Joyce DiDonato, ever willing to engage, has written a lengthy diatribe to a curmudgeonly micro-blogger who took persistent issue with her human rights boycott of certain countries, but not of others. Instead of the ‘lucid, erudite response’ she had in mind, Joyce simply lets rip as she does on stage.
First, by way of rebuke:
Perhaps it’s naive of me to think that this reply will be met with anything other than continued cynicism when you carry such headlines as “Let’s stop pretending classical music will change the world.” But I have beautiful news for you: it always has and it always will. Perhaps it hasn’t changed policy, but it absolutely changes the world for countless people – this is something which deserves much more than cynicism.
Then, by way of explanation:
As an artist and as a human being, I have always given myself permission to misstep, to fail, to succeed, to live, to learn. Rigidity has always struck me as a destructive trait, and one I have worked to avoid. There is much complexity in this world that makes very little sense to me, and staying open to growth has always seemed to me to be the best shot at evolving. Knowing this about myself is precisely why I recognized that my decision to decline the invitation to sing in Moscow was perhaps not the correct one. Or, perhaps it was? That is not for me to determine, and I will never know if it was the “right” decision. But it is what I felt compelled to do at that time, and so I acted.
A true artist.