Debut as Didon in ‘Les Troyens’ at Wiener Staatsoper

Joyce DiDonato makes her highly anticipated staged debut as Didon in Berlioz’ Les Troyens at the Wiener Staatsoper. This new production is directed by Sir David McVicar and Alain Altinoglu conducts the Orchestra of the Wiener Staatsoper and the Chorus of the Wiener Staatsoper. Ms. DiDonato has received great acclaim for her portrayal of this role, recently winning Recording of the Year in the 2018 Gramophone Classical Music Awards for Erato/Warner Classics’ Les Troyens recording with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg led by John Nelson.

“If only Berlioz had lived to hear this… Joyce DiDonato sings her first Didon with a persistent sense of intense vulnerability – her final monologue is a heart-rending exposure of a soul in despair.” (The Daily Telegraph)

After almost 40 years, Les Troyens returns to the Wiener Staatsoper for performances on October 14, 17, 21, 26, & November 1, 4. The production features a sparkling roster of artists including Brandon Jovanovich as Enée, Adam Plachetka as Chorèbe, Peter Kellner as Panthée, Jongmin Park as Narbal, Paolo Fanale as Iopas, Rachel Frenkel as Ascagne, Anna Caterina Antonacci as Cassandre, and Szilvia Vörös as Anna. This monumental opera will be broadcasted by Radio Ö1 (+ EBU) on October 20, starting at 19:30, and on November 4 it will be broadcast worldwide by Wiener Staatsoper “live at home”.

As a co-production with Royal Opera House, Teatro alla Scala, and San Francisco Opera, please enjoy this trailer from Teatro alla Scala’s previous season:

 

 

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19 Oct

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It is the thrill of a lifetime to be able to bring Didon to the stage in Berlioz's Les Troyens. Of course, it is an epic work, grand in every sense of the word; but it is the humanity and the intimacy found in this role that is nearly unbearable to me. If you’re near Vienna, I’d recommend not missing it. If you can’t see it live in the house, there will be a live stream on November 4. 🔗 in bio. Photo: Michael Pöhn / Wiener Staatsoper

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Well, if it’s not a “Two Widows” Reunion!!!!! @operabrandon, what a joy to share the stage with you again after tw%#*y years! And here I am again, a W2BW! (Widow To Be Wooed) Bonus points for anyone who actually attended our *historic* performances in Smetna’s underperformed opera way back in 1998 in #Chautauqua!!! #Chautauqua2Carthage #Smetna2Berlioz #HappilyEverAfter2TotalDestruction

I could not be happier or more excited that our wonderful album of Les Troyens has been named “Recording of the Year” at tonight’s Gramophone Award ceremony. Thank you to the visionary and magical music-making of John Nelson, my fabulous cast members and to @warner_classics for in believing in this project. It has been a pleasure and an extreme privilege to be a part of it. THANK YOU!!! Viva Les Troyens and viva #Berlioz.

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