As part of the British magazine’s 90th anniversary celebration, the Hall of Fame honors artists, producers, engineers and record executives, as voted for by Gramophone’s readers and visitors to its website.
This first Hall of Fame class was announced in early April and formally introduced in the magazine’s May issue. According to an article on DiDonato’s web site, she is one of three working singers to be voted in. The complete list is available on Gramophone’s web site.
DiDonato was born in the KC suburb of Prairie Village, Kan., and she still lives in the Kansas City area. She attended Wichita State University, then the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. Her break came in 2002, when she was cast as Rosina in the Paris Opéra production of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville.
This past February, she performed on the pre-show webcast of the Grammy Awards, the first classical singer to do so. She also won the Grammy for Best Classical Vocal Solo for her album Diva, Divo.