2023 Grammy Nominee for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album
Joyce DiDonato, executive producer and mezzo-soprano
Il Pomo d’Oro
Zefira Valova, conductor
Marie Lambert-Le Bihan, stage director
John Torres, lighting designer
A Cal Performances Co-commission
From the expansive musical mind of Joyce DiDonato comes EDEN, the renowned mezzo-soprano’s project exploring the majesty, might, and mystery of the natural world. As in her well-received Cal Performances program In War & Peace: Harmony Through Music, DiDonato is joined by longtime partners, the early-music ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro. The theatrical, semi-staged concert features music from the 17th to 21st centuries by Handel, Gluck, Cavalli, Mahler, Ives, and Copland. Oscar-winning British composer Rachel Portman contributes a new work written specially for the project, setting a text by American poet Gene Scheer for The First Morning of the World. “It’s a riveting show, superbly executed, by turns movingly hymning the wonders of nature… and blazing with conviction” (The Evening Standard).
Major support provided by The Bernard Osher Foundation.
Run time for this concert is approximately 90 minutes, with no intermission, but not including any possible encores.