On November 9 & 10, Joyce DiDonato sings Mahler’s poignant Rückert-Lieder at the Musikverein. Marking her first performance with an orchestra of this introspective and touching work, Ingo Metzmacher leads the Wiener Symphoniker. Also on the program are Entr’actes and Ballet Music No. 2 from Rosamunde, Princess of Cyprus by Schubert, and Reger’s Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, op. 132.

Joyce has previously sung selections from Rückert-Lieder in recitals with pianist Craig Terry. Her performances have garnered the praise of several critics, including:

“The highlight of the concert […] was a spellbinding Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen. DiDonato and Terry pushed the limits of how slowly and how quietly they could perform, drawing in the audience and fading into what seemed like an endless silence after the song had finished – a moment of catharsis for those onstage and off.” ” Bachtrack

“E”anating the idylls evoked in MaMahler’sückert-Lieder, DiDonato let her voice linger and languish in diminuendo at the culmination of “I”h atmet einen linden Duft;” “symbolizing an escaping waft with the eventual dissolution of her imitating instrument.” ” Operawire

Photo: Salva López