June 27, 2016

Live broadcast in cinemas tonight: Joyce DiDonato in Royal Opera House's Werther

As she continues to dazzle in this long-awaited role debut, DiDonato reveals the first details of her next album.

The rave reviews are flowing in for the Royal Opera House's production of Massenet's Werther, conducted by maestro Antonio Pappano, starring Vittorio Grigolo in the title role and Joyce DiDonato as his unattainable love Charlotte in her highly-anticipated role debut on stage.

Now you can watch the revival of French filmmaker Benoît Jacquot's searingly passionate production, as it is broadcast live this evening from London to cinemas around the world, 8pm CET.

"How beautifully and sensitively she sang, her Yankee freshness of personality irradiating every note," wrote The Telegraph critic of DiDonato's performance.

The acclaimed mezzo-soprano continues the run of performances until 13 July. Nonetheless, today she unveils the first details of her forthcoming album, to be released late 2016.

One of opera’s most outspoken and impassioned personalities, Joyce DiDonato will remind us on her next album In War and Peace that music “soothes turmoil, threatens power and the status quo, and gloriously exalts the spirit”. Her selection of arias demonstrates how powerfully Baroque opera explores the extremes of human nature – from the tumult of Handel’s Scenes of Horror, Scenes of Woe to Purcell’s descent into despair, Dido’s Lament.

Joyce’s longtime partners, the spirited Italian Baroque ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro, join her on this unique journey through sublime, challenging music; through chaos transformed by the eternal search for serenity.

In War and Peace, Harmony Through Music, will be released worldwide on 4 November. More details soon.