For Immediate Release

Contact: Stephanie Janes PR, (617) 419-0445, stephanie@stephaniejanespr.com 

Celebrity Series of Boston
Gary Dunning, President and Executive Director
Presents

Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano: SONGPLAY

Craig Terry, keys
Chuck Israels, double bass
Jimmy Madison, drums
Lautaro Greco, bandoneon
Charlie Porter, trumpet

Friday, March 1, 2019, 8pm — NEC’s Jordan Hall
Joyce DiDonato high-res photo | Joyce DiDonato video preview
Celebrity Series Press Room

(Boston) Celebrity Series of Boston will present mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato in SONGPLAY on Friday, March 1, 2019, at 8pm at NEC’s Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA. 

Tickets start at $45 and are available online at www.celebrityseries.org, by calling (617) 482-6661 Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., or at NEC’s Jordan Hall Box Office, 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA.

This performance marks the Celebrity Series debut for Joyce DiDonato. 

Multi-Grammy Award winner and 2018 Olivier Award winner for Outstanding Achievement in Opera, Kansas-born Joyce DiDonato entrances audiences across the globe and has been proclaimed “perhaps the most potent female singer of her generation” by the New Yorker. With a voice “nothing less than 24-carat gold” according to the Times, Joyce has soared to the top of the industry both as a performer and a fierce advocate for the arts, gaining international prominence in operas by Handel and Mozart, as well as through her wide-ranging, acclaimed discography. She is also widely acclaimed for the bel canto roles of Rossini and Donizetti.

Much in demand on the concert and recital circuit she has recently held residencies at Carnegie Hall and at London’s Barbican Centre, toured extensively in the United States, South America, Europe and Asia and appeared as guest soloist at the BBC’s Last Night of the Proms. Recent highlights include the Rotterdam Philharmonic under Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Berlin Philharmonic under Sir Simon Rattle, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Ricardo Muti, and extensive touring with Il pomo d’oro under Maxim Emelyanychev, as well as recitals with the Brentano Quartet at Wigmore Hall and with Pappano at The Royal Opera.

In opera, Joyce’s recent roles include Sister Helen Dead Man Walking at the Teatro Real Madrid and London’s Barbican Centre, her first Didon Les Troyensunder John Nelsons in Strasbourg, her first Semiramidein a new production at the Bavarian State Opera, the title role in Ariodante on tour with the English Concert and Harry Bicket, Semiramideand Charlotte Wertherunder Pappano at The Royal Opera, and the title role in Cendrillon, Adalgisa Norma, Elena La donna del lagoat the Metropolitan Opera, as well as the title role in Maria Stuardafor the Metropolitan Opera, The Royal Opera and the Liceu Barcelona.

Joyce’s 2018/19 season sees her first staged Didon Les Troyensat the Vienna State Opera, her Sesto at the Metropolitan Opera and Agrippina in concert with Il pomo d’oro. She will also perform at the BBC Proms and in Hamburg with the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique under Sir John Eliot Gardiner, with the Philadelphia Orchestra at Carnegie Hall under Nézet-Séguin, with Il pomo d’oro under Emelyanychev on tour to Moscow and Asia, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Muti, and the Accademia Santa Cecilia Orchestra under Pappano.  The season also sees the release of her latest major album on Warner SongPlay which will tour the United States, ‘Winterreise’ in recital in Kansas City and Ann Arbor with Nézet-Séguin at the piano, and will culminate in a tour of the US and Europe with NYO USA under Pappano. 

An exclusive recording artist with Erato/Warner Classics, Joyce’s most recent release Les Troyens has won the Recording (Complete Opera) category at the 2018 International Opera Awards, the Opera Award at the 2018 BBC Music Magazine Awards and is nominated in the Opera category at this year’s Gramophone Awards. An extensive recording artist, other recent albums include In War & Peace which won the 2017 Best Recital Gramophone Award, Stella di Napoli, her Grammy-Award-winning Diva Divo and Drama Queens. Other honors include the Gramophone Artist of the Year and Recital of the Year awards, and an induction into the Gramophone Hall of Fame.

Program to be announced.

About Celebrity Series of Boston  

Celebrity Series of Boston was founded in 1938 by pianist and impresario Aaron Richmond. Over the course of its 80-year history, Celebrity Series has presented an array of the world’s greatest performing artists, including including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Marian Anderson, Emanuel Ax, Ballet Russe De Monte Carlo, Béla Bartók, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Kirsten Flagstad, Renée Fleming, Dizzy Gillespie, Glenn Gould, Martha Graham, Herbie Hancock, Vladimir Horowitz, Diana Krall, Fritz Kreisler, Yo-Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis, Ignace Paderewski, Luciano Pavarotti, Itzhak Perlman, Leontyne Price, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Mstislav Rostropovich, Artur Rubenstein, Andrés Segovia, Igor Stravinsky, Arturo Toscanini, and many more.

Now presenting orchestras and chamber ensembles, vocal and piano music, contemporary dance, jazz, spoken word, and more, Celebrity Series believes in the power of excellence and innovation in the performing arts to enrich life experiences, transform lives and build better communities. Through its Arts for All! community programs, Celebrity Series seeks to build a community of Greater Boston where the performing arts are a valued, lifelong, shared experience – on stages, on streets, in neighborhoods – everywhere.

Celebrity Series of Boston is grateful to our 2018-19 Season Sponsors Amy & Joshua Boger, and to the many individuals, corporations, foundations, and government agencies whose support helps fulfill our mission to present performing artists who inspire and enrich our community. Institutional supporters include the Barr Foundation through its ArtsAmplified initiative, Garbis and Arminé Barsoumian Charitable Foundation, Boston Cultural Council, The Boston Foundation, Stephanie L. Brown Foundation, The Catered Affair, Susanne Marcus Collins Foundation, Deloitte LLP, D.L. Saunders Real Estate Corp., Foley & Lardner LLP, Liberty Mutual Foundation, Massachusetts Cultural Council, National Endowment for the Arts, The Peabody Foundation, Cynthia and John S. Reed Foundation, Royal Little Family Foundation, Stifler Family Foundation, and many others. 

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