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High Notes On This Day
A Survey of Berlioz’s Operas
Hector Berlioz has always stood as a controversial figure in the world of classical music. Born on Dec. 11, 1803, his legacy has been one of confusion for many artists. On one hand, he is seen as an incredible genius, whose music is among the richest ever written, his orchestration revolutionary. Others find his music ambiguous in quality, with only a few moments of genius rising amidst a muddled ocean…
Opera For Beginners
Opera Profile: Berlioz’s ‘La Damnation de Faust’
Though not necessarily an opera in the traditional sense, Berlioz’s “La Damnation de Faust” is usually presented as such. The work, which features solo voices, full chorus, and orchestra is more appropriately described as a hybrid between an opera and a cantata, the dramatic freeness of the work making it rather challenging to stage as an opera. Berlioz himself called the work, which premiered on Dec. 6, 1846, a “légende…
Behind the Scenes Interviews
The Masterpiece of French Opera – Conductor John Nelsons On His Lifelong Relationship & Warner Classics Recording of Berlioz’s ‘Les Troyens’
Back in 1973, 32-year-old conductor John Nelson took the stage at Carnegie Hall. He was leading his first-ever performance of Berlioz’s monumental opera “Les Troyens.” Little did he know at that moment that the piece could come to become one of the most important of his entire career. “I was a kid back then,” the conductor told OperaWire in a recent interview regarding the conductor’s long association with the Berlioz…
DVD and CD Releases News
CD / DVD Releases – Week of November 20: Joyce DiDonato & Michael Spyres Lead New ‘Les Troyens’
It's Thanksgiving week and that means Black Friday is coming up. While we will have a list of must-buy recordings for the Holiday season later this week, let us focus on the one recording that will be released. Les Troyens  Warner Classics releases one of the most anticipated recordings of the year as John Nelson conducts a star-studded cast. The new Berlioz CD showcases Joyce DiDonato in her first Didon…
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Erato Announces New ‘Les Troyens’ Recording with Joyce DiDonato
Joyce DiDonato's famed interpretation of Didon in Berlioz's "Les Troyens" will get a CD release this fall. The new recording, which will be released by Erato features the full uncut score of the Berlioz masterwork, drawn from two concert performances that took place over the Easter weekend in April 2017 in the Strasbourg, France. The performance is led by conductor John Nelson who has performed the opera more than most conductors over…