Baroque music, expanding outside the confines of just Handel (the master of this period!) I found that exploring some of his contemporaries and predecessors, I was able to better understand his language and influence.

What are your impressions of "Drama Queens" concerts tour? How the audience reacts?

Joyce DiDonato - Drama Queens - CDIt has been an EXTRAORDINARY project for me, in so many ways. I am still completely amazed that we are time traveling together - we are resurrecting pieces from 300, 400 years ago - many never heard before in the modern era, and yet I still see people weeping in the concert hall to "Lasciami Piangere". It has been such an affirmation to me about the power and necessity of music, and the universality of it. It has also reinforced for me the hunger that the public has for purity of emotion and being given an outlet for them to experience such release.

Is such extensive concerts tour not tiresome and exhausting for you and your team?

It is - extremely exhausting. It's why I get a month off after this tour!! But the music infuses me with a tremendous amount of energy (as does the public) so it carries a lot of the burden in terms of keeping me going. Other than that - I am a very boring hermit on the tour, working only for rest and calm when not on stage or on the airplane!

Any plans about singing in Poland? :-))))

I hope so much to get there at LEAST for some concerts!!!

 

Please give the lovely, warm fans there in Poland a big "thank you" from me for their support and enthusiasm! I hope to visit VERY soon one day!!

 

 

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