• Monday, Jan 31, 2011

    Mezzo-Soprano Joyce DiDonato Makes Carnegie Hall Recital Debut with Pianist David Zobel March 6



    Recital Features World Premiere of Jake Heggie’s The Breaking Waves and
    Includes 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 Christophe Rousset.

    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
    , Mezzo-Soprano
    DAVID ZOBEL, Piano

    JOSEPH HAYDN Berenice, che fai, Hob. XXIVa:10
    GIOACHINO ROSSINI "La partenza"
    GIOACHINO ROSSINI "Le dodo des enfants"
    GIOACHINO ROSSINI "Chanson de Zora"
    CÉCILE CHAMINADE "Viens! mon bien-aimé!"
    CÉCILE CHAMINADE "Villanelle"
    GIOACHINO ROSSINI "Assisa al piè d’un salice...Deh, calma," from Otello
    JAKE HEGGIE The Breaking Waves (World Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
    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. 

    Ticket Information
    Tickets, priced from $31 to $88 are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website, carnegiehall.org.

    For Carnegie Hall Corporation presentations taking place in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, a limited number of seats, priced at $10, will be available day-of-concert beginning at 11:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 12:00 noon on Sunday until one hour before the performance or until supply lasts. The exceptions are Carnegie Hall Family Concerts and gala events. These $10 tickets are available to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis at the Carnegie Hall Box Office only. There is a two-ticket limit per customer.

    In addition, for all Carnegie Hall presentations in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage a limited number of partial view (seats with obstructed or limited sight lines or restricted leg room) will be sold for 50% of the full price. For more information on this and other discount ticket programs, including those for students, Notables members, and Bank of America customers, visit carnegiehall.org/discounts.




    # # #