"In the midst of chaos, how do you find peace?" Superstar mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato turns to Baroque opera to answer this very contemporary question. This filmed concert at Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu presents DiDonato performing arias from her latest album, accompanied by Il Pomo d'oro and its harpsichordist-conductor Maxim Emelyanychev.
Joyce DiDonato's most recent CD began life as a project to present a collection of little-known Neapolitan Baroque opera arias in collaboration with the excellent Italian baroque orchestra Il Pomo d'Oro and their director Maxim Emelyanychev. Then, in the wake of the brutal November 2016 terror attacks in Paris, the musicians felt a more urgent calling to respond musically to the turmoil and violence of modern times. Their answer was an album of arias by Handel, Purcell, Jommelli, and Monteverdi that explore war and peace, both external and internal.
The singing is magnificent – at 47, DiDonato’s voice is at its very peak – the diction is exemplary and the playing of the Italians is simply to die for. This recital is probably her most personal project to date and represents one of the most eloquent and moving pleas for peace in a long time.”
—Steve Moffatt, Limelight Magazine.
Discover Joyce DiDonato's new album, In War and Peace: Harmony through Music, released on the Erato / Warner Classics label:
Joyce DiDonato appears courtesy of Erato / Warner Classics.
Photo: Joyce DiDonato © A. Bofill
Verbier Festival 2015