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Carnegie Hall Presents Joyce DiDonato: EDEN on Saturday, April 23 at 8:00PM in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

Joined by Maxim Emelyanychev
and Il Pomo d’Oro,
Mezzo-Soprano Joyce DiDonato
Presents a Wide-Ranging Program
That Invites Concertgoers
To Consider Nature &
Their Own Place in The World

Joyce DiDonato Joyce DiDonato by Sergi Jasanada

(New York, NY, April 6, 2022)—Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato brings her latest innovative project to Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage on Saturday, April 23 at 8:00 p.m. Titled EDEN, the program explores our individual connection to nature and its impact on our world and features Ms. DiDonato’s frequent collaborators Maxim Emelyanychev leading Italian chamber orchestra Il Pomo d’Oro. Fusing music, movement, and theater, the program includes works spanning from the 17th to the 21st century by Handel, Gluck, Wagner, Mahler, Ives, and Copland, as well as the New York premiere of Academy Award-winning composer Rachel Portman’s The First Morning of the World, commissioned specifically for this project.

Ms. DiDonato’s passionate belief, and the driving force behind EDEN, is that a collective return to our “best selves” is needed to not only address our current climate crisis, but the crisis of heart, as well. By examining our relationship to the natural world and our unique place within it, EDEN invites the listener to explore and search for answers about belonging, purpose, and healing.

“With each passing day,” writes Ms. DiDonato, “I trust more and more in the perfect balance, astonishing mystery, and guiding force of the natural world around us, how much Mother Nature has to teach us. EDEN is an invitation to return to our roots and to explore whether or not we are connecting as profoundly as we can to the pure essence of our being, to create a new EDEN from within and plant seeds of hope for the future.”

DiDonato describes how, in challenging times, contact with the natural world in conjunction with her musical life makes her “feel connected and sense that I’m an integral part of something bigger. A seed is awakened within me. This is precisely when I seek out the comfort and connection of music: with each passing day I trust more and more in the perfect balance, astonishing mystery, and guiding force of the musical world. Both nature and music are showing us the way—a way dictated by harmony and balance. Will we answer the call?"

Ms. DiDonato released EDEN, in collaboration with Mr. Emelyanychev and Il Pomo D’Oro on the Erato label in February 2022. The ensemble presented the first live presentation of EDEN in Europe in March 2022 and plan to perform the program in 45 venues across five continents from 2022 through 2024. As an integral part of EDEN, teaching artists have also connected with local students on education programs tied to the concert, supporting students’ voices as they also gain a deeper understanding of nature and their direct impact in the world.

In addition, on the previous evening—Friday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m.Maxim Emelyanychev leads Il Pomo d’Oro in a program to include works by J. S. Bach, Haydn, Telemann, and Michel Corrette’s “Les sauvages et la furstemberg” from 25 Concertos Comiques, presented in Weill Recital Hall.

About The Artists
Multi-Grammy Award winner and 2018 Olivier Award winner for Outstanding Achievement in Opera, Kansas-born Joyce DiDonato entrances audiences across the globe, and has been proclaimed “perhaps the most potent female singer of her generation” by The New Yorker. With a voice “nothing less than 24-carat gold” according to the Times, Joyce has soared to the top of the industry both as a performer and a fierce advocate for the arts, gaining international prominence in operas by Handel and Mozart, as well as through her wide-ranging, acclaimed discography. She is also widely acclaimed for the bel canto roles of Rossini and Donizetti.

Much in demand on the concert and recital circuit, Joyce has held residencies at Carnegie Hall (presenting Perspectives series in two separate seasons: 2014—2015 and 2019—2020) and at London’s Barbican Center; toured extensively in the United States, South America, Europe, and Asia; and appeared as guest soloist at the BBC’s Last Night of the Proms. Other concert highlights include appearances with the Berliner Philharmoniker with Sir Simon Rattle, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique with Sir John Eliot Gardiner, The Philadelphia Orchestra with Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and the Accademia Santa Cecilia Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra of the USA with Sir Antonio Pappano.

