World-Renowned Vocalist Joyce DiDonato Brings 'In War and Peace' to Emory's Schwartz Center for Performing Arts

March 3, 2020

ATLANTA – Acclaimed mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato returns to Atlanta after nearly a decade to perform In War and Peace: Harmony through Music with Il pomo d’Oro, under the direction of Maxim Emelyanychev on Sunday, November 3, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. One of just a few U.S. stops on the project’s world tour, their Emory performance features some of the best Baroque arias—from Dido’s dignified but searing “Lament” in Purcell’s Dido and Aenas, to Handel’s “Dopo notte” from Ariodante. This empowering theatrical performance is presented in two parts: first war, then peace, entreating the audience to find peace in the midst of chaos.

As a citizen of the world in 2016, DiDonato found herself overwhelmed by the temptation to spiral into the turmoil and pessimism that seemingly invaded life. In response and resistance, DiDonato looked toward the creators of great art who have been depicting atrocity and pandemonium alongside tranquility and harmony for centuries, boldly showing us both our brutal nature and our elevated humanity. As art can unify, transcend borders, connect the disconnected, and soothe turmoil, it is a valiant path to peace.  With the help of Handel and Purcell, among other baroque masters, DiDonato invites the audience to look at the interwoven worlds of external conflict and serenity, internal war and peace, and to contemplate where we wish to reside within ourselves.

About the Artists: 

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, DiDonato 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.

Joyce DiDonato would like to thank The Pure Land Foundation for its generous support. She would also like to thank Five Arts Foundation as recommended by Helen Berggruen, Susan and John Singer, Helen and Peter Bing, The Howard and Sarah D. Solomon Foundation, Marnie and Kern Wildenthal and Paul Sekhri for their additional support.

The ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro was founded in 2012. It is characterized by an authentic, dynamic interpretation of operas and instrumental works from the Baroque and Classical period. The musicians are all well-known specialists and are among the best in the field of historical performance practice. The ensemble so far worked with the conductors Riccardo Minasi, Maxim Emelyanychev, Stefano Montanari, George Petrou, Enrico Onofri, and Francesco Corti. Since 2016 Maxim Emelyanychev has been its chief conductor.

About the Candler Concert Series:

Made possible by a generous gift from the late Flora Glenn Candler, the Candler Concert Series brings internationally-renowned artists to the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts at Emory University. Candler artists range from large ensembles to solo artists and come from a wide variety of musical genres.

All concerts are presented in the Emerson Concert Hall of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts (1700 N. Decatur Rd., Atlanta, GA 30322). Tickets are available through the Schwartz Center Box Office online at, in person, or by calling 404.727.5050 Monday – Friday, noon – 6 p.m.

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