This month, Joyce DiDonato will join the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal for several concerts in Chicago, Ann Arbor, New York, and Philadelphia. For the tour, Joyce will sing two ethereal arias from Mozart’s clemenza di Tito, including Sesto’s lyrical and robust “Parto, parto, ma tu ben mio” and Vitellia’s remorseful showpiece with basset horn obbligato, “Non più di fiori.”
Maestro Nézet-Séguin begins the concert with the enchanting Overture to La clemenza di Tito and concludes with Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4 “Romantic,” a work that enthralls with its skilled orchestration that gives the brass a starring role. Concert dates include November 17 at the Maison symphonique de Montréal; November 19 at Chicago Symphony Center; November 20 at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor; November 22 at Carnegie Hall (part of Joyce’s Perspectives series); and conclude on November 24 at Verizon Hall in Philadelphia.
With the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Ms. DiDonato sang the role of Sesto on Mr. Nézet-Séguin’s recording of La clemenza di Tito with a spectacular cast for the fifth installment of his series of seven Mozart operas for Deutsche Grammophon. Purchase links and more information are available via Joyce’s Recordings.
Joyce DiDonato on the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal:
Joyce DiDonato’s new recording of Berlioz’s dramatic La Damnation de Faust with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg and Maestro John Nelson is set to be released by Erato / Warner Classics on November 22. This recording was made in the Auditorium Erasme in Strasbourg in April 2019, two years after Nelson, the orchestra, and a superb cast, including Ms. DiDonato, Michael Spyres, and Nicolas Courjal brought Berlioz’s Les Troyens to life in the same venue.
The associated Erato recording of the vast two-part opera has gone on to win unalloyed praise and multiple major prizes, including Gramophone’s Recording of the Year, BBC Music Magazine’s Opera Award, Germany’s Opus Klassik Award and more recently, the coveted Record of the Year at the Victoires de la Musique Classique. More
For the first concert of her second season-long Perspectives series at Carnegie Hall, Joyce DiDonato reunites with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Riccardo Muti for Berlioz’s riveting La mort de Cléopâtre. Ms. DiDonato performed this dramatic “scène lyrique” with the ensemble this past spring in Chicago, garnering critical praise for her performance:
“Berlioz’s music brings out the very best in DiDonato’s responsive instrument, and clearly inspired her interpretive instincts at their highest level. Her voice was bright and brilliant at the top of the range, with a formidable, chesty bite down below. The recitative was delivered with great reserves of bitterness and fear. There was a telling effect in the aria on “Il n’en est plus pour moi que l’éternelle nuit!” as the voice drained with despair. She beautifully denoted the exact moment of the asp’s strike, with a fining away of tone at the death. DiDonato’s performance was an extraordinary example of fully-drawn theatrical performance within a concert idiom.” (Opera News)
The performance will take place on November 15 at Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. The program will also feature Bizet’s orchestral suite, Roma, known as a tribute to the city, and Respighi’s fantastic tone poem Pines of Rome, which depicts pine trees in four locations of Rome at different times of the day. Before the new year, Ms. DiDonato returns to Carnegie Hall twice for her Perspectives series, including on November 22 for a program of Mozart arias with the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal led by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and on December 15 with Mr. Nézet-Séguin at the piano for Schubert’s harrowing Winterreise. To learn more about her Perspectives series, click here.
It was an overwhelming musical experience to return to Strasbourg and my "Berlioz Family" to bring "La Damnation de Faust" to life! Released today, I can't think of a more perfect way to round out this Berlioz Year. I hope you will listen and be swept away, as we all were by the experience! @philharmonique_de_strasbourg @spikelmyers @nicolascourjal @alexandreduhamelbaritone @warner_classics @warnerclassicsus •
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It may be fleet, but I dare say it will be RICH! I hope you can join us on our tour-in-progress, as the music-making is simply SUBLIME. What a true joy to join my fellow @carnegiehall Perspectives Artist, Yannick @nezetseguin and his home orchestra with the greatest logo around, as we work our way through some of the GREAT concert halls in North America featuring the complicated lovers from "La Clemenza di Tito", with arias of both Sesto and Vitellia. #DreamTeam @orchestre_metropolitain #MozartMagic #thatclarinetthough #loveiscomplicated #wheredotheygofromhere #dotherightthing #alsobruckner
It was a complete JOY to launch my Perspectives Series at @carnegiehall last night with the astonishing @chicagosymphony Orchestra with Maestro Muti at the helm. If you'd like to relive the death of broken Cléopâtre, you can tune in here at roughly the 1:00 mark.