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

  • Encores:
  • ROSSINI Canzonetta spagnuola
  • DE CURTIS Non ti scordar di me

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.


  • Joyce DiDonato

    Winner of the 2012 Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Solo, Kansas-born Joyce DiDonato entrances audiences and critics alike across the globe. She has soared to the top of the industry both as a performer and a fierce arts advocate, gaining international prominence through her interpretations of Rossini, Handel, and Mozart, as well as through her wide-ranging, acclaimed discography.

    Much in demand on the concert and recital circuit, Ms. DiDonato holds residencies this season at both Carnegie Hall and the Barbican. Recently, she completed an acclaimed recital tour of South America, and has appeared in concert and recital in Berlin, Vienna, Milan, Toulouse, Mexico City, and Aspen. Additionally, she appeared as guest singer at the BBC's Last Night of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

    In opera, she appeared last season in the title role of Cendrillon at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, as Sesto in La clemenza di Tito at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Angelina in La Cenerentola at the Metropolitan Opera, and the title role of Donizetti's Maria Stuarda at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Highlights this season include performances as Romeo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi in her native Kansas City, Elena in La donna del lago at the Metropolitan Opera, the title role of Maria Stuarda in Barcelona, the title role of Alcina with The English Concert, and Marguerite in La damnation de Faust with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle.

    An exclusive recording artist with Erato / Warner Classics, Ms DiDonato's most recent recording, Stella di Napoli,is a sumptuous bel cantobanquet that includes little-known gems alongside music by Bellini, Rossini, and Donizetti. Her Grammy Award-winning recording Diva Divo comprises arias by male and female characters, celebrating the rich dramatic world of the mezzo-soprano. The recording that followed, Drama Queens,was exceptionally well received, both on disc and on several international tours. A retrospective of her first 10 years of recordings entitled ReJoyce! was released last year.

    Ms. DiDonato's honors include the Gramophone Artist of the Year and Recital of the Year awards, two German ECHO Klassik awards as Female Singer of the Year, and an induction into the Gramophone Hall of Fame.

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  • David Zobel

    David Zobel, born in Toulouse, is a collaborative pianist and opera accompanist in France and abroad. He regularly collaborates with acclaimed mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, with whom he has played in prestigious venues such as theGran Teatre del Liceu, La Monnaie, La Scala, Berlin's Philharmonie, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, and Wigmore Hall. He also performs on Ms. DiDonato's first solo album The Deepest Desire, which features an array of American songs by Bernstein, Copland, and Jake Heggie, and was awarded the Diapason d'Or de l'Année.

    Mr. Zobel also accompanies singers at world-renowned competitions such as Operalia, Le concours de la ville de Paris, Concours international d'Opéra de Marseille, Concours international de chant de Toulouse, Concours Reine Elisabeth, and the Belvedere Singing Competition in Vienna.

    In addition, Mr. Zobel works as an opera coach in several French and foreign theaters, such as Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Vienna State Opera, Muziektheater Amsterdam, La Monnaie in Brussels, Opéra National de Montpellier, Festival de Radio France in Montpellier, Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, and Opernhaus Zürich. He has collaborated with esteemed conductors, such as Alain Altinoglu, Paolo Carignani, Christoph von Dohnányi, Patrick Davin, Christoph Eschenbach, Lawrence Foster, Patrick Fournillier, Antonino Fogliani, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Fabio Luisi, Patrick Lange, Nello Santi, and Marc Minkowski. With Mr. Minkowski, Mr. Zobel collaborated in
    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 filmPelléas et Mélisande, le chant des aveugles.

    Mr. Zobel is a graduate from the Toulouse and Paris conservatories, and The Juilliard School. He is also a recipient of the Fulbright scholarship.

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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.
Program Notes


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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