Joyce DiDonato made her San Francisco Opera debut as Rosina in the 2003-04 production of The Barber of Seville and returned in 2007 to sing her first Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier). The Merola Opera Program alumna has soared to international prominence in operas by Rossini, Handel, and Mozart, as well as in high-profile world premieres. Recent career highlights include Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), Rosina, L’Isoler (Le Comte Ory), and the Composer (Ariadne auf Naxos) at the Metropolitan Opera; the title role of La Cenerentola and Rosina at Milan’s La Scala; Idamanate (Idomeneo), Cenerentola, Dejanira (Hercules), Elena (La Donna del Lago), the title role of Ariodante, and Béatrice (Béatrice et Bénédict) with Paris Opera; Rosina with the Vienna State Opera and Deutsche Oper Berlin; Octavian at Madrid’s Teatro Real; the title role of Cendrillon, Rosina, and Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Rosina with Los Angeles Opera; Cherubino with Lyric Opera of Chicago; and Sister Helen Prejean (Heggie’s Dead Man Walking), Béatrice, and creating the roles of Meg (Adamo’s Little Women) and Katerina Maslova (Machover’s Resurrection) with Houston Grand Opera. DiDonato’s extensive discography includes complete recordings of Alcina, La Cenerentola, Radamisto, Benvenuto Cellini, and three solo albums. The Kansas native is an alumna of both the Houston Grand Opera Studio and the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program, and she is a past winner of the Richard Tucker Award; the “Singer of the Year” award from the Royal Philharmonic Society of London; and, from the Metropolitan Opera, the Beverly Sills Award.