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Joyce DiDonato Makes Princeton Debut March 27, 2014

March 4, 2014

Princeton University Concerts presents the internationally celebrated mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato in her Princeton debut on Thursday, March 27 at 8pm at Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall.  This recital, one of only four Ms. DiDonato performs in the United States this season, features a program of classic arias by Rossini, Mozart, Handel, Hasse, as well as songs by Fernando Obradors and Reynaldo Hahn.  Pianist Craig Terry will join Ms. DiDonato on stage.  A chance of a lifetime has been given to Princeton student soprano Katie Buzard who will sing a musical preview at 7pm, free to ticket holders.  The complete program follows: 

OBRADORS  Canciones Classicas
ROSSINI  "Assisa a pie d'un salice" from Otello
MOZART  "Voi che Sapete" from Le Nozze di Figaro
MOZART  "Deh vieni, non tardar" from Le Nozze di Figaro
ROSSINI   "Una voce poco fa" from Il Barbiere di Siviglia
HASSE  "Morte col fiero aspetto" from Antonio e Cleopatra
HANDEL  "Piangerò"from Giulio Cesare by Handel


"A commanding, royal presence" is how Vanity Fair refers to golden-voiced mezzo Joyce DiDonato, who says the characters in her recent album, "Drama Queens," run the gamut of emotions from "suicidal sadness to rapturous bliss." For Gramophone Magazine's Hall of Fame issue, composer Jake Heggie said the Kansas-born mega-star's staggering artistry "reminds us that in any generation there are few giants... She is a transformative presence...  Joyce sings and the world is suddenly brighter. Every gleaming note and phrase is infused with connection, meaning and an almost unnerving empathy."  And here is Alex Ross in The New Yorker: "There are singers who are secure in technique but cautious in expression, there are singers who deliver passion but damage the ears, and then there is Joyce DiDonato, who consistently finds the golden mean... [She] has a way of capturing extreme emotions without resorting to excess: she is a singer not only of flair and power but of intelligence and taste." 

Born in Kansas and a graduate of Wichita State University and The Academy of Vocal Arts, Joyce DiDonato trained on the young artist programs of San Francisco, Houston, and Santa Fe opera companies. Her signature parts include the bel canto roles of Rossini, leading the Financial Times to declare her Elena in La Donna del Lago, "simply the best singing I've heard in years." Much in demand on the recital circuit, in 2013 DiDonato was acclaimed for her debut recital tour of South America, where she will return in the summer of 2014. Recently she has appeared in recitals in Berlin, Vienna, Toulouse, Milan and Aspen. She rounded off the season as the guest singer at the BBC's Last Night of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.

Other honors include the highly-prized Artist of the Year at the Gramophone Awards in 2010, as well as Recital of the Year for the album Colbran, the Muse. She is an Inductee of the Gramophone Hall of Fame and has collected a German Echo Klassik Award as Female Singer of the Year, in addition to the Metropolitan Opera's Beverly Sills Award, the Royal Philharmonic Society's Singer of the Year, and citations from Operalia and the Richard Tucker and George London Foundations. She was recently awarded the prestigious Premio Franco Abbiati Award for Best Singer 2011.

Princeton University Concerts is proud to be presenting the debut of this international superstar who chose Princeton's Richardson Auditorium as one of only four venues to sing recitals in this season.  This concert has elicited national press and audience attention and is already close to sold out.  We urge all patrons to call the box office immediately to buy any remaining tickets.

For further information please contact Catherine Ugolini at 609-258-6024 or

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WHAT:  Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano and Craig Terry, piano

WHEN: Thursday, March 27 at 8pm - Musical preview featuring Princeton student soprano Katie Buzard at 7pm

WHERE:  Princeton University Concerts, Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

TICKETS: $45, $35, $20 General; $10, $5 Students.  A limited number of tickets are available online at, by phone at 609-258-9220, or in person two hours prior to concert at the Richardson Auditorium Box Office. 

PHOTOS: Please contact Catherine Ugolini at 609-258-6024 or or download at

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Phone:  609-258-6024