JOYCE DIDONATO MAKES CARNEGIE HALL RECITAL DEBUT
IN STERN AUDITORIUM/PERELMAN STAGE ON SUNDAY, MARCH 6
Recital Features World Premiere of Jake Heggie’s The Breaking Waves andIncludes Works by Haydn, Rossini, and Chaminade
Renowned American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato makes
her Carnegie Hall recital debut on Sunday, March 6 at 2:00 p.m. in Stern
Auditorium/Perelman Stage, collaborating with pianist David Zobel. Ms.
DiDonato’s program includes the world premiere of Jake Heggie’s The Breaking
Waves (commissioned by Carnegie Hall) alongside works by Haydn, Rossini,
Chaminade, and others. Complete program information is listed below.
Jake Heggie’s The Breaking Waves was commissioned by Carnegie Hall at
the request of Joyce DiDonato for this recital debut performance. The work is
based on text by Sister Helen Prejean, the central character in Mr. Heggie’s
opera, Dead Man Walking. Ms. DiDonato made her New York stage debut at
New York City Opera in the role of Sister Helen, marking the beginning of a
close relationship between Sister Helen, Ms. DiDonato, and Mr. Heggie. For this
commission, Mr. Heggie turned to Sister Helen for texts on which to base this
new work. Those that most resonated with the composer reflected moments of
self-realization through darkness and water. According to Mr. Heggie, “…the
text that leaped out immediately was her [Sister Helen’s] story of bodyboarding
in the ocean: feeling confident and filled with anticipation, then being overtaken
and swept away by an immense and unexpected wave. Fighting at first, and then
giving over to the power of that force and trusting it would take her to
shore…That theme of the breaking wave—a breaking sense of clarity, awareness
and trust—became the big theme for the cycle.” The work is divided into four
songs: “Advent,” “Darkness,” “Music,” and “Return.”
As part of Carnegie Hall’s Debut Blog series, carnegiehall.org/debut, Ms.
DiDonato has been contributing video blogs and written updates detailing her
journey and experiences as she has prepared to make her Carnegie Hall debut.About the Artists
Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato is among the world’s most enchanting
performers and the winner of many honors, including the Metropolitan Opera’s
Beverly Sills Award. Highlights of her 2010–2011 season include Sister Helen in
Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking at Houston Grand Opera, a North American
recital tour with pianist David Zobel, and performances at the Metropolitan
Opera as Isolier in Rossini’s Le comte Ory and Komponist in Strauss’s Ariadne
auf Naxos. Additional highlights include her debut at the Deutsche Oper
Berlin, where she appears as Rosina in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia;
as well as performances at the Teatro Real in Madrid as Octavian in Strauss’s Der
Rosenkavalier. She concludes the season with a European tour singing the
title role in Handel’s Ariodante with Il complesso barocco. The tour
coincides with the release of the CD, Diva, Divo, on EMI’s Virgin
Classics label and is followed by her return to the Royal Opera House in
Massenet’s Cendrillon. Born and educated in Kansas, Ms. DiDonato was a
member of the young artist programs of the San Francisco, Houston Grand, and
Santa Fe opera companies after graduate studies at Philadelphia’s Academy of
Vocal Arts. Since then, she has appeared on the world's major opera stages (in
Amsterdam, Barcelona, Chicago, Geneva, London, Milan, Munich, New York, Paris,
San Francisco, Tokyo, Vienna, and Berlin) and has given recitals and concerts
at London’s Wigmore Hall; Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw; and with the New York
Philharmonic; Cleveland Orchestra; San Francisco Symphony; Orchestre National
de Paris; St. Paul Chamber Orchestra; and the London Symphony Orchestra. At
Carnegie Hall, she has performed in recital with pianist Julius Drake (Weill
Recital Hall), with Les Talons Lyriques (Zankel Hall), as well as with the MET
Orchestra and as part of a Carnegie Hall Choral Workshop (Stern
Auditorium/Perelman Stage). Ms. DiDonato’s growing discography includes Handel
duets with soprano Patricia Ciofi, complete recordings of Rossini’s La
cenerentola, Handel’s Radamisto, Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini,
and DVDs of Handel’s Hercules, La cenerentola, and Il barbiere
di Siviglia. She has recorded three solo CDs: The Deepest Desire, ¡Pasión!,
and her debut recital from Wigmore Hall which was a Gramophone Editor’s Choice.
She made two recordings as an exclusive artist for EMI’s Virgin Classics label:
a selection of Rossini arias, and the album Furore with Les Talens Lyriques and
French pianist David Zobel was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship
as well as a Sony ES Award for Musical Excellence and has earned master of
music degrees in accompanying from The Juilliard School and in singers’
coaching from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris. Mr.
Zobel enjoys a successful career as collaborative pianist and opera accompanist
in France as well as internationally. He regularly accompanies singers at
distinguished competitions including the Plácido Domingo Competition, Le
concours de la ville de Paris, Le concours de l’Opéra de Marseille, the Queen
Elisabeth Competition, and the Belvedere Singing Competition in Vienna. As an
opera coach, he has worked with Le Théâtre du Châtelet (Paris), the Wiener
Staatsoper (Vienna), as well as France’s l' Opera de Montpellier, le Festival
de Radio France in Montpellier, and le Festival d'Aix en Provence, among
others. Mr. Zobel has collaborated with conductors including Christoph von
Dohnanyi, Christoph Eschenbach, and Sir John Elliot Gardiner. With Joyce
DiDonato, he has performed on some of the world’s most prestigious concert
stages including at Milan’s La Scala, New York City’s Lincoln Center, London’s
Wigmore Hall, Barcelona’s Liceu, Paris’s Le Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, and at
the Rossini Festival in Pessaro, Italy. Mr. Zobel accompanied Ms. DiDonato on
her first highly acclaimed solo album, The Deepest Desire, which was
awarded the Diapason d’or de l’année.Program Information
Sunday, March 6 at 2:00 p.m.Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage
JOYCE DIDONATO, Mezzo-SopranoDAVID ZOBEL, Piano
JOSEPH HAYDN Berenice, che fai, Hob. XXIVa:10
GIOACHINO ROSSINI "L'invito"
GIOACHINO ROSSINI "La partenza"
GIOACHINO ROSSINI "Le dodo des enfants"
GIOACHINO ROSSINI "Chanson de Zora"
CÉCILE CHAMINADE "Viens! mon bien-aimé!"
CÉCILE CHAMINADE "Villanelle"
CÉCILE CHAMINADE "Aubade"
CÉCILE CHAMINADE "L'été"
GIOACHINO ROSSINI "Assisa al piè d’un salice...Deh, calma," from Otello
JAKE HEGGIE The Breaking Waves (World Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie
ARTURO BUZZI-PECCIA "Lolita, serenata spagnola"
RUGGERO LEONCAVALLO "Serenata francese"
VINCENZO DI CHIARA "La spagnola"Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.
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