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In War and Peace – Harmony Through Music

Joyce DiDonato
Maxim Emelyanychev, conductor
Il Pomo d’Oro

When the project “In War & Peace: Harmony through Music” first came to me, it was my strong reaction to the terror attack in Paris in November, 2015. I felt the need to respond to the world around me with the expressive outlet I know best: music. My hope was that through this repertoire that I love so deeply I might bring comfort not only to myself, but to you, the audience.

As human beings, the precious gift of peace comes and goes, but I believe profoundly that it is one well worth nourishing and cultivating at every corner of our lives. It is, in fact, how we change the world — from our very own inner corner outwards. My most sincere hope is that this musical journey will bring you lasting comfort and a glimpse into the possible journey from chaos into peace. – Joyce DiDonato

This title will be released on April 6, 2018.

Critical Acclaim

“Celebrity mezzo Joyce DiDonato goes more Baroque’ n ‘ Roll in her film of In War & Peace, a heartfelt examination of the motives and results of both states through a series of arias.

DiDonato sings with poise and elegance… her sorrow and passion are clear to see and appreciate – it is an incredibly giving performance.”

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One Comment

  1. Irene Garnich said…

    How do I find peace?

    Dear Joyce,

    my husband and me were the couple that awaited you after the your concert in Munich on 17 June 2018 behind the stage!

    I would like to share with you my thoughts on how I find peace: by taking a lot of time for myself without friends, without radio or Television, but just being at home or outside in nature.
    I also find peace when I work on my old Patterns, traumata together with a Coach. I also find peace when listening to classical music, especially Purcell or Händel.
    you see it is different ways to acquire my inner harmony and peace which I share with other people and share with them my measure, in case the ask me about it.

    I am fascinated by your work with assassinates in prison. This is a project I also would like to do in my profession as talent coach. I would like wo work with assassinates and guide them how to find new perspectives in their original Profession or find alternatives.

    thank you very much for your fascinating concert, a wonderful project!
    Irene Garnich from Munich

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