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La Jolla Music Society

Joyce DiDonato


Fusing music, movement, and theater, EDEN is a breathtaking tour-de-force from Joyce DiDonato, with Il Pomo d’Oro orchestra and Zefira Valova. By traveling seamlessly through four centuries of music—including a new commission by Academy Award-winning composer Rachel Portman—EDEN is a searing and singular experience of hope and connection that celebrates the majesty, might, and mystery of nature. DiDonato invites audiences to explore whether we are connecting to the pure essence of our being to create a new EDEN from within and plant seeds of hope for the future.

Please note:

EDEN is 90 minutes long and performed without intermission.

Late seating will not be available until nearly 30 minutes after the show begins.

EDEN includes the use of lighting effects and a water-based haze.

2023 GRAMMY Nominee for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album

Joyce DiDonato
Executive producer and mezzo-soprano

Early Music Ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro

Zefira Valova

Marie Lambert-Le Bihan
Stage director

John Torres
Lighting designer

Featuring the Challenger Middle School Choir, Marielena Teng, director

Click here for more info about EDEN in La Jolla


Military and Student discounts available! Call the Box Office at 858-459-3728 to learn more.


The Unanswered Question

The First Morning of the World

“Ich atmet’ einen linden Duft!” from Rückert-Lieder

Sinfonia terza (a cinque stromenti), Op. 7

“Con le stelle in ciel che mai” from Scherzi e canzone, Op.5

“Toglierò le sponde al mare” from Adamo ed Eva (Part II)

“Nature, the gentlest mother” from 8 Poems of Emily Dickinson

Sonata enharmonica

“Piante ombrose” from La Calisto

Danza degli spettri e delle furie. Allegro non troppo from Orfeo ed Euridice Wq. 30
“Misera, dove son!…Ah! non son io che parlo” From Ezio Wq. 15

“As with rosy steps the morn” from Theodora, HWV 68

“Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen” from Rückert-Lieder


About Joyce DiDonato:

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, Joyce 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 varied and highly acclaimed discography. She is also widely celebrated for the bel canto roles of Rossini and Donizetti.

Joyce’s exciting 2021-22 season included European tours of her baroque-inspired program “My Favourite Things” with Il Pomo d’Oro, in cities including Edinburgh, Salzburg, Bucharest, Barcelona, Antwerp and Lisbon, as well as her Winterreise and “In My Solitude” recital programs with pianist and longtime collaborator Craig Terry. Joyce also returned to the Royal Opera House Covent Garden as Irene in Handel’s Theodora alongside Julia Bullock and Jakub Józef Orliński. Most recently, Joyce has been touring her newly released album EDEN around Europe and the USA with Il Pomo d’Oro and Maxim Emelyanychev.
Recent highlights have included In My Solitude in Oviedo, Barcelona, Madrid, Essen, Amsterdam, Prague and St Petersburg, a breathtaking recital in Bochum for the Met Stars Live in Concert series, and Winterreise at the Musikverein Vienna and Festspielhaus Baden-Baden with Maxim Emelyanychev and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, respectively. Joyce was Carnegie Hall’s 19/20 Perspectives Artist with appearances including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Muti and Winterreise with Nézet-Séguin. The season also held the final tour of her album In War & Peace with Il Pomo d’Oro to South America culminating in Washington, DC, and a tour with the Orchestre Métropolitain under Nézet-Séguin.

In opera, Joyce’s recent roles include Agrippina at the Metropolitan Opera and in a new production at the Royal Opera House, Didon in Les Troyens at the Vienna State Opera; Sesto, Cendrillon and Adalgisa in Norma at the Metropolitan Opera, Agrippina in concert with Il Pomo d’Oro under Maxim Emelyanchev; Sister Helen in Dead Man Walking at the Teatro Real Madrid and London’s Barbican Centre; Semiramide at the Bavarian State Opera and Royal Opera House, and Charlotte in  Werther at the Royal Opera. Most recently she received rave reviews for her performances as Virginia Woolf in the world premiere of The Hours at the Metropolitan Opera.

Much in demand on the concert and recital circuit, Joyce has held residencies at Carnegie Hall and at London’s Barbican Centre, toured extensively in the United States, South America, Europe and Asia and appeared as guest soloist at the BBC’s Last Night of the Proms. Other concert highlights include the Berlin Philharmonic under Sir Simon Rattle, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique under Sir John Eliot Gardiner, the Philadelphia Orchestra under Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and the Accademia Santa Cecilia Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra USA under Sir Antonio Pappano.

An exclusive recording artist with Warner Classics/Erato, Joyce’s expansive discography includes Les Troyens which in 2018 won the Recording (Complete Opera) category at the International Opera Awards, the Opera Award at the BBC Music Magazine Awards and Gramophone’s Recording of the Year, and Handel’s Agrippina which won the Gramophone Opera Recording and Limelight Opera Recording of the Year awards in 2020. Joyce’s other albums include her celebrated Winterreise with Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Songplay, In War & Peace which won the 2017 Best Recital Gramophone Award; Stella di Napoli; her GRAMMY- Award-winning Diva Divo; and Drama Queens. Other honours include the Gramophone Artist of the Year and Recital of the Year awards, and an induction into the Gramophone Hall of Fame.

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