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Fusing music, movement and theatre, Eden is a breath-taking, through-performed tour de force from the multi-award winning Joyce DiDonato that’s been immediately celebrated as “iconic” and “ground-breaking.” By traveling seamlessly through four centuries of music, including a new commission from Academy-Award winning composer, Rachel Portman, a searing and singular experience of hope and connection unfolds.

Joyce invites you to join her in an evening celebrating the majesty, might and mystery of Nature through the transformative power of music. In her wide-ranging personally curated program, DiDonato invites us to return to our roots and to explore whether or not we are connecting as profoundly as we might to the pure essence of our being, to create a new Eden from within and plant seeds of hope for the future.

DiDonato is joined by her long-standing, celebrated musical partners, Il Pomo d’Oro, and conductor Maxim Emelyanychev.

To ensure that the Eden experience continues to grow outside of the concert hall, each audience member receives seeds to plant as Joyce asks: “In this time of upheaval, which seed will you plant today?”

IVES - The Unanswered Question
RACHEL PORTMAN - The First Morning of the World
MAHLER - Rückert-Lieder, II. “Ich atmet’ einen linden Duft!”
MARCO UCCELLINI - Sinfonia terza (a cinque stromenti), Op.7
BIAGIO MARINI - Scherzi e canzone Op.5, III. “Con le stelle in Ciel che mai”
JOSEF MYSLIVEČEK - Adamo ed Eva, “Toglierò le sponde al mare” (Angelo di giustizia)
COPLAND - 8 Poems of Emily Dickinson, I. Nature, the gentlest mother
GIOVANNI VALENTINI - Sonata "Enharmonica"
FRANCESCO CAVALLI - La Calisto, “Piante ombrose” (Calisto)
GLUCK - Orfeo ed Euridice Wq. 30, Danza degli spettri e delle furie
GLUCK - Orfeo ed Euridice Wq. 30, "Misera, dove son!"
GLUCK - Orfeo ed Euridice Wq. 30, "Ah! non son io che parlo"
HANDEL - Theodora HWV 68, “As with rosy steps the morn”
MAHLER - Rückert-Lieder, III. “Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen"

COVID Safety Notice: As Washington Performing Arts does not own or operate its own venue, Washington Performing Arts audiences will be subject to the current vaccination policy of each event’s venue on the date of the event. The great majority of our venues require proof of vaccination, along with the wearing of masks at all times within indoor facilities. View the Music Center at Strathmore COVID Safety Policy. Please visit our own COVID Safety Policy page for more information and links to all of our partner venues' own COVID Safety policies.

From the event sponsors:

For more than 130 years, Northern Trust and its employees have been committed to serving and investing in the communities where we live and work. We are proud to support Washington Performing Arts and Joyce DiDonato’s Eden.

—Rick Fernandez, President, Washington, D.C. Region, Northern Trust


At this time of renewal, Anne and I are especially pleased to help bring Joyce DiDonato’s Eden to the Washington Performing Arts community. The promise of rebirth that every spring brings to us – even in these war-torn days – makes this program so filled with promise.  Programming such as this is but one of the reasons Washington Performing Arts remains such an important part of our lives. We have all been fortunate to have shared in Ms. DiDonato’s artistic vision in the past and look forward to joining her as she seeks “to create a new Eden” for us all.

—Burton and Anne Fishman

Northern Trust

Exclusive corporate sponsorship provided by Northern Trust.

This performance is made possible through the generous support of the following sponsors: Philip R. West and Barbara Yellen; Anne and Burton Fishman.

This is one of eleven 2021/22 Season performances included in Washington Performing Arts’s World in Our City initiative, which promotes cross-cultural understanding and cultural diplomacy via international performances, globally inspired Mars Arts D.C. programming, and the award-winning Embassy Adoption Program, a partnership with D.C. Public Schools.

Thank you to the following lead supporters of Washington Performing Arts’s mission-driven work in 2021/22: Jacqueline Badger Mars and Mars, Incorporated; Dr. Gary Mather and Ms. Christina Co Mather; the National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs Program and the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts; D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities; Barbara Myers and Tom Gallagher; The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; and the Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts.

Additional sponsorships are available for this performance and others in the 2021/22 season. Contact Elizabeth Racheva, Chief Advancement Officer, at Sponsorship@WashingtonPerformingArts.org or (202) 533-1862 to learn more.


DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities