Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Joyce DiDonato Headlines Bastille Day Concert At Eiffel Tower

Bryn Terfel and Joyce DiDonato during a rehearsal in Paris
"She's no stranger to singing at major outdoor gatherings broadcast to a television audience of millions around the world, as she did last year when she performed the national anthem at the final game of the Major League Baseball World Series. Tonight Joyce DiDonato is an American in Paris, singing at the foot of the Eiffel Tower for Paris' annual Bastille Day classical gala, the Grand Concert de Musique Classique. Performing alongside the likes of Bryn Terfel (the duet 'La ci darem la mano' from Mozart's Don Giovanni), Lang Lang and Gautier Capuçon. The 2014 extravaganza was headed by the beloved homegrown soprano Natalie Dessay, but this year's vocal pyrotechnics come from the Kansas-born mezzo-soprano who received a major award from French classical music magazine Diapason d'Or for
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her last album of rare Italian arias, Stella di Napoli. There will certainly be an American flavour to proceedings, with Bernstein and Gershwin on the programme. Erato is proud of its strong French routes and early championing of French music and artists - but also of its international outlook today. Joyce singing for the people of Paris and viewers around the world in front of the Eiffel Tower could sum up perfectly Erato and Warner Classics' vision today. The concert will finish, as it does every year, with a spectacular fireworks display. Vive la France, vive la musique!" [Source] See the program and star-studded roster after the jump.

HECTOR BERLIOZ La Damnation de Faust (Marche de Rákóczy)

LEONARD BERNSTEIN West Side Story (Mambo)

LEONARD BERNSTEIN Candide (Ouverture)

SERGUEÏ RACHMANINOV Vocalise with Julie Fuchs

CARL ORFF Carmina Burana (Tempus est iocundum – Finale) with the Radio France choir and choir school

GIUSEPPE VERDI Aida (Gloria all’Egitto) with the Radio France choir

GIACOMO PUCCINI Madame Butterfly (Un bel dì, vedremo) with Sonya Yoncheva

CHARLES LECOCQ Les cent vierges (O Paris, gai séjour de plaisir - Grande valse) with Sonya Yoncheva

GIACOMO PUCCINI Turandot (Nessun dorma) with Fabio Sartori and the Radio France choir

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Don Giovanni (La ci darem la mano) with Joyce DiDonato and Bryn Terfel

GIACOMO PUCCINI Tosca (Te Deum) with Bryn Terfel and the Radio France choir and choir school

GEORGE GERSHWIN Rhapsody in Blue (extrait) with Lang Lang

HAROLD ARLEN Somewhere over the rainbow (arrangement Chris Hazell) with Joyce DiDonato


GIUSEPPE VERDI Nabucco (Va pensiero)

ENNIO MORRICONE The Mission (Gabriel’s oboe - The Falls) with Gautier Capuçon

FRITZ KREISLER Le tambourin Chinois with Ray Chen

JACQUES OFFENBACH Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Barcarolle) with Joyce DiDonato and Julie Fuchs

HECTOR BERLIOZ La Marseillaise with all the solo singers, and the Radio France choir and choir school