Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano
Il Pomo d'Oro
Maxim Emelyanychev, conductor
Thursday 8th June, 8pm
Room: Main Auditorium
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In War and Peace – Harmony through Music
Joyce Di Donato explores the dichotomy of discord and harmony in times of war, through her powerful interpretation of Baroque arias by Monteverdi, Purcell, Handel, Leonardo Leo and Niccolò Jommelli.
Handel: Scenes of horror, scenes of woe (Jeptha)
Leo: Prendi quel ferro, o barbaro! (Andromaca)
De Cavalieri: Sinfonia Rappresentatione di anima e di corpo [Instrumental]
Purcell: Ciaconna in sol min for 3 violins and basso [Instrumental]
Purcell: Dido’s Lament (Dido and Aeneas)
Handel: Pensieri, voi mi tormentate (Agrippina)
Gesualdo: Tristis est animam mea [Instrumental]
Handel: Lascia ch’io pianga (Rinaldo)
Purcell: They tell us that you mighty powers (The Indian Queen)
Handel: Crystal streams in murmurs flowing (Susanna)
Arvo Pärt: Da pacem, Domine
Handel: Augelletti, che cantata (Rinaldo)
Handel: Da tempeste il legno infranto (Giulio Cesare)
Winner of the Grammy® award for Best Classical Vocal Solo in 2012, Joyce DiDonato has been proclaimed “perhaps the most potent female singer of her generation” by The New Yorker and with a voice “nothing less than 24-carat gold” according to The Times. Her popularity and talent knows no bounds. In 2015 she toured throughout Asia and the USA with Il Pomo d’Oro ; an ensemble of some of the finest musicians whose special focus is opera.
Il Pomo d’Oro refers to the title of an opera by Antonio Cesti, composed for the wedding of Emperor Leopold I of Austria and Margarita Teresa of Spain in 1666. The opera, which comprised of fifty singers and lasted ten hours, was the final part of an imperial celebration with fireworks of 73.000 rockets and a horse-ballet of 300 horses, with 24 stage sets and stunning special effects. Il Pomo d’Oro was probably the most excessive and expensive operatic production in the then young history of the art.
“The staggering, joyful artistry of Joyce DiDonato reminds us that in any generation there are a few giants. Joyce is not only a great, brave and inspiring artist but one of the finest singers of our time” Gramophone
Joyce DiDonato sings "Lascia ch'io pianga" from Händel's opera Rinaldo, accompanied by Il Pomo d'Oro
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Supported by The Irish Times
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