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“Joyce DiDonato’s performance as Donizetti’s Mary Queen of Scots leaves one bereft of superlatives. So let me start by claiming that bel canto of this quality has not been heard at Covent Garden for more than a generation and that, on the strength of this night alone, her name should rank in the operatic pantheon alongside the greatest legends of the past.

Flawless technical virtuosity – based in firm legato, lucid projection, clean diction, breath control, fast trills and precisely articulated runs – makes every note tell. But this is the mere machinery, the hard work.

DiDonato has the rarer gift of imaginative musicality, too, and it’s the glowing beauty of tone, warm shaping of phrase, delicate colouring of words and intense commitment to character which cast the magic and make the drama meaningful.”

Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph

2017

September 25, 28 October 3, 7, 11, 16, 20

New York City

The Metropolitan Opera
Carlo Rizzi, conductor

November 19, 22, 25, 28 & December 4, 8, 13, 16

London

Royal Opera House
Antonio Pappano, conductor
David Alden, director

December 18, 21

London

Wigmore Hall
Brentano String Quartet

STRAUSS:
All’ mein Gedanken Op. 21
Du meines Herzens Krönelein Op. 21
Die Nacht Op. 10 No. 3
Traum durch die Dämmerung Op. 29 No. 1
Ach Lieb, ich muss nun scheiden Op. 21

HEGGIE:
Camille Claudel: Into the Fire

December 29, 30, 31

Berlin

Berliner Philharmoniker
Sir Simon Rattle, conductor

DVOŘÁK: Karneval, Konzertouvertüre op. 92
STRAVINSKY: Pas de deux aus Apollon musagète
STRAUSS (RICHARD): Orchesterlieder
BERNSTEIN: 3 Dance Episodes aus On the Town
BERNSTEIN: Take Care of this House
SCHOSTAKOVICH: Suite aus dem Ballett Das goldene Zeitalter op. 22a

2018

January 26, 29, 31 February 3, 6, 9

Madrid

Teatro Real
Mark Wigglesworth, conductor

February 20

London

Barbican Theatre
Jake Heggie, Dead Man Walking (UK Premiere)
Semi-staged performance
Mark Wigglesworth, conductor
Leonard Foglia, director
BBC Symphony Orchestra

April 12, 17, 20, 24, 28 May 3, 7, 11

New York City

The Metropolitan Opera
Bertrand de Billy

June 4

London

Royal Opera House
Antonio Pappano, piano

June 9, 10

Rotterdam

Rotterdam Philarmonic
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor

HÄNDEL: Svegliatevi nel core, Scherza infida
MOZART: Parto, parto, Symphony no. 35 ‘Haffner’
BOCCHERINI/BERIO: Ritirata notturna di Madrid
BELLINI: Dopo l’oscuro nembo
ROSSINI: Una voce poco fa
RESPIGHI: Pini di Roma

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