Performance Sunday, March 6, 2011 | 2 PM

Joyce DiDonato
David Zobel

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
This Yankee Diva (as she calls herself) is a “gilt-edged opera star” (The New York Times). Though she made her name singing Rossini, she’s also built a reputation as an interpreter of new music. On this recital, she introduces us to new songs from Jake Heggie—DiDonato starred in the New York premiere of his opera Dead Man Walking—and works by Rossini, Haydn, and Chaminade.


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


  • HAYDN "Berenice, che fai," Hob. XXIVa:10
  • ROSSINI "L'invito"
  • ROSSINI "La partenza"
  • ROSSINI "Le dodo des enfants"
  • ROSSINI "Chanson de Zora"
  • CHAMINADE "Viens! mon bien-aimé!"
  • CHAMINADE "Villanelle"
  • CHAMINADE "Aubade"
  • CHAMINADE "L'été"
  • ROSSINI "Assisa al piè d’un salice...Deh, calma," from Otello
  • JAKE HEGGIE The Breaking Waves (World Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
  • BUZZI-PECCIA "Lolita" (serenata spagnola)
  • LEONCAVALLO "Serenata francese"
  • DI CHIARA "La spagnola"

  • Encores:
  • MASSENET "Je suis gris!" from Chérubin
  • ROSSINI "Tanti affetti" from La donna del Lago
  • ARLEN "Over the Rainbow" from The Wizard of Oz


  • David Zobel

    French pianist David Zobel is a recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship and a Sony ES Award for Musical Excellence. He earned 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 and abroad. He regularly accompanies singers at distinguished competitions, including the Plácido Domingo International Voice Competition, Le concours de la ville de Paris, Concours international d’opéra in Marseille, the Queen Elisabeth Competition, and the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in Vienna.

    As an opera coach, he is associated with Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, the Vienna State Opera, Het Muziektheater Amsterdam, Opéra National de Montpellier, Festival de Radio France in Montpellier, Festival d’Aix en Provence, and the Stanislawski Theatre. He has worked with many distinguished conductors, including Christoph von Dohnányi, Christoph Eschenbach, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Lawrence Foster, Alain Altinoglu, Antonino Fogliani, and Marc Minkowski. With Mr. Minkowski, Mr. Zobel collaborated in the Olivier Py production of Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande in Moscow, which received the Russian Golden Mask National Theatre Award for Best Opera of the Year and Best Conductor, and on which Philippe Béziat based his film Le chant des aveugles.

    With Ms. DiDonato, Mr. Zobel has performed on some of the world’s most prestigious concert stages, including at Teatro alla Scala, Lincoln Center, Wigmore Hall, Gran Teatre de Liceu in Barcelona, La Monnaie in Brussels, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, and at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pessaro. Mr. Zobel accompanies Ms. DiDonato on her first highly acclaimed solo album The Deepest Desire, which was awarded the Diapason d’Or de l’Année.
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  • Joyce DiDonato

    Joyce DiDonato has soared to international prominence through her interpretations of Rossini, Handel, and Mozart, supported by an extensive and expanding discography and high-profile world premieres and recitals.

    Born in Kansas and a graduate of Wichita State University, Ms. DiDonato trained at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, and through the young artist programs at the San Francisco, Houston, and Santa Fe operas. Specializing in Rossini, she has been a sensation on all of the world’s major stages. In particular, her interpretation of Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Metropolitan Opera stunned New York audiences. The concurrent transmissions on cinema screens throughout the world were awarded equal acclaim.

    After her role debut as Adalgisa in Norma at the Salzburg Festival, Ms. DiDonato continued the 2010–2011 season at the Edinburgh International Festival, singing Idamante in Idomeneo with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. In October 2010, she won the coveted Artist of the Year Award from Gramophone (by public vote). In the same month, she collected the German Echo Klassik Award for Female Singer of the Year and made her debut at the Deutsche Oper Berlin as Rosina. Ms. DiDonato returned to the Teatro Real in Madrid for her first European turn as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier and reprised her widely acclaimed portrayal of Sister Helen for the Houston Grand Opera in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking. Ms. DiDonato’s season concludes with Rossini’s Le comte Ory (Isolier) and Ariadne auf Naxos (Komponist) for the Metropolitan Opera. To celebrate her new CD release on Virgin Classics—Diva/Divo, celebrating the theatrical, gender-bending world of the mezzo-soprano—she will tour Europe in the title role of Handel’s Ariodante. She concludes the season in London and Baden-Baden with Massenet’s Cendrillon and Mozart’s Don Giovanni (Donna Elvira), respectively.

    Ms. DiDonato’s honors include the Metropolitan Opera’s Beverly Sills Award, the 2002 Richard Tucker Award, the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Singer of the Year Award, and citations from Operalia, as well as the George London and Sullivan foundations.
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Fauré “En sourdine” from Mélodies, Op. 58, No. 2
Joyce DiDonato,  Mezzo-Soprano / Julius Drake, Piano
Wigmore Hall Live

This performance is part of Great Singers I, Great Singers I Mini, and Vocal Adrenaline.