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Joyce DiDonato says that opera is a powerful weapon and can remind people of the effect their actions have on the world. The Kansas-born star will open Hong Kong's Beare's Premiere Music Festival with a performance of her album In War & Peace on January 16Many artists like to keep politics and social commentary out of their performances to ensure that they do not offend members of the audience who disagree with their views. That's not the case with American opera star Joyce DiDonato. Moreover, DiDonato wanted to see if music, and her performances, were capable of changing the way that audiences felt about the world outside the concert hall. "The general state of the world was something I felt I needed to address," DiDonato says. "But it was the November 2015 attacks that prompted me directly. I was sitting at my piano preparing repertoire for my next recording, and I simply couldn't find my way into a generic recording of Italian arias. I wanted to speak directly to the world around me, searching for a way to see if music really can affect the climate we live in."

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