American best-seller writer Donna Leon introduces the viewers to the most beautiful sites of her adopted Italian city on the footsteps of great composers.
Venice is among the most unique cities in the world. The numerous islands and bridges, the majestic squares, the labyrinthine alleys and the magnificent palaces alongside the Grand Canal are witnesses of a glorious past.
“La Serenissima” has been inspiring artists through the centuries. Not only are the crime novels with its literary character Commissario Brunetti highly successful, but they do also describe the Lagoon city in every detail; hence in a way Donna Leon’s books can be seen as “thrilling” travel guides. The author is indeed a charming story-teller and a true connoisseur of baroque music.
Gems of this period are performed against the historical backdrop of Venice, promising a true musical feast: Joyce DiDonate is accompanied by the ensembles Il Pomo d’Oro and Il Complesso Barocco playing music by Reynaldo Hahn, Antonio Vivaldi and Georg Frideric Handel.
Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano
Il Pomo d’oro
Dmitry Sinkovsky, violin & musical direction
Il Complesso Barocco
Alan Curtis, musical direction