November 18, 2016
Joyce DiDonato launches 'In War & Peace' concert tour in Brussels
At the BOZAR arts centre in Brussels last night, Joyce DiDonato gave the inaugural concert of her international In War & Peace tour. Far more than an aria recital, the show promises choreography, dynamic on-stage interaction with Baroque ensemble Il pomo d'oro, and costumes by Vivienne Westwood as featured on the cover artwork for the new album In War & Peace.
The programme features Baroque arias by Purcell, Handel, Jommelli and Leonardo Leo, as heard on the album, as well as music by Monteverdi. Upcoming tour dates include In War & Peace concerts at New York's Carnegie Hall, London's Barbican Centre, the Berlin Philharmonie and the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris.
"Thrilled to have my dear friends Il Pomo d’Oro and Maxim Emelyanychev with me on what I know will be an unforgettable adventure, and something I have waited for with great anticipation," wrote DiDonato. "I hope you can join us, and reflect on how you find peace in the midst of chaos."
"I can't put out a major artistic statement for a new album and not have it addressing what's happening in the world today," she told the media in Brussels. "My job is a singer, a communicator, but it's impossible for me to stay quiet when I see injustices around us."