In War & Peace: Harmony Through Music
With her most recent musical endeavor, mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato hopes to have an impact far beyond the concert hall. “In War & Peace – Harmony Through Music” is the title of an upcoming recording (Warner Classics / Erato) and a concert program with which the diva from Kansas does her part to “tip the scales towards peace”.
Well-known arias by Henry Purcell and G.F. Händel, together with a few less familiar Baroque compositions, fall into the two opposing categories indicated in the title, “War” and “Peace”. Calling on these musical illustrations of two extremes of the human conditions, Joyce DiDonato holds a mirror to herself, her audience, and the challenging world in which we find ourselves. On the website developed just for this program, she explains:
With the help of Handel and Purcell, among other masters, I respectfully invite you look at the interwoven worlds of external conflict and serenity, internal war and peace, and to contemplate where you wish to reside within yourself.
With the help of Handel and Purcell, among other masters, I respectfully invite you look at the interwoven worlds of external conflict and serenity, internal war and peace, and to contemplate where you wish to reside within yourself.Joyce DiDonato - Mezzo-soprano
DiDonato’s partners in this politically ambitious, but also musically rewarding program are the early music experts of Il Pomo d’Oro, with their principle conductor Maxim Emelyanychev. She has toured and recorded with Il Pomo d’Oro before, and the warmth among the musicians contributes to the success of their collaboration. (Harmony breeds harmony!)
Audiences around the world can become a part of Joyce DiDonato’s vision this season. After the album is officially launched on November 4th (pre-sales have already begun), the artists will begin a tour that takes them to Brussel’s Palais des Beaux-Arts and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw in November, and New York’s Carnegie Hall in December. They will be back in Europe in May and June 2017, performing at Paris’ Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu, and Madrid’s Teatro Real.
Meanwhile, you can join the ranks of DiDonato fans, including Plácido Domingo, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Federica von Stade, and Sir Simon Rattle, in contributing your thoughts to her “In War and Peace” website, answering the question, “In the midst of chaos, how do you find peace?”