Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano: SONGPLAY

NEC’s Jordan Hall

The “perfect 21st century diva” (New York Times) is a proud Kansan, a fierce arts advocate, a charismatic social media standout (follow her @JoyceDiDonato), and one of the most exciting and sought-after stars in opera, bringing fire and intelligence to Baroque, bel canto, and contemporary heroines. For her much-anticipated Boston recital debut, she and her five-piece ensemble will perform a broad range of improvisation-forward musical styles – ranging from Italian old-style art songs to jazz – in a joyful program that will draw unexpected and serendipitous connections across centuries and genres.

Joyce DiDonato voice
Craig Terry piano
Chuck Israels double bass
Jimmy Madison percussion
Charlie Porter trumpet
Lautaro Greco bandoneon

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Runtime: Approximately 90 minutes without intermission.

Prices, seating sections, and programs are subject to change.

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“Joyce DiDonato treated her fans to a top performance. Not a standard solo recital, but a magical night of total theater, with great singing and music.”

Opera Magazine

NEC’s Jordan Hall

30 Gainsborough Street, Boston



Tommaso Giordani  Caro mio ben *
Giulio Caccini  Amarilli, mia bella *
Elias Paul "Allie" Wrubel/Herbert Magidson   (I'm Afraid) The Masquerade is Over
Alessandro Parisotti/Salvator Rosa  Se tu m’ami/Star vicino *

Enrique Delfino  Griseta  │ Lautaro Greco, bandoneon   

Jerry Bock/Sheldon Harnick  “Will he like me?” from She Loves Me
Giuseppe Torelli  Tu lo sai *
Duke Ellington  Solitude                   

Charlie Porter  Prelude  │ Charlie Porter, trumpet

Benedetto Marcello  Quella fiamma            
Giovanni Paisello  Nel cor piu non mi sento *
George Shearing  Lullaby of Birdland

Zez Confrey  Dizzy Fingers  │  Craig Terry, piano

Gene Scheer  Lean Away, arr. Andrew Thomas
Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart  “With a song in my heart,” from Spring is Here

* Arrangement by Craig Terry with Chuck Israels