New Release: Joyce DiDonato in Berlioz’s ‘Les Troyens’

Today sees the release of the much anticipated recording of Berlioz’s epic two-part opera Les Troyens, featuring Joyce DiDonato in her debut as Didon and Michael Spyres as Énée. This new Erato recording of the complete, uncut score of Les Troyens – Berlioz himself never saw it performed in its entirety – is taken from concert performances that took place in Strasbourg in April 2017, which were described by Forum Opéra as “the musical event of the year”. The magnificent cast is assembled under the baton of John Nelson, the acknowledged master of Berlioz’s music who has conducted Les Troyens more frequently than anyone else over a period of more than 40 years.

The recording has already received five-star reviews:

“And Michael Spyres and Joyce DiDonato are perfectly suited as the doomed lovers Aeneas and Dido, moving tragically from the almost supernaturally charged harmonic bliss of their Act IV love-duet to the spitting venom of the Act V break-up and then the final curse on the departing Trojans.”
★★★★★ Richard Morrison, The Times, 24 November 2017

[It’s] Joyce DiDonato’s Dido who hogs the spotlight for the rest of the opera…”
★★★★★ Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 22 November 2017

Join John Nelson, Michael Spyres and Joyce DiDonato this Sunday 26 November for an exclusive evening in Foyles where James Jolly, Editor-in-Chief of Gramophone magazine, speaks to them about the recording. The event will be streamed live on at 4.30pm GMT, and the cast will also be signing copies of the CD after the event. More information for the event can be found on the Foyles website.

Watch a video of the recording:


Berlioz: Les Troyens [Erato]
Joyce DiDonato, Michael Spyres, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Stéphane Degout, Nicolas Courjal, Marianne Crebassa, Hanna Hipp, Cyrille Dubois, Stanislas de Barbeyrac, Philippe Sly, Agnieszka Slawinska, Richard Rittelmann, Bertrand Grunenwald, Jérôme Varnier, Frédéric Caton, Jean Teitgen, Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra, Choeur de l’Opéra national du Rhin, Choeur Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Badischer Staatsopernchor, John Nelson

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Main photo credits: Gregory Massat

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