A radical re‑invention: Joyce DiDonato's War and Peace ...

Planet Hugill

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato’s latest project In War and Peace is a highly personal one. It involves the inevitable CD and attendant concert tour, and we caught her performance at the Barbican on Wednesday 22 November 2016. Yet the event was more than just a concert, it was theatrical event which DiDonato intended to make us think, to address the question ‘In the midst of chaos, how do we find peace’ Joyce DiDonato, accompanied by Il Pomo d’Oro directed from the harpsichord by Maxim Emelyanychev, sang arias from Handel’s Jephtha, Agrippina, Rinaldo, Susanna and Giulio Cesare, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and The Indian Queen, plus arias from Leo’s Andromaca, and Jommelli’s Attilio Regolo, and the orchestra played music by Gesualdo and Arvo Pärt.

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Image: Mark Allan / Barbican