Warner Classics have put together a six-minute highlights video of Joyce DiDonato‘s Stella di Napoli album launch concert at the Gowanus Ballroom above the Serett Metalworks factory in Brooklyn. DiDonato in her sequined ruby gown and flashy new hair-do remarks about the atmosphere of the place, so different to the Wigmore Hall:
It reminds me of the time of Andy Warhol, Greenwich Village in the sixties, where there was this hotbed of volcanic activity of creativity and imagination and experimentation… pushing the boundaries.
When she’s not in sequins, the girl from Kansas finds herself the other side of the rainbow where she is a passionate and lifelong fan of her hometown Kansas City Royals.
A fan has started a campaign to have her sing the national anthem at the World Series and has created a petition at Change.org. There are already over 2,000 signatories and only 300 more are needed. If you’d like to hear DiDonato sing The Star-Spangled Banner sign on here:
The #letjoycesing hashtag is trending on Twitter!
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano’) about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman’s Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia’ column for Dancing Times magazine.