About Joy Davidson: Program Bio
Joy Davidson, mezzo-soprano, began her career with a professional debut in Rossini’s LA CENERENTOLA with Greater Miami Opera and went on to sing 45 roles throughout Europe and North America. Her debut with the Metropolitan Opera National Company was Bizet’s CARMEN which she has performed some 300 times in the next 30 years. Other frequently performed roles were Dalila (SAMSON & DALILA), Charlotte (WERTHER), Adalgisa, (NORMA: her Metropolitan Opera debut), Azucena and Amneris in Verdi’s IL TROVATORE AND AIDA. Touring 6 to 8 months of the year, Joy performed at New York CIty Opera, Chicago Lyric, San Francisco Opera, Opera companies in Canada, Spain, France, Brazil, Austria (Vienna Staatsoper), Germany and with numerous companies in Italy, her debut at La Scala being Dalila. She was a Columbia Community Concert Artist and was soloist with orchestras such as Boston, NY Philharmonic, Los Angles, Leningrad, and with RIccardo Muti and the Maggio Musicale Orchestra of Florence, Italy. While still touring, Miss Davidson was summoned to build an opera department at New World School of the Arts in Miami where she taught and directed opera for 13 years. She was honored with an Endowed Chair as Outstanding Professor of Music. Since her retirement from teaching and from the operatic and concert stage, Joy has returned to the theatre with performances as Maria Callas in MASTER CLASS (Terrance McNally) and three one woman dramas: MARIA: The Life and Loves of Maria Callas (Alma H. Bond) and ALICE: An Evening with the Tart-Tongued Alice Roosevelt Longworth (Kitty Felde), and Tea at Five, (Matthew Lombardo) the one woman tour de force of Katharine Hepburn. Miss Davidson also garnered rave reviews for her performance as the NURSE in MEDEA (Euripedes/Jeffers) for Theatre Conspiracy in March 2011. Sharing her passion for Opera and experiences through 30 years of performing, Joy presents BACKSTAGE AT THE OPERA for Lifelong Learning at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts.