Grammy award-winning Joyce DiDonato last night [14 February 2022] gave music lovers at London’s Royal Opera House and passers-by in Covent Garden a Valentine’s Day surprise as her record company Warner Classics transformed the area into a spectacular vision of nature to celebrate the launch of her forthcoming album and latest multi-faceted project EDEN.

Joyce came to view the stunning projections straight off the stage where she has been starring in the Royal Opera’s much-acclaimed production of Handel’s Theodora. She and the crowds were treated to video projections depicting vines crawling up the side of the Opera House and blossoming flowers reflecting the album’s theme and harking back to its history as a flower market.

Thousands of wildflower seeds were handed out to passers-by in Covent Garden reflecting how every audience member who attends an EDEN concert around the world in the coming months will be given locally-sourced seeds to plant as they’re asked: ‘In this time of upheaval, which seed will you plant today?.’

EDEN is a global initiative that includes a recording on Warner Classics’ Erato label (released on 25 February), a 45-venue tour across five continents (including two nights at the Barbican Centre, 5 & 6 April), a ground-breaking music engagement programme with schools around the world and multiple international partnerships.

Exploring the majesty, might, and mystery of Nature through both arresting and evocative music and theatrical effects, with EDEN DiDonato takes us on an emotional journey to reconnect to the power and fragility of Nature, exploring our place within the kaleidoscopic, wondrous world around us.

EDEN explores our individual connection to nature and its impact on our world and the music programme includes specially commissioned EDEN anthem The First Morning of the World from academy award-winning composer Rachel Portman.

Joyce DiDonato said: “Part of EDEN’s mission is to challenge everyone who encounters it to stop and observe the beauty that is present all around them. Sometimes it requires a shift of focus, and sometimes it comes from an inspiring infusion of art and beauty created in real time. What a dream to bring flowers back to one of my favourite corners of the planet, where staggering beauty and true connection has been happening for centuries on stage at the Royal Opera House in the heart of Covent Garden. Let’s create EDEN together!”

Full information about EDEN and the new album is available here

Something for Valentine’s Day – Elgar’s Salut d’amour played by the St Petersburg Philharmonic conducted by Yuri Temirkanov [filmed c.2008 in Tokyo]. Fond regards to dear friends and grateful thanks to loyal readers (who can of course be one and the same!).