Joyce DiDonato is universally regarded as one of the leading lyric mezzos of her generation. She is in demand from all of the world`s leading opera houses in her signature roles of Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia) and Angelina (La Cenerentola).
After leaving the Houston Grand Opera Studio Program, her career progression has been meteoric. Her Paris Opera debut as Rosina in a new production of Il barbiere di Siviglia in the 2001-2002 season created such a buzz of excitement amongst the public that invitations from Covent Garden, La Scala, the Metropolitan Opera, Chicago and San Francisco quickly followed. In 2002 she received the prestigious Richard Tucker Award, thus crowning a whole series of awards.
Joyce DiDonato has worked with such conductors as Bruno Campanella, Riccardo Muti, Zubin Mehta, John Eliot Gardiner, Marc Minkowski, William Christie and John Nelson.
In addition to the respect she has earned for her performances of Rossini, Joyce DiDonato is highly praised for her interpretation of the works of Handel and Mozart. Her recent recordings for EMI have received stellar reviews : Rossini: Stabat Mater, Vivaldi: Ercole, Handel: Ariodante, Rossini: Colbran, the muse and Diva, Divo.
For this last CD, Diva, Divo, she has been awarded Best Classical Vocal solo at the 54th Grammy Awards.