Tuesday, February 28, 2012

A Diva down! Joyce D. bows out

Due to a minor, but necessary medical reason, mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato is canceling her European Ariodante tour, which was to have started on March 4th. The self-proclaimed "Yankee-Diva" wrote on her Facebook wall:
Dear Wonderful Fans,

It is with supreme regret and sadness that I inform you of a cancellation. This is something that I have, fortunately, only rarely been called on to do. In fact, the only time I have ever had to cancel previously in my near 14-year career, was to return home when my father was in intensive care. So I absolutely do not take this lightly, and assure you that the decision was a very, very painful one to make.

Please do not be alarmed - while this is truly unavoidable, it is not a cause for alarm, and I appreciate you allowing me to keep the specifics private. I trust that each of you know that IF there had been a way for me to avoid this, I would have found it.

I would like to thank Il Complesso Barocco and Alan Curtis for their tremendous support of me through this complication (a nightmare for any organization), and the venues who have graciously elected to carry on the concerts with the tremendous artist, Sarah Connolly. I wish the WONDERFUL singers a tremendous tour, and it makes me very happy to know that Handel's music will be so well served.

I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your understanding, and treasure your support.
Whatever the situation, we wish the Yankee-Diva well and a speedy bounce-back. Be well, Miss Joyce.

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