An exciting programme and a brilliant soloist – the Berliner Philharmoniker’s New Year’s Eve concert under Sir Simon Rattle has all the ingredients to put the audience in a party mood in a rousing start to a festive New Year’s Eve. Joyce DiDonato is the guest star of the 2017 New Year’s Eve concert, in which she presents a selection of orchestral songs by Richard Strauss under the direction of Sir Simon Rattle, including Zueignung, the composer’s first published song, and Morgen, the famous piece that Strauss gave to his wife Pauline, a singer and gifted performer of his works, for their wedding.
Sensual and fascinating
“It’s a dream for me to perform with this orchestra,” said Joyce DiDonato enthusiastically in an interview for the Digital Concert Hall. “I love it when the music spreads its wings and we fly together.” And the Berliner Philharmoniker also greatly appreciate the Kansas-born mezzo-soprano. Her great capital: a warm, nuanced and flexible voice, which impressively masters virtuoso coloratura just as well as intimate, lyrical phrases. The most recent demonstration of the intensity of her artistry in the Philharmonie was in June 2017, when Joyce DiDonato recreated the last thoughts and feelings of the dying Egyptian queen Cleopatra in Hector Berlioz’ Scène lyrique La Mort de Cléopâtre.
Don’t miss it!
You don’t have to miss the concert: in selected cinemas in selected countries you will be showing the concert live at 5 p.m. (CET) on 31 December 2017. The event will also be broadcast live from 5 p.m. in the Digital Concert Hall.