March 29, 2015

Joyce DiDonato to make Berlin Philharmonic debut with Simon Rattle at the podium

The American mezzo-soprano's highly anticipated April 11 concert with the BPO can be streamed live for free.

American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato has given unforgettable performances all over the world, from her recent spell at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in Rossini's La Donna del Lago and her acclaimed Maria Stuarda at Covent Garden in 2014 to her Perspectives series of recitals at Carnegie Hall. And who could forget last year's soaring national anthem at the baseball World Series in support of her home team the Kansas City Royals, broadcast to more than 25 million viewers?

Now DiDonato at last makes her Berlin Philharmonic debut with Sir Simon Rattle in the tour-de-force role of Marguerite in Berlioz's La Damnation de Faust.

Among her castmates as Méphistophélès is the bass Ludovic Tézier, one of the opera world's most in-demand singers, who appears on Diana Damrau's new album Fiamma del Belcanto.

Performances of La Damnation de Faust will take place at the Baden-Baden Easter Festival on 5 April, followed by two concerts at the Berlin Philharmonie on 10-11 April. This final performance will be streamed live via the Berlin Philharmonic Digital Concert Hall, free with the 48-hour free access code BADENBADEN2015.

DiDonato described rehearsals this week with Rattle and the BPO as "beyond a dream come true. These 2 days of rehearsals have been some of the greatest music-making experiences I have ever had the pleasure of taking part in," she enthused.