Mezzo Magic: touring with Elīna Garanča, Magdalena Kožená & Joyce DiDonato



Our Tours & Projects department has the distinct pleasure of touring with three star mezzo-sopranos this month, each presenting a particularly personal project: Elīna Garanča embarks on a symphonic tour with Karel Mark Chichon and the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz; Magdalena Kožená on an intimate chamber music tour with Sir Simon Rattle and friends; and Joyce DiDonato is back on the road with her multi-media concert experience, In War & Peace: Harmony Through Music.

Marking a particularly busy month for the department, we will also be touring the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, who travel to the US for the first time in almost 50 years, taking the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin to Asia with Music Director Robin Ticciati and Nicola Benedetti, bringing the Orchestre de l’Opera de Paris with Philippe Jordan and Nina Stemme to Vienna and Hamburg, and taking Les Violons du Roy on their first ever tour to Asia, with Music Director Jonathan Cohen.

Elīna Garanča, Karel Mark Chichon & Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz: A Night At The Opera

Mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča will embark on a European tour this autumn with conductor Karel Mark Chichon and the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, presenting a programme entitled ‘A Night at the Opera’ in Amsterdam, Ludwigshafen, Bratislava and Paris.

Elīna will present two contrasting halves: arias from Luisa Miller, Don Carlos, Manon Lescaut, Adriana Lecouvreur, La forza del destino and El bateo, before a second half that centres on songs from the zarzuela, echoing the mezzo-soprano’s latest release on Deutsche Grammophon. The programme also includes two works arranged by Karel himself: Gardel’s El día que me quieras and Gastaldon’s Musica prohibita.

Elīna’s latest recording – Sol y Vida – is her first focusing entirely on non core-classical repertoire. Gramophone said of the album, “Everything here (not least the filmic arrangements) is overheated in the best sense … Her sheer joy in choosing and singing this repertoire is tangible.”

Tour dates: 1 October to 14 October | Venues: Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Festsaal BASF Feierabendhaus, Ludwigshafen, Slovak Philharmonic Concert Hall, Bratislava & Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris

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Magdalena Kožená & Friends

Capturing the atmosphere of informal, domestic music making, Czech mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená brings together an outstanding group of musical friends, including Sir Simon Rattle at the piano, for an intimate and highly personal collection of songs.

The international programme – which echoes her most recent collaboration with Pentatone, Soirée – features the songs of Brahms, Strauss, Chausson, Ravel, Stravinsky, Dvořák and Janáček, including new arrangements by conductor and composer Duncan Ward.

Magdalena and Sir Simon will be joined on tour by violinists Giovanni Guzzo and Rahel Rilling, viola player Amihai Grosz, cellist Dávid Adorján, flautist Kaspar Zehnder and clarinettist Andrew Marriner.

Tour dates: 14 October to 24 October + 26 November | Venues: Theater Orchester Biel, Theatre du Capitole, Toulouse, Palau de la Musica Catalana, Teatro alla Scala Milan, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, Athens, NOSPR Concert Hall, Katowice, Lincoln Center, New York

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Joyce DiDonato In War & Peace: Harmony Through Music

Joyce DiDonato‘s multi award-winning In War & Peace: Harmony Through Music has already been toured to 36 cities in 20 countries across the globe since its first performance at BOZAR Brussels in 2016, as well as being broadcast worldwide from both Spain and China, reaching more than 2 million people worldwide.

After three years of touring the programme around the world, Joyce will give 11 final performances in South America and the US, joined once again by regular collaborators Maxim Emelyanychev and il pomo d’oro, who will also perform several instrumental concerts during the tour.

Tour dates: 16 October to 10 November | Venues: Teatro Mayor, Bogota, Teatro Nacional Eduardo Brito, Santo Domingo, Sala São Paulo, CorpArtes, Santiago de Chile, Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires, Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Atlanta, Houston Grand Opera, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington DC, Carnegie Hall, New York

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