Performance Tuesday, November 4, 2014 | 8 PM

Joyce DiDonato
David Zobel

A Journey Through Venice

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Joyce DiDonato’s performance "will be pointed to as a model of singing,” said The New York Times. In this recital, she leads a musical tour of Venice with songs and arias that span the Baroque to the 20th century. DiDonato communicates the sheer joy of singing with every phrase, a quality that’s made her one of the most beloved singers of her generation.


  • Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-Soprano
  • David Zobel, Piano


  • VIVALDI "Onde chiare che sussurrate" from Ercole su'l Termodonte
  • VIVALDI "Amato ben" from Ercole su'l Termodonte
  • FAURÉ Cinq mélodies "de Venise"
  • ROSSINI La regata veneziana
  • ROSSINI "Assisa al piè d’un salice ... Deh, calma," from Otello
  • HEAD Three Songs of Venice
  • HAHN from Venezia
    ·· Sopra l'acqua indormenzada
    ·· La barcheta
    ·· L'avertimento
    ·· Che pecà
    ·· La primavera


Rossini's "Anzoleta Co' Passa La Regata'
Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-Soprano | Julius Drake, Piano
Wigmore Hall Live

At a Glance

With its beauty menaced by drowning, Venice has held an alluring fascination for artists for centuries. Of the composers we hear on this evening’s program, only Vivaldi was a native Venetian; in his Ercole su’l Termodonte, he definitively showcases the glories of the Venetian operatic style of the Baroque era. All the other composers—Fauré, Rossini, Head, and Hahn—were tourists smitten by the city. An idyllic vacation in Venice helped Fauré rekindle his creative fire to write one of his greatest song cycles, Cinq mélodies “de Venise. Living in comfortable retirement in Paris, Rossini remembered fondly the city for which he’d composed so many operas early in his career with La regata veneziana, written in Venetian dialect. Hahn was a frequent visitor to Venice, and in his song cycle Venezia adopted both its local dialect and the lilt of its folk songs. Writing at the end of his career, Englishman Michael Head captured most fully the sadness that lies behind all the beauty and the sense of death hovering on every wave in his Three Songs of Venice.


Joyce DiDonato talk sabout bel canto and the joy of discovering new repertoire.

Perspectives: Joyce DiDonato
Sponsored by Ernst & Young LLP
This performance is part of Great Singers I, and Perspectives: Joyce DiDonato.

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