Huge congratulations to Joyce DiDonato, who has just been awarded the 2018 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera for her Semiramide at the Royal Opera House, alongside her colleague Daniela Barcellona as Arsace.
Conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano, critics hailed Joyce’s Semiramide as “technically astounding and soul-searching” (Evening Standard), “in a performance of extraordinary virtuosity and expressive mastery” (The Stage) and praised the “sublime final duet with DiDonato – two voices floating symbolically in parallel thirds that never converge – is a heart-stopping moment” (The Times). The production by David Alden also won the Olivier Award for Best New Opera Production.
This award comes just days after her recording of Berlioz’s Les Troyenswon the Opera Award at the 2018 BBC Music Magazine Awards.
You can hear Joyce talk about Semiramide in the ROH Insights Evening video below:
And you can see photographs of Joyce in action as the Babylonian Queen here.