Sep 13, 2018 | News | Press | Recording Reviews | No Comments
‘A peach of a recording’ is how I signed off my original review of this account of Berlioz’s Les Troyens last December – ‘a thrilling new benchmark for this epic opera’. I completely stand by that assessment today – this set from Erato is an absolute stunner. I attended the second of two concert performances in Strasbourg last year from which the recording was taken (along with a patching session). Not only was it my outstanding concert of 2017, the resulting set was easily my disc of the year too.
Sep 6, 2018 | News | No Comments
Joyce DiDonato has been awarded Opus Klassik‘s Operneinspielung des Jahres (Opera recording of the year) for her recording of Berlioz’s Les Troyens. This is the second major award for this recording, having already won the Opera category in the 2018 Gramophone Classical Music Awards.
The Opus Klassik, a new award for classical music, will be awarded for the first time at the Konzerthaus Berlin on Sunday, October 14. After the Echo Awards ended this spring, exceptional achievements in the classical music genre will once again be recognized this year. The awards ceremony will be broadcasted on October 14 at 10 pm CET by the media partner ZDF.
Sep 5, 2018 | News | 3 Comments
Ireland’s leading music conservatoire, the Royal Irish Academy of Music, last night [Tues 4 Sep] awarded the distinguished American mezzo-soprano, Joyce DiDonato, with the
Fellowship Honoris Causa, the highest artistic and academic accolade the institution can bestow. Since the RIAM’s foundation in 1848, only 58 individuals have received the honour for their outstanding services to music, including the internationally renowned composers Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and Olivier Messiaen, mezzo-soprano Ann Murray DBE, flautist, Sir James Galway, and the Director of London’s Wigmore Hall, John Gilhooly OBE.