Joyce DiDonato & John Nelson to Perform & Record ‘Roméo et Juliette’

By David Salazar
(Credit: Simon Pauly)

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato and conductor John Nelson will continue their Berlioz series with performances of “Roméo et Juliette” in Strasbourg and Paris.

The tour of the work will kick off in Strasboug on June 7 and 8 followed by a performance at the Philharmonie de Paris on June 10, 2022. Nelson will conduct the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg.

The cast for the performances, which will be recorded live in concert, will include DiDonato, Cyrille Dubois, and Christopher Maltman. The recording will be released in combination with “La Mort de Cleopatre” which was recorded this past summer.

Additionally, “Roméo et Juliette” will be broadcast on Medici TV in June 2022.

“Roméo et Juliette is my favourite Berlioz: above everything else, it just blows me away, especially the Love Music. Seventeen sublime minutes, which I always find so paradoxical: Berlioz never knew real love so how could he write this perfect, youthful, ardent music? All the action takes place within the orchestra, and that’s very Berlioz, he was so descriptive. There’s nothing quite like it in the repertoire. Nobody writes the way that man writes,” Nelson said in an official press statement.

Nelson and DiDonato have released recordings of “Les Troyens” and “La Damnation de Faust” together.