A highly anticipated DVD, now available for pre-order via Amazon, of Joyce DiDonato’s performance of In War & Peace at Gran Teatre del Liceu will be released internationally on April 6.
The project In War & Peace: Harmony through Music has taken Joyce DiDonato, conductor Maxim Emelyanychev and Il Pomo d’Oro to cities all over the United States and Europe, eliciting intense emotions from the audience and receiving rave reviews from the critics. Opera News described her concert at Carnegie Hall as “breathtaking music making by DiDonato and Il Pomo d’Oro.”
This project was created as Joyce’s reaction to the terror attack in Paris in November 2015, when she felt the need to respond to the world around her with music, with the hope to bring comfort not only to herself, but also the audience.
She’s taken her craft from Barcelona to Beijing, but this weekend Joyce DiDonato will grace a stage much closer to home.
Before the Grammy-winning mezzo-soprano brings the music of Leonard Bernstein and Hector Berlioz to life at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, we sat down for a wide-ranging conversation on KCUR’s Up To Date. We talked about the kindlings of her now red-hot career, an upcoming tour to Moscow, and recent student protests that have captured the nation’s attention.
Joyce DiDonato presents a recital and public master class on campus at the University of Connecticut, hosted as part of the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts’ 2017/18 visiting artist series. Ms. DiDonato performs on March 20 with a programme featuring works by Luna, Ravel, Massenet, Granados, and Rossini, as well as a selection of songs arranged by pianist Craig Terry. On March 21 Joyce holds a master class featuring students and alumni from UConn, also held at the Jorgensen, which is free and open to the public.
“As expected, DiDonato has virtuosity to spare, but what makes this disc special is the shimmering radiance of emotion she brings to operas such as Bellini’s Adelson e Salvini and Pacini’s Saffo. In Mary Stuart’s radiantly sung solo before her execution DiDonato leaves no doubt that her own star is at its height.” -Financial Times
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