Muti Conducts Pines of Rome

May 2

8:00 PM

Bizet, Berlioz, Respighi

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Riccardo Muti leads an evening of dramatic and evocative works, pairing Respighi’s captivating Pines of Rome with a rare performance of Bizet’s own portrait of the great city. Celebrated mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato returns for Berlioz’s poignant cantata based on the ill-fated Cleopatra. “The staggering, joyful artistry of Joyce DiDonato—one of the finest singers of our time—compels us to listen actively, to hear things anew” (Gramophone).


Bizet Roma
Berlioz The Death of Cleopatra, Lyric Scene for Mezzo-Soprano and Orchestra
Respighi Pines of Rome



Preconcert conversation with William White
30 minute run-time

Thursday, May 2, 6:45-7:15 Grainger Ballroom
Saturday, May, 4, 6:45-7:15 Armour Stage
Tuesday, May, 7, 6:15-6:45 Armour Stage

Additional Dates for this Program

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato loves to venture into less-charted areas of the vocal repertoire. Not surprisingly, when she returns to Symphony Center, she will take on another work outside the standard rep: Berlioz’s La Mort de Cléopâtre. “Any chance to [perform] with Maestro Muti and his extraordinary orchestra with the music of Berlioz is something I cannot say no to," she said. "I don’t know how you could be a mezzo-soprano and not worship at the feet of Hector Berlioz. He has given us some of the greatest music ever written for our voices. It is poignant, rich, human, deeply feminine, vulnerable, empowering." Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories


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The appearance of Joyce DiDonato is made possible by the Juli Plant Grainger Fund for Excellence.

These performances receive generous support from the Nelson D. Cornelius Endowed Concert Fund.

The appearance of Joyce DiDonato is made possible by The Grainger Fund for Excellence.

This program is supported in part by awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Illinois Arts Council Agency.