Yannick Nézet-Séguin says au revoir to Rotterdam

Handel/Mozart/Respighi et al.: RPhO/Nézet-Séguin/DiDonato

De Doelen, Rotterdam, 9 June 2018

100-rpho-vignet.pngIn September, Yannick Nézet-Séguin becomes music director at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Taking on North America’s foremost opera house means that, while remaining with the Orchestre Métropolitain in his birthplace Montreal and the Philadelphia Orchestra, his tenure at the Rotterdam Philharmonic has come to its natural end.

Full review on Bachtrack.

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Fierce in War, dazzling in Peace: Joyce DiDonato at the Concertgebouw

Handel/Purcell/Leo/Jommelli/Gesualdo/Pärt: Joyce DiDonato/Il Pomo D’Oro/Maxim Emelyanychev

Concertgebouw, 19th November 2016

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Actress Sarah Bernhardt as Cleopatra, 1891 

Many opera singers are careful to maintain an air of political neutrality. Not so mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, who is outspoken about causes she holds dear. Her latest project, a very personal response to the 2015 terror attacks in Paris, puts her audience through the emotional wringer, but also showers them with musical rewards.

Full review on Opera Today.