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“The most dramatic piece that Berlioz ever wrote,” is how conductor John Nelson describes La Damnation de Faust. The composer designated this thrilling hybrid of oratorio and opera a 'légende dramatique'. Following in the triumphant footsteps of Les Troyens, also recorded at the Auditorium Erasme in Strasbourg, this performance reunites Nelson and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg with singers Michael Spyres, Joyce DiDonato and Nicolas Courjal.

“The most dramatic piece that Berlioz ever wrote,” is how conductor John Nelson describes La Damnation de Faust. Based on Goethe's Faust and first performed in 1846, it is an epic hybrid of oratorio and opera - a 'légende dramatique' according to the composer, who recognised that its greatest potential lay in firing the audience's imagination: “Music has great wings,” he said, “but the walls of a theatre do not allow it to spread them to the full.”

This recording was made in the Auditorium Erasme in Strasbourg in April 2019, two years after Nelson, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg and a superb cast including Joyce DiDonato, Michael Spyres and Nicolas Courjal brought Berlioz's Les Troyens to life in the same venue. The associated Erato recording of the huge two-part opera has gone on to win unalloyed praise and multiple major prizes. As the New York Times wrote: “Berlioz's epic opera has rarely been given such luxury treatment as in this magnificent live recording from France.”

Michael Spyres (Faust), Joyce DiDonato (Marguerite), Nicolas Courjal (Méphistophélès), Alexandre Duhamel (Brander)
Coro Gulbenkian, Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra, John Nelson

Discs: 2 CDs + DVD

Diapason d'Or November 2019 Nouveauté
The New York Times Recordings of the Year 2019
Presto Recordings of the Year Finalist 2019
Opus Klassik Awards 2020 Nominee - Female Singer of the Year (DiDonato)
Presto Recording of the Week 22nd November 2019


Berlioz, Hector (1803-69)


Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24
Publication date: 2019-11-22
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R 350
Live at the Metropolitan Opera, 2017

Sondra Radvanovsky (Norma), Joyce DiDonato (Adalgisa), Joseph Calleja (Pollione), Matthew Rose (Oroveso), Michelle Bradley (Clotilde), Adam Diegel (Flavio)
The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Carlo Rizzi, Sir David McVicar

Discs: 2 DVDs

Gramophone Magazine January 2019 DVD/Blu-ray of the Month
Diapason d'Or January 2019 Vidéo

Production, Sir David McVicar

Set Designer, Robert Jones

Costume Designer, Moritz Junge

Lighting Designer, Paule Constable

Movement Director, Leah Hausman

To open the Met's 2017-18 season, powerhouse soprano Sondra Radvanovsky tackled one of opera's most fearsome roles, the title druid priestess of Bellini's Norma, who wrestles with love and betrayal before making the ultimate sacrifice on a funeral pyre.

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato sang Norma's friend and rival, Adalgisa, in Sir David McVicar's evocative production.


Bellini, Vincenzo (1801-35)


Bellini: Norma
Publication date: 2018-11-16
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This is the fifth instalment of DG's series of seven Mozart operas conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and initiated by Rolando Villazón, in collaboration with Festspielhaus Baden Baden and with the generous support of ROLEX For La Clemenza di Tito, Mozart's last opera about the benevolent Emperor Titus who pardons an attempt on his own life, Rolando and Yannick - new music director of the MET - are joined by outstanding partners: A stellar cast in every role and specialist handpicked orchestra playing at their best in the stunning venue of Festspielhaus Baden-Baden Rolando adds yet another intriguing Mozart role to his already large discography. This time it is his role debut as Tito, reinforcing again his love for Mozart: “No composer has spoken to as directly as Mozart. I feel like I have a soul mate in him.”

In addition Rolando has been named Artistic Director of the Salzburg Mozart Week Previous productions in this series are: Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte, Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Grammy Award Nomination) and Le Nozze di Figaro (Grammy Award Nomination & Echo Klassik Award).

