Two unforgettable days with Joyce DiDonato
Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, one of the world’s most significant opera singers, is the ambassador of El Sistema Greece and supports the project in any possible way since the foundation of the organization in 2016.
She lives in the USA, but within all these years, despite the distance, we always manage to discover new ways to collaborate. And now, that COVID-19 has changed almost all of the plans we had made, we took advantage of the current situation and the technology and found a way to join our forces once again: We united our voices and performed together ”The First Noel” in the safety of their homes, through a virtual performance that carried us to the magically bedecked Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center.
This latest experience took us back to 2018, when Joyce DiDonato, during the tour for her Grammy-nominated album War & Peace: Harmony Through Music, traveled to Greece. Back then, she spent some precious time with us and she even invited our choir students to accompany her as well on stage(!) on the occasion of her concert at the Summer Nostos Festival, organised by Stavros Niarchos Foundation.
Luckily, the visual storyteller Kimberly M. Wang, was there, following the famous artist and depicturing this once-in-a-lifetime experience, helping us to keep the memory alive not only in our hearts.
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