Joyce DiDonato will perform two fantastic programs at the Musikkollegium Winterthur this month. Starting on March 26, Joyce unites with her close collaborator pianist Craig Terry for Schubert’s Winterreise. The duo has performed this great song cycle before, receiving rave reviews in 2021 for her “intense, moving, touching and grief-strickenly beautiful version” (Beckmesser). Check out Joyce DiDonato’s highly acclaimed recording of Winterreise, released by Warner Classics / Erato, via her Recordings.
On March 29 & 30, Joyce joins the Musikkollegium Winterthur and conductor Roberto González-Monjas for Berlioz’s Les Nuits d’été Op. 7. DiDonato has long been associated with the works of Berlioz, having made a critically-acclaimed recording of Didon in Les Troyens and appearing in the Proms as Cleopatra and Dido. In 2019 she sang the song cycle with the National Youth Orchestra of the USA and The Times praised her interpretation saying:
“When Joyce DiDonato was singing Le spectre de la rose from Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été (Prom 32) — her voice so tender, so poignant, so full of meaning — it really was hard to imagine anything more perfect. Every word of French was finessed, every phrase unfurled naturally. Sentimentality could swamp this glimpse of an exquisite dying rose, yet DiDonato made it human and transcendent.”
For more information about her March performances, please visit her Performance page.
Photo: Simon Pauly