Joyce brings the thrilling programme from her award-winning album Drama Queens on tour this spring, her first throughout the Asian continent. She has previously toured the program across the United States, in New York City, San Francisco, and Kansas City, as well as several European appearances, including London, Paris, Barcelona, Madrid, and Brussels.
Ms. DiDonato will be accompanied by the illustrious period ensemble Il pomo d’oro, led by Music Director and violinist Dmitry Sinkovsky. The first performance takes place at the dazzling Royal House Muscat in Oman, on May 1. They continue on to Singapore’s Esplande Concert Hall on May 4, Hong Kong’s HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall on May 6, the Grand Theatre in Shanghai on May 8, and Beijing’s Concert Hall of NCPA on May 10. The spectacular program features vocal works by several of the 17th and 18th century’s best-known composers, including Handel, Monteverdi, and Gluck, as well as orchestral pieces by Scarlatti and Vivaldi.
See what the critics had to say about Joyce’s previous Drama Queens performances!
“DRAMA QUEENS is an ace of an evening for any venue! . . . Success truly lies in the mix of all those artistic qualities required to serve the music and compel an audience to hang on every note and word in a programme. Joyce DiDonato’s charmingly unaffected – and therefore affecting – stage manner won the hearts of this Theater an der Wien audience . . . Whether in a state of lament or calling for blood, these characters are truly credible.
The reception resembled a World Cup soccer event with foot stamping spreading like wildfire . . . Not to be missed at any cost!”
Moore Parker – The Opera Critic
“From the moment she swept onstage in a lavish crimson gown by Vivienne Westwood, the mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato embodied the despair (and occasional joy) of these regal heroines of 17th- and 18th-century opera . . . her vocalism: a masterpiece of control, agility and alluring sound throughout her range, with its dusky lows and bright high notes.”
Vivien Schweitzer – The New York Times
“This night, for once, no-one associated “Drama Queens” with desperate housewives or girly pop culture; it was an unforgettable concert where the monarchy on the theatrical stage was happily restored – singing and playing could hardly have been more regal.”