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In War & Peace – European Tour

Joyce DiDonato, Il Pomo d’Oro, and conductor Maxim Emelyanychev reunite this spring for additional performances in Europe promoting “In War and Peace,” Ms. DiDonato’s critically lauded album release on Warner Classics/Erato. Visit InWarandPeace.com for a complete list of tour dates, media features, and other information.

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Metropolitan Opera 50th Anniversary Gala Concert

Joyce DiDonato and a starry roster of artists celebrate the Metropolitan Opera’s 50th Anniversary at Lincoln Center on May 7, in a staged performance highlighting the Met’s last half-century of unforgettable performances. Selections from Porgy and Bess, Samson et Dalila, Les Troyens, MetOpera.organd more will be featured on this not-to-be-missed programme. The evening also includes a post-concert dinner – visit to purchase tickets for both events.

DiDonato leads an inspired cast in sensational “Ariodante” at Carnegie

New York Classical Review
by Eric C. Simpson
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The renaissance of baroque opera in America shows no signs of slowing down: Carnegie Hall on Sunday afternoon saw a sold-out performance of a four-hour Handel opera, in which Harry Bicket’s English Concert and Joyce DiDonato gave a performance so stunning it was liable to make even the most jaded of early-music skeptics take note …

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Review: Joyce DiDonato Is Wrenching in Handel’s ‘Ariodante’

The New York Times
by Anthony Tommasini
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In the middle of Handel’s “Ariodante,” the title character makes an uncomfortably convincing case for suicide. On Sunday, the mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, singing the role in a concert performance of the opera with the conductor Harry Bicket and his English Concert chamber orchestra, held Carnegie Hall’s audience in thrall for nearly nine minutes as she wrung every bit of emotion from this music.

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Metropolitan Opera 50th Anniversary Gala

Joyce DiDonato and a starry roster of artists celebrate the Metropolitan Opera’s 50th Anniversary at Lincoln Center on May 7, in a staged performance highlighting the Met’s last half-century of unforgettable performances. Selections from Porgy and Bess, Samson et Dalila, Les Troyens, MetOpera.org and more will be featured on this not-to-be-missed programme. The evening also includes a post-concert dinner – visit to purchase tickets for both events.

‘Ariodante’ in Concert – medici.tv broadcast from Carnegie Hall

Joyce DiDonato’s April 30 concert performance of Ariodante at Carnegie Hall will receive a live online broadcast via medici.tv. Harry Bicket leads The English Concert for this event, part of a multi-city US tour, with a cast that includes Christiane Karg as Ginevra, Mary Bevan as Dalinda, and David Portillo as Lurcanio. Tune in on April 30 at 2pm for this not-to-be-missed broadcast!

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“Joyce !” – france musique

france musique – Lirico Spinto
By Stéphane Grant
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“She is the super diva of our time! Joyce DiDonato has just triumphed in Les Troyens in Strasbourg – nothing escapes her: from a repertoire that goes from Monteverdi to contemporary creation; and the battles of our time, the American mezzo is a committed artist, and unique …”

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Berlioz’ ‘Les Troyens’ in Strasbourg

“With Didon, Joyce DiDonato continues the exploration of the great roles of the French repertoire recently initiated with Charlotte in Werther … Faced with this recent challenge, the singer finds unknown expressive resources, using changes of timbre to express the horrors in which the Queen of Carthage struggled. The abandoned woman then converses with the outraged queen in a scene of epic grandeur …”

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Cancellation of European performances of Ariodante

It is with deep regret that Joyce DiDonato has announced that she will not be able to participate in the European performances of Ariodante with Harry Bicket and The English Concert due to a medical procedure. She is immensely sorry to disappoint her fans and admirers but is hugely grateful to the wonderful Alice Coote for stepping in for the European concerts, and to Harry Bicket and The English Concert for their support and understanding. Joyce is looking forward to singing the American tour dates.

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