An exclusive recording artist with Erato/Warner Classics, Joyce’s award-winning discography includes Les Troyens which, in 2018, won the Recording (Complete Opera) category at the International Opera Awards, the Opera Award at the BBC Music Magazine Awards, and Gramophone’s Recording of the Year. An extensive recording artist, other recent albums include Songplay, In War & Peace which won the 2017 Best Recital Gramophone Award, Stella di Napoli, her Grammy Award-winning Diva Divo and Drama Queens. Other honors include the Gramophone Artist of the Year and Recital of the Year awards, and an induction into the Gramophone Hall of Fame.

Shortly after his conducting debut at the age of 12, Maxim Emelyanychev was invited to conduct international baroque and symphonic orchestras in Russia. In 2013, he became Principal Conductor of the historically informed orchestra Il Pomo d’Oro and principal conductor of the Nizhny-Novgorod Soloists Chamber Orchestra.

This season, he joins Il Pomo d’Oro and Joyce DiDonato on three different concert tours in Europe and the USA, in Handel’s Theodora—which they have recorded for Warner in September 2021–and EDEN. Other highlights of the 2021–2022 season include his debut with prestigious international orchestras: Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra as well as return engagements with the Antwerp Symphony, the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and a European tour with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, followed by appearances at the Radio-France Montpellier Festival and the Edinburgh International Festival.

Founded in 2012, Il Pomo d’Oro presents authentic, dynamic interpretation of operas and instrumental works from the Baroque and Classical periods. The musicians are all well-known specialists and are among the best in the field of historical performance practice.

Il Pomo d’Oro is a regular guest in prestigious concert halls and festivals all over Europe. The ensemble’s discography includes several opera recordings: Handel’s Agrippina, Serse, Tamerlano, Partenope, and Ottone, Leonardo Vinci’s Catone in Utica, and Alessandro Stradella’s La Doriclea and features recitals with the countertenors Jakub Józef Orliński, Franco Fagioli, Max Emanuel Cencic, and Xavier Sabata, with mezzo-sopranos Ann Hallenberg and Joyce DiDonato and with sopranos Lisette Oropesa, Francesca Aspromonte, and Emöke Baráth. Among the group’s instrumental albums, the recordings of Haydn’s violin and harpsichord concertos as well as a cello album with Edgar Moreau received Echo Klassik Awards in 2016.

Il Pomo d’Oro is an artistic ambassador of El Sistema Greece, a humanitarian project to provide free musical education to children in Greek refugee camps. The ‘Il Pomo d’oro Academy‘ was launched online during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, offering free music lessons to music students worldwide.

Program Information

Friday, April 22, 2022 at 7:30 PM
Weill Recital Hall
Maxim Emelyanychev, Conductor

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Major, BWV 1050
JOSEPH HAYDN Harpsichord Concerto in D Major, Hob. XVIII: 11
GEORG PHILIPP TELEMANN Quatuor No. 6 in E Minor, TWV 43:e4 from Nouveaux quatuors
MICHEL CORRETTE “Les sauvages et la furstemberg” from 25 Concertos Comiques

Tickets $57, $68.

Saturday, April 23, 2022 at 8:00 PM
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

Joyce DiDonato, Executive Producer and Mezzo-Soprano
Maxim Emelyanychev, Conductor
Il Pomo d’Oro

Marie Lambert-Le Bihan, Stage Director
John Torres, Lighting Designer

CHARLES IVES The Unanswered Question
RACHEL PORTMAN The First Morning of the World (NY Premiere)
GUSTAV MAHLER "Ich atmet’ einen linden Duft" from Rückert-Lieder
MARCO UCCELLINI Sinfonia à 5, No. 3, Op. 7
BIAGIO MARINI "Con le stelle in ciel che mai" from Scherzi e canzonette, Op. 5, No. 3
JOSEF MYSLIVEČEK "Toglierò le sponde al mare" from Adamo ed Eva
AARON COPLAND "Nature, the gentlest mother" from 8 Poems of Emily Dickinson
GIOVANNI VALENTINI Sonata in G Minor, "Enharmonic"
FRANCESCO CAVALLI "Piante ombrose" from La Calisto
CHRISTOPH WILLIBALD GLUCK "Danza degli spettri e delle furie" from Orfeo ed Euridice
CHRISTOPH WILLIBALD GLUCK "Misera, dove son! ... Ah! non son io che parlo" from Ezio
GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL "As with rosy steps the morn" from Theodora
GUSTAV MAHLER "Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen" from Rückert-Lieder

Tickets $32–$105. 


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