“In the midst of chaos, how do you find peace?” Joyce DiDonato’s award-winning project In War and Peace: Harmony through Music tours to Asia and the Middle East beginning in January. The illustrious ensemble Il Pomo d’oro, under the baton of Maxim Emelyanychev, will join Ms. DiDonato for all tour dates.
Beginning on January 7 at the Shanghai Symphony Hall, Ms. DiDonato is a featured soloist in concert with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, led by Zhang Jiemin. Tenor Shi Yijie will join her on stage singing music by Verdi, Pachini, Puccini, Cournot and Mozart. Shortly after on January 9 at Shanghai Symphony Hall, Joyce and Il Pomo d’oro perform their first In War and Peace concert with works by Handel, Leo, de Cavalieri, Purcell, and Gesualdo.
Following tour dates include January 11 at the National Centre for Performing Arts in Beijing; January 13 at the Macau Cultural Centre; January 16 at the Concert Hall in Hong Kong City Hall; January 18 at the National Performing Arts Center in Taipei; January 21 at Lotte Concert Hall, concluding with January 24 at the Emirates Palace Auditorium in Abu Dhabi.
Additional information and links to purchase the album are available via Joyce’s Recordings. A DVD – recorded live at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona – was released in April this year.
Joyce DiDonato earned Gramophone’s Recording of the Year & Opera for her critically acclaimed recording of Berlioz’ Les Troyens as Didon, under the baton of John Nelson with the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra. Described by Gramophone as a ‘peach of a recording’ the album swept the title at this year’s Gramophone Awards.
Additionally, her recording of American diva Arden Scott in Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally’s Great Scott was listed in Gramophone’s Recordings of the Year digital magazine as a February Editor’s Choice:
“Heggie gets to spoof the sub-Rossinian bel canto on an elaborate scale (up to and including those celebrated crescendos) but in so doing manages to transcend mere pastiche in the creation of genuinely elegant and beautiful lines and authentic vocal fireworks that challenge and tax DiDonato as surely as the roles in her core repertoire. The operatic set pieces here truly have a ring of authenticity to them.” (Gramophone)
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.
A truly extraordinary experience last night to perform at the National Performing Arts Center in #Taipei. I’m grateful beyond words for the warm welcome and beautiful audience reception. Each of your words after the concert touched me deeply! I hope to return very soon! #TalkPeace #DoPeace #HarmonyThroughMusic @ilpdo #InWarAndPeace
Parting is such sweet sorrow! Thank you, #HongKong, for the memorable, life-affirming experience!! #HarmonyThroughMusic #TalkPeace #DoPeace #Howtohongkong
#HowToHongKong No question - it’s an intoxicating city!!!!!!!
Hello, #Macau!!! Our Asian tour continues today at the #InstitutoCulturalDeMacau! @ilpdo #TalkPeace #DoPeace #HarmonyThroughMusic
Beijing, you are a city with endless surprises around every turn! #unforgettable!! #bestmenu #menumania #needmorestomach
It is an incredible honor to perform #InWarAndPeace tonight in #Beijing at #TheNationalCenterForThePerformingArts. You can tune in live (along with a million other people!) for our #livestream: http://www.ncpa-classic.com/gudian1/1/newLive/index.shtml?from=singlemessage&isappinstalled=0. #TalkPeace #DoPeace with @ilpdo
#Shanghai - you are forever in my heart. What an honor to share this evening with you at the beautiful #shanghaisymphonyorchestra. I hope to be back very soon! Photo Credit: Cai Leilei. @ilpdo #TalkPeace #DoPeace #Connected #HarmonyThroughMusic @viviennewestwood @macpro