Concerts with the Philadelphia Orchestra

This month, Joyce DiDonato returns to Philadelphia for concerts with the Philadelphia Orchestra led by music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin. The ensemble’s first of three performances in Philadelphia will be on Thursday, November 8 at Verizon Hall, followed by a featured concert at Carnegie Hall on Tuesday, November 13.

Ms. DiDonato takes center stage in Chausson’s musical poem about love, death, and the sea, Poème de l’amour et de la mer. Also on the program is Wagner’s Prelude to Act I of Lohengrin, Mason Bates’ Anthology of Fantastic Zoology, making its NY premiere at Carnegie Hall, and Respighi’s symphonic poem Fountains of Rome. In the lead-up to her performances with the ensemble, Ms. DiDonato spoke to OperaWire about the challenges of Chausson’s vocal writing:

“Essentially it is an extremely intimate piece, but as it confronts real loss and passionate longing and love, of course, it demands that the voice and the orchestra open up fully. The texture of the orchestra can be a bit thick at times, but Yannick is a master of balance and nuance. Of course, there is the beautiful element of the Philadelphia Orchestra playing alongside, and they are capable of absolutely any color or texture, so I’m thrilled to explore what we can create together!”

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Please join the Brentano String Quartet and me for this live-streamed event, and discover this haunting, evocative… https://t.co/J7ze3ixGe0

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Please join the Brentano String Quartet and me for this live-streamed event, and discover this haunting, evocative cycle by Jake Heggie, "Into the Fire”. Photo: @chrissingerme @wqxr_classical @medici.tv @warner_classics @greenespacenyc

The joy and privilege of bringing this program with this orchestra and this maestro to @carnegiehall is immeasurable! Hope you can be there!! @philorch @nezetseguin #Chausson #DeadLeaves #Roses #Lilacs #Love #Loss #PainfulBeauty #SublimePartnership @nkodamusic

Thanks to all who came out to catch the @sonyclassics film #MariaByCallas! It was thrilling to experience her story with you all in this city that she so loved - and which loved her so!

It is so special to be back in #Philly and to be making music with the #INCREDIBLE @philorch and the divine @nezetseguin. The splendid fall leaves and colors are the perfect inspiration and backdrop for our concerts this weekend of Chausson’s “Poemes de l’amour et de la mer”, exploring the loss of love and life, dead leaves, general despair. I hope you’ll be able to join if you’re in the neighborhood this weekend, or at @carnegiehall on Tuesday!! #deadleavesarestillravishing

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It has been a wonderful experience giving voice to the letters of Maria Callas for this highly acclaimed film. Hope to see you in NY for these special viewings! @mariabycallas #mariacallas @tomvolf @angelikafilmcenterny

Heartfelt thanks to all of you for joining in for the experience of Les Troyens tonight, and throughout the run. It has been a pivotal experience of my artistic life to arrive here with this beautiful role and extraordinary opera. I shall never forget it. Thank you to the lovely @catecool for the photo.

Coming to you, LIVE, from the @wienerstaatsoper today with Berlioz’s epic telling of “Les Troyens”. Singing the Queen Didon has been an enormous gift, and I hope to be able to share it with you today on the livestream (available for an additional 72 hours). Where will YOU be watching from? Link: https://bit.ly/2qpSdza *Qui connut la souffrance ne pourrait voir en vain souffrir ... *

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