Presto Recording of the Week 13th July 2018
BBC Music Magazine November 2018 Opera Choice

Catalogue No: 4835210
Label: DG
Length: 2 hours 20 minutes
Discs: 2 CDs

Rolando Villazón (Tito), Marina Rebeka (Vitellia), Joyce DiDonato (Sesto), Tara Erraught (Annio), Regula Mühlemann (Servilia), Adam Plachetka (Publio)
Chamber Orchestra of Europe, RIAS Kammerchor, Yannick Nézet-Séguin


Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus (1756-91)


Mozart: La clemenza di Tito, K621
Publication date: 2018-07-06
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R 295
Recorded live in June 2017 at the magnificent Liceu Theatre in Barcelona, this DVD is the companion to Joyce DiDonato's award-winning album In War and Peace: Harmony through Music. Seeking answers to the existential question 'In the midst of chaos, how do you find peace?', it makes a compelling piece of music theatre as DiDonato journeys through arias by Handel, Purcell, Monteverdi, Leo and Jommelli with Il Pomo d'Oro and conductor Maxim Emelyanychev.

On stage, In War and Peace: Harmony through Musicmakes a compelling piece of music theatre. In Barcelona, as on the European and North American tours she made in late 2016, DiDonato was joined by the baroque orchestra Il Pomo d'Oro and its principal conductor Maxim Emelyanychev. May and June 2018 bring further performances in Portugal, France, Germany, Turkey and Hungary.

Running time: 140 min
NTSC systems
Sound Format: Stereo PCM 2.0
Dolby Digital 5.1
Menu language: English
Subtitles: FR, ENG, GR, IT regions

Live from Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, June 2017

Joyce DiDonato (mezzo-soprano)
Il Pomo d'Oro, Maxim Emelyanychev


Cavalieri, Emilio de (c.1550-1602)
Gesualdo, Carlo (1566-1613)
Handel, George Frideric (1685-1759)
Jommelli, Niccolò (1714-74)
Leo, Leonardo (1694-1744)
Pärt, Arvo (b.1935)
Purcell, Henry (1659-95)
Strauss, Richard (1864-1949)


Gesualdo: Tristis est anima mea
Handel: Augeletti che cantate (from Rinaldo)
Handel: Da tempeste il legno infranto (from Giulio Cesare)
Handel: Lascia ch'io pianga (from Rinaldo)
Handel: Pensieri, voi mi tormentate! (from Agrippina)
Handel: Scenes of horror (from Jephtha)
Handel: Susanna: Crystal streams in murmurs flowing
Jommelli: Par che di Giubilo (from Attilio Regolo)
Leo: Prendi quel ferro, o barbaro! (from Andromaca)
Pärt: Da pacem Domine
Purcell: Chacony in G minor
Purcell: They tell us that your mighty powers, Z630
Purcell: Thy hand, Belinda … When I am laid in earth (from Dido & Aeneas)
Strauss, R: Morgen, Op. 27 No. 4
Publication date: 2018-04-06
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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: CD's / CD's

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  CD's / CD's
R 295
With Joyce DiDonato as Cinderella capturing all hearts - not just Prince Charming's - Massenet's enchanting, sophisticated retelling of the classic fairytale makes its debut at Covent Garden in a charming and witty production by Laurent Pelly.

The Cinderella story seen through the eyes of the belle époque, Massenet's Cendrillon was first performed at the Opéra-Comique in Paris in 1899 and its gorgeous score embraces pathos, pastiche, broad humour, subtle eroticism and sheer magic.

Neglected for much of the 20th century, this entrancing and often surprising opera has found a firmer place in the repertoire over the past 30 years. In Summer 2011 its debut at London's Royal Opera House was built around mezzo soprano Joyce DiDonato, who first took on the title role at the Santa Fe festival in 2006; there, as at Covent Garden, the staging was by French director Laurent Pelly, celebrated for his production of Donizetti's La Fille du regiment with Natalie Dessay and Juan Diego Flórez (Virgin Classics DVD 5099951900298).

The décor is inspired by a venerable volume of Charles Perrault's fairy tales bound in red morocco leather, and the dominant colours are white, black and crimson, though mauve is chosen for the body-hugging gown worn by the voluptuous, capricious Fairy Godmother of Eglise Gutierrez as she scales spellbinding coloratura heights.

