Joyce DiDonato and Yannick Nézet-Séguin reunite for two recitals this month in Kansas City and Ann Arbor. The star duo will perform Schubert’s masterpiece song cycle, Winterreise, in its entirety, marking Joyce’s first-ever performance of the piece. Yannick Nezet-Séguin trades in his baton for a piano in a work that Joyce calls a “singular, crowning achievement in song.”
Ms. DiDonato will return to her hometown for their first performance on December 13 at the Folly Theater. Following, she makes her University of Michigan recital debut on December 16 in Hill Auditorium. For more information about this dramatic and meditative work, read Joyce’s program notes here.
Joyce DiDonato’s portrayal of American diva Arden Scott in Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally’s Great Scott has received a Grammy nomination. Nominated in the category of “Best Contemporary Classical Composition”, the opera, which premiered in January of 2018 at the Dallas Opera, shares the story of the 21st century opera diva:
“Arden Scott returns to her hometown to save the struggling company that launched her career. The opening night performance of the long-lost opera she discovered falls on the same night as the home team’s first National Championship game (Go, Grizzlies!). The fate of the company hangs in the balance as Arden discovers that greatness is truly a matter of heart.”
Described by Ms. DiDonato as “a generous, melodic love letter to the world of opera and art,” she shares the nomination with fellow colleagues including Michael Mayes, Rodell Rosel, Kevin Burdette, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Nathan Gunn, Frederica von Stade, and Ailyn Pérez. Patrick Summers conducts. The album, released by Erato Records, is available for purchase via Joyce’s Recordings.
Described by Opera World as “a journey with mythological heroines, baroque truth and reality,” Joyce DiDonato and Il Pomo d’Oro under the direction of Maxim Yemelyanychev bring their acclaimed project of “In War & Peace: Harmony Through Music” to Russia.
On November 29 and December 1 at the Zaryadye Concert Hall in Moscow, Ms. DiDonato and the ensemble perform works by Handel, Leo, de Cavalieri, Purcell, and Gesualdo. Additional information and links to purchase the album are available via Joyce’s Recordings. The project has already won public recognition since its release in 2016:
“If there is anybody to sing the baroque repertoire and to catch the inner, deeper sense of that music- the sense of inner conflict between war and peace- this Is Joyce DiDonato. And what is more- she allows anyone in the audience to feel the music and truth. Not only because of her great technical abilities (needed for such a demanding baroque repertoire) but, what is even more- because of the sharing. Sharing the emotions, delivering the hidden messages and, actually, giving the “Peace”. And it was just like that in Berliner Philharmonie. Real tears, standing ovation and harmony through music.” (Opera World)
And the journey has begun ... an experience I will never, ever forget. @nezetseguin , thank you for your heart, your soul, your mastery, your self .... and thank you @hjseries for helping us launch this in such a special, memorable way. #KC, I love you deeply!
Joyce DiDonato • Yannick @nezetseguin
Dec 13: Kansas City - @hjseries
Dec 16: Ann Arbor - @umspresents Hill Auditorium •
“Das Mädchen sprach von Liebe... “
Who’s ready to play?!?!?! TODAY we release the first track of my new album: SONGPLAY - celebrating life, a great song, and above all, LOVE! On my last album I sang about the idea of peace, inviting you to nurture it within. If you’ve managed to stay there, the next step should surely be joy, no? I’d recommend throwing your friends a fabulous, old-fashioned dinner party (perhaps Italian cuisine is in order?), press play, and revel in the joy of meeting some old standards in a new light. Once you hear this band, trust me, you’re going to want to sing along!
As you join in, however, just keep in mind what the great Louis Armstrong said: “You got to love to be able to play.” •
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Art direction: @catecool
Album design: @lennysstudio
Makeup: @glowbyaffan •
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Thank you for this beautiful feature, TV Kultura! It's been an honor to bring "In War & Peace - Harmony through Music" to the beautiful @ZaryadyeHall.🕊🎶 #TalkPeace #DoPeace 📺 https://tvkultura.ru/article/show/article_id/313167
Hello, Moscow! I’ve been waiting a long time to return to you. I’m elated to bring our #InWarAndPeace project to you with @ilpdo in your gorgeous new @zaryadyehall. Tonight, I’ll give you my all! #TalkPeace #DoPeace @macpro @maccosmeticsuk
Courtesy of the almost #PulitzerPrize winning photographer (quasi violist), @giulio.dalessio of @ilpdo fame, the genius #maximemelyanychev conducts an intimate chamber concert, live from #Moscow with the #duduk and the #rainbow #daschund. Chamber music will never be the same.
I am THRILLED to bring “In War & Peace - Harmony through Music” to MOSCOW!
Nov 29 & Dec 1: @zaryadyehall
@ilpdo - Maxim Emelyanychev, conductor
#TalkPeace #DoPeace 🕊🎶
Photo: Javier del Real
Are you tuning in for #IntoTheFire tonight on @wqxr_classical @greenespacenyc and @medici.tv??? We are in the mood and ready!!! A JOY to join my beloved #BrentanoQuartet....going live in 5..4..3..2..!!!!