Joyce DiDonato takes on the Babylonian Queen in Semiramide debut

Sunday night sees Joyce DiDonato make her role debut as the Babylonian Queen, Semiramide, in a new production directed by David Alden. Performances will take place at the Bayerische Staatsoper under the baton of Michele Mariotti, as part of a co-production with The Royal Opera. This debut will add to Joyce’s legendary repertoire of Rossini roles. She reflects: “I consider myself incredibly fortunate that Rossini has been situated at the very heart of my career, with each Rosina, Cenerentola and Lady of the Lake leading directly into the center of this haunted, tormented Queen.”

Further performances in this run are February 15, 18, 23, 26 and March 3. Joyce will reprise the role in the Bayerische Staatsoper’s Opernfestspiele on July 21 and 24.

Audiences worldwide can enjoy the premiere which is to be broadcast live via BR-Klassik and the performance on February 26 which will be live-streamed here.

Read more about the production on the Bayerische Staatsoper website.

Still to come in Joyce’s season is her Didon with John Nelson, her Ariodante with Harry Bicket and her Sesto with Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

Photo credit: W. Hösl 

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