Since the premiere performance in Brussels in November 2016, Joyce and il pomo d’oro have performed In War & Peace in 28 cities in 15 countries in Europe, Canada and the US. The programme has been widely well-received by critics across the world and the accompanying recording has won multiple awards. A DVD – recorded live at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona – was released in April this year.
“If there is anybody to sing the baroque repertoire and to catch the inner, deeper sense of that music‑ the sense of inner conflict between war and peace‑ this Is Joyce DiDonato. And what is more‑ she allows anyone in the audience to feel the music and truth.” Opera World
“Few opera singers of the highest calibre would feel the need to dramatise their concert performances in this way; few enough would have the panache. Yet fewer still could convince as firmly as DiDonato did on this occasion that if an aria is to be more than just heard, it has got to be more than just sung.” The Irish Times
“It’s hard to imagine that a mere CD could fulfil such a messianic purpose. But the first cut, “Scenes of horror, scenes of woe,” from Handel’s Jephtha, gives a sense of what she’s up to …” Opera News
“Most singers give recitals, and very nice they are too. But there are some – Bartoli, Florez, Netrebko, Terfel – who really put on a show. Mezzo Joyce DiDonato might just be the queen of this select band, and between the projections, smoke, sound effects, costume changes, lighting design and a solo dancer, her latest project throws down the gauntlet to any singer who thinks it’s enough just to learn the music and turn up in a clean frock.” Alexandra Coghlan, The Arts Desk
Joyce’s aim with what she’s coined “perhaps my most personal project to date” is to steer conversation and discourse to help all of us find peace in our lives in a dynamic way. While travelling the world with the project, Joyce has been asking audiences the following question:
“In the midst of chaos, how do you find peace?”
So far, the question has been answered by more than 500 people from 50 countries via the In War & Peace website, and by thousands more in the 28 cities where the production has been performed.
We are thrilled to be working with Joyce and il pomo d’oro on this project and look forward to taking In War & Peace: Harmony Through Music back on tour next year, with performances in mainland China, Taiwan, South Korea and the Middle East.
As part of their trip to Russia, il pomo d’oro will also perform a programme of works by Mozart on Friday 30 November.