Vocal acrobatics of "La Donna del Lago" an "Olympic" challenge

Mezzo soprano Joyce DiDonato poses as she arrives at the Grammys in Los AngelesBy Josie Cox LONDON (Reuters) – Even with one of the world's most athletic opera singers at her side and plenty of practice, American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato reckons the latest London production of Gioachino Rossini's "La Donna Del Lago" is the challenge of a lifetime. DiDonato and Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Florez told Reuters at the Royal Opera House production's opening on Friday night that performing their technically demanding roles in the John Fulljames interpretation is almost like an elite sport. …