Joyce DiDonato Performs For Sing Sing Inmates

By Francisco Salazar

Joyce DiDonato is redefining what it means to be an opera singer as she is taking her love for music to Sing Sing, one of the most notorious prisons in the world.

On the Today show the Mezzo Soprano was interviewed about her work with the inmates to help them find their voice through music. In the story DiDonato revealed her trepidation at the beginning and also revealed how enlightening it was and how it was the best experience she has had throughout her prestigious career.

The story also showcased how she transformed the life of an inmate and how she sang the music that the inmate wrote for his victim. DiDonato’s work with Sing Sing culminated in a concert that she performed for other prisoners.

DiDonato has broken stereotypes of the modern day Opera diva as she has used her craft to reach out to younger audiences in her acclaimed masterclasses and she has collaborated with smaller opera companies including LoftOpera. She has also performed at the Stonewall Inn in support of the LGBT community and she has performed the National Anthem at baseball games. She has also created a unique social media presence to promote and expand the audience of classical music.

DiDonato recently toured with her new album “In War and Peace” and rang in the New Year with the New York Philharmonic in a concert of American Song. She will next be seen at the Bayerischer Staatsoper in a new production of Rossini’s “Semiramide” and returns to the Metropolitan Opera for the company’s 50th Anniversary gala. She will also perform in a gala performance of Mozart’s “La Clemenza di Tito” in Baden Baden alongside Rolando Villazon and Sonya Yoncheva.