Presto Recording of the Week 9th April 2012

Discs: 2 DVDs

Joyce DiDonato (Cendrillon), Alice Coote (Prince Charming), Eglise Gutiérrez (Fairy Godmother), Ewa Podles (Madame de la Haltère), Jean-Philippe Lafont (Pandolfe), Madeleine Pierard (Noémie), Kai Rüütel (Dorothée), Jeremy White (Le Roi)
Royal Opera House Covent Garden
Bertrand de Billy (conductor) & Laurent Pelly (direction)


Massenet, Jules Emile Frederic (1842-1912)


Massenet: Cendrillon
Publication date: 2012-05-07
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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: CD's / CD's

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R 395
Patrick Summers/Houston Grand Opera Orchestra/Joyce DiDonato/Philip Cutlip/Measha Brueggergosman/Michael Sumuel/Beau Gibson/Richard Bado/Frederica von Stade/Austin Dean/Cullen King/John Packard/Cheryl Parrish/Susanne Mentzer/Jon Kolbet/Care, Patrick Summers/Houston Grand Opera Orchestra/Joyce DiDonato/Philip Cutlip/Michael Sumuel/Beau Gibson/Hector Vásquez/Boris Dyakov/Richard Bado/John Packard/Cheryl Parrish/Susanne Mentzer/Jon Kolbet/Carey Michael O'Rarden/Bradley Blunt/Wesle, Patrick Summers/Houston Grand Opera Orchestra/Joyce DiDonato/Philip Cutlip/Measha Brueggergosman/Brittany Wheeler/Kiri Deonarine/Michael Sumuel/Beau Gibson/Hector Vásquez/Frederica von Stade/Richard Bado/John Packard/Cheryl Parrish/Susanne, James Jennings (lead vocals), Larry Kimpel (bass), Austin Dean (lead vocals), John Packard (lead vocals), Kiri Deonarine (lead vocals), Susanne Mentzer (featured vocalist), Michael Sumuel (lead vocals), Measha Brueggergosman (lead vocals), Wesley Landry (lead vocals), Mike Thompson (electric guitar), Brittany Wheeler (lead vocals), Cheryl Parrish (lead vocals), James R. Jennings (featured vocalist), Mike Thompson (acoustic guitar), Zander Shepeard (lead vocals), Leslie Biffle (lead vocals), Todd Sucherman (drums), Frederica von Stade (lead vocals), Laurelle Gowing (lead vocals), Jon Kolbet (lead vocals), Rahki DeShon Marcelous (lead vocals), Todd Sucherman (percussion), Suzanne Mentzer (vocals), Brian Culbertson (performed by), Kathleen Manley (lead vocals), Nancy Hall (lead vocals), Bradley Blunt (lead vocals), Dave Koz (saxophone), Carey Michael O'Rarden (lead vocals), Brian Hamlin (lead vocals), Tollak Ollestad (harmonica), Hector Vásquez (featured vocalist), Joyce DiDonato (mezzo-soprano), Cullen King (lead vocals), Heather Sanders (lead vocals), Jimmy Demers (featured vocalist), Beau Gibson (lead vocals), Philip Cutlip (lead vocals), Matt Hune (lead vocals), Brian P. Hamlin (featured vocalist), Boris Dyakov (lead vocals)
Orchestra of Houston Grand Opera, Houston Grand Opera Chorus, Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Richard Bado
Patrick Summers
Recorded: 2011-01-01
Recording Venue: Houston Grand Opera

Joyce DiDonato (Sister Helen Prejean), Philip Cutlip (Joseph de Rocher), Frederica von Stade (Mrs de Rocher), Measha Brueggergosman (Sister Rose), Cheryl Parrish (Kitty Hart), Susanne Mentzer (Jade Boucher), Jon Kolbet (Howard Boucher)
Houston Grand Opera & Chorus, Patrick Summers


Heggie, Jake (b.1961)


Heggie: Dead Man Walking
Publication date: 2012-04-02

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