Joyce DiDonato embarks on a tour with her acclaimed Songplay program, visiting Austria, the Czech Republic, Portugal, Amsterdam, Denmark, and England. This unique program showcases her playful side, featuring songs from her Grammy-winning album Songplay, performed alongside a versatile five-piece ensemble of drums, bass, bandoneon, and trumpet, led by pianist and arranger Craig Terry. Audiences can anticipate a rich and varied repertoire, featuring Italian Baroque arias, jazz ballads, and timeless classics from the American Songbook.

DiDonato’s Songplay album, released by Warner Classics / Erato, won the 2020 Grammy Award for “Best Classical Solo Vocal Album.” More information and purchase links for the album are available via Joyce‘s Recordings.

“We have essentially created our own sound-world, fusing together music from the Baroque era and classics from the jazz world – with a few other surprises tossed in,” explains Joyce. “We’ve all let down our guard (some of us have even let down our hair) and we’ve each expanded the musical traditions that we have come from to create our own style for this program. It’s joyful, it’s exuberant, it celebrates great music, and it shines a spotlight on the timeless nature of a great song.”

Tour Dates

March 7 – Landestheater Linz, Austria
March 9 – F. X. Šalda Theater, Czech Republic
March 11 – Gulbenkian, Portugal
March 13 – Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
March 15 – Musikkenshus, Denmark
March 17 – Saffron Hall, England

Photo by Chris Singer