Joyce DiDonato kick-starts the new year touring her much-celebrated project In War & Peace, a programme she has toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe and most recently, to Moscow, bringing her question In the midst of chaos, how do you find peace? to audiences across Asia.
“Perhaps my most personal project to date” is how American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato describes In War & Peace: Harmony through Music. Her ambitions for this collection of arias from Baroque operas are substantial. Working with breakout early music sensation il pomo d’oro – a group of musicians who are among the best to be found worldwide for authentic and vivid interpretation on period instruments – Joyce’s aim is to steer conversation and discourse to help all of us find peace in our lives in a dynamic way.
The programme comprises arias divided into two sections: ‘War’ and ‘Peace’. Both contain music by Purcell and Handel – including Dido’s dignified, but searing lament from Dido and Aeneas and Almirena’s haunting and heartbreaking “Lascia ch’io pianga” from Rinaldo.
Their In War & Peace CD was awarded the 2017 Best Recital Gramophone Award. For more information on the project, please visit the In War & Peace website.
Joyce DiDonato: Mezzo-soprano and Executive Producer
il pomo d’Oro
Maxim Emelyanychev: Director and harpsichord
Manuel Palazzo: Choreographer and dancer
Ralf Pleger: Stage Director
Henning Blum: Lighting Designer
Yousef Iskandar: Video Designer
Greeting cards by Hallmark
Joyce DiDonato’s gowns: Vivienne Westwood
Manuel Palazzo’s costume: Lasha Rostobaia
Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Fuxing Middle Road, Xuhui, Shanghai, China
National Centre for the Performing Arts, West Chang'an Avenue, Xicheng, China
Macau Cultural Center, Niles Boulevard, Fremont, CA, USA
Hong Kong City Hall, 5 Edinburgh Pl, Central, Hong Kong
National Performing Arts Center - National Theater & Concert Hall. No. 21-1號, Zhongshan South Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100
Lotte Concert Hall, Jamsil 6(yuk)-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul, South Korea
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