Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Joyce DiDonato join forces with the Philadelphia Orchestra

Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin and mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato join forces once again this week for an extraordinary programme with The Philadelphia Orchestra. The pair will give three performances at Verizon Hall between 8 and 10 November, before travelling to New York for a final performance at Carnegie Hall on Tuesday 13 November.

The programme opens with Wagner’s Prelude to Act I of Lohengrin before Joyce DiDonato takes centre-stage in Chausson’s romantic Poème de l’amour et de la mer. The concert then concludes with Mason Bates’ kaleidoscopic Anthology of Fantastic Zoology – a work which received its UK premiere earlier this year with BBC Symphony Orchestra led by Cristian Măcelaru – and Respighi’s colourful The Fountains of Rome.

Joyce and Yannick have a long history of working together, with their collaborations including countless opera and concert performances, as well as several recordings. Most recently, they presented a programme of arias by Handel, Bellini, and Rossini celebrating the centenary of The Rotterdam Philharmonic in June 2018, where Yannick led the orchestra for the final time as their Music Director before taking up his position as Music Director at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The concert was live-streamed across the world and is still available to watch on demand via medicitv.

In July, Deutsche Grammophon released the latest in Yannick’s Mozart opera cycle, La clemenza di Tito, with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Joyce DiDonato as Sesto, Rolando Villazón as Tito, Marina Rebeka as Vitellia, and Adam Plachetka as Publio.

The duo will also deliver a very special recital later this year, where Yannick will accompany Joyce from the piano for Schubert’s Winterreise. They perform first on Thursday 13 December at Folly Theatre in Joyce’s home town Kansas City, followed by a performance on Sunday 16 December at Hill Auditorium of the University of Michigan.

Yannick speaks about working with Joyce, and about Chausson’s Poème de l’amour et de la mer in the video below:

Visit The Philadelphia Orchestra website for more information about Yannick and Joyce’s concert performances this week.

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