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New release Joyce DiDonato’s Stella di Napoli

Stella Di Napoli

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On the cover of her new album Stella di Napoli, Joyce DiDonato seems to burst out of the darkness with a snap of her fingers; frozen in a bold, dramatic gesture, sumptuously attired in a 1980s-inspired yet timelessly regal Alexander McQueen gown… The very picture of a modern opera star.
If the look is as fabulous as the sound, DiDonato explains that the style of the album’s photo shoot brings the extravagance of the birth of bel canto into the modern world. “When I look to the early nineteenth century in Naples, I envision a world like that of Andy Warhol’s neon-lit New York City in the ’60s, or Gertrude Stein’s Paris of the ’20s: a hotbed of creativity, rife with bold risk-taking, volcanic artistic output which radically altered the existing artistic landscape,” she says.

“It was here in Naples that star after star was born, melody after melody, and to connect to this vivid, arrestingly emotional time of ‘beautiful singing’ now in the early twenty-first century lights up my musical and artistic soul like a supernova.”