“No make-up!”… Joyce Di Donato

Which is the main feature of your personality?
Determination, excitement, positivity and passion.
Your worst flaw?
Which is your star sign?
Are you superstitious?
Not at all.
What did you dream to become as an adult when you were a child?
To be a back up singer for Billy Joel or Barbra Streisand.
Which are your favorite readings?
“The Power of One” by Bryce Courtnay and “Loving what is” by Byron Katie.
Which is the book you have loved the most so far?
The same as the above!
Which was your ambition as a child?

To be a teacher.
Have you ever sought revenge?
I’ve thought about it, but in the end never saw the merit in it.
Did your family influence your choices?
Yes, very much early on – but subconsciously.
It took me to reach my 30’s to start making choices independently.
Was music a vocation?
Absolutely, without question – and it continues to be.
What’s missing in your life today?
Not a single thing.
The greatest disappointment?
I think any disappointments that have come my way have always led to something very positive and served as an opportunity for growth and freedom, so in the end, they weren’t disappointments at all – it just took a bit of time and work for me to realize it.
Which is your most cherished memory?
Life with my father.
How important is money to you?… Which is the item you like spending money on the most?
Not terribly important – I see it as a necessity, but I don’t put too much power in it.  I don’t tend to spend on luxury items or things that can’t fit into a suitcase, but I will spend money on an EXPERIENCE: a great meal, a fabulous vacation, a safari…ah yes!
Do you collect anything?
No I don’t – I have learned that collecting things tends to weigh me down.  But I do cherish my photos, which I suppose is a type of collection.
Do you have a recurrent dream?
No.  Should I?
What are you afraid of the most?
I have worked pretty hard to try and get rid of fear in my life – so while there may be some hidden fears, I think for the most part I strive to not entertain them!
Which is your most ambitious dream?
Are ideals, passions important?
HUGELY! I’m very idealistic, and think that perhaps sometimes that makes things a bit more difficult for me. But I’m a big believer in the power of the human spirit to be fabulous – and passion is often what drives that!
The moment you felt the proudest?
Watching my husband conduct.
Your biggest challenge?
Staying positive and keeping my weight in a good range.
What or who makes you feel embarrassed?
Very little anymore….after one falls on stage, breaking a leg in front of 2200 people there is little left to be embarrassed by.
Which is the situation you consider the most relaxing?
A hot stone massage.
Your favorite subject at school?
Favorite city?
That’s impossible to pin down, but SOME of my favorites? Cape Town, San Francisco, Paris, Venice, London, New York and Kansas City.
Favorite color?
Favorite flower?
Gerber daisy.
The holiday or the trip you’d like to take?
Day or night?
Tell us your ideal day.
Wake up next to my husband, (in no hurry to leave the bed), brunch with friends, a walk on the beach, an evening concert with my husband in an outdoor arena under the full moon with candles everywhere, finished by a great dinner in a restaurant with friends and great wine.
Which is your hideaway?
My home in Kansas City.
The film you love the most?
It changes – currently, the most recent one is “Up”, which was glorious.
Your favorite season?
Spring, followed closely by Autumn.
Which is the place where cooking is the worst ever?
I would never say!
How would you define your relation with food ?
I LOVE food and love to eat, but I only indulge when with family/friends. When I’m on the road by myself I don’t treat myself much at all.
Your favourite dish?
My husband’s Spaghetti Carbonara.
The dish you cook the best?
Pastries – I love to bake: bread, cookies, cinnamon rolls, cakes…all the terribly naughty things to eat!
Red or white wine?
Depends on the day/mood – but at the end of the day? A great glass of Red Wine.
What’s never missing in your refrigerator?
Diet coke, parmeggiano cheese, and capers.
What’s your weakness in kitchen?
Impatience – I hate to have to wait for the water to boil.
What’s the soundtrack to your life?
What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong.
Your favourite singer?
Ella Fitzgerald.
What would you want someone who doesn’t know your voice to listen to?
Their heart.
If you were granted the chance to chose a role, which one would it be?
“La Traviata”.
Which is the first record you ever bought?
Billy Joel’s Piano Man.
How’s your attitude towards TV ?
We don’t have one in our home.  When it’s good, it can be very good, but most of the time it’s terribly awful.
Is there horror in TV?
If you look at it that way, yes.
What do you do an hour prior to go on stage?
Some yoga/stretching, and usually visit my colleagues dressing rooms to start to build up the energy between the cast.
What’s never missing in your dressing room?
What do you think of when looking at yourself in the mirror?
Ah, not too many nice things, but I’m working on that!
How would you prefer to die ?
Quickly, and doing something I love!
Your mood at the moment?
Jet lagged, but very content.
What’s your motto?
“It’s all good!”