Cher Public

Broadcast: Les Troyens

Joyce DiDonato, Michael Spyres and Marie-Nicole Lemieux head a cast conducted by John Nelson of Berlioz’ epic, broadcast beginning at 2:00 PM ET.

If you like what you hear, cher public, please note this performance has just been released on CD.

  • Monabel

    Bring on the doom in this storm!

  • fletcher

    Uhhhhh what’s going on

    • fletcher

      Weird audio blooper there, sorry

      • swordsnsolvers

        I heard an odd moment too, thought it was my own setup

  • Monabel

    Sinistres eclairs, here come the angst.

  • fletcher

    Is there anything in opera more beautiful than this septet?

    • fletcher

      …maybe the immediately proceeding duet…

    • Camille

      Very few things. Maybe that duet from Beatrice and Benedict? I did not like this piccolo, though!

      Here come our nuits d’ivresse! Toute est silence.

      • fletcher

        Yeah a bit too chirpy, I agree!

        • Camille

          A little too fast and not enough of a mad rêverie, where it feels as though the earth is turning loopily on its axis, if that means anything.

  • Camille

    Finished all of Medea and there are still 200 pages of Berlioz left, haha! Anyway, the Septuor is coming up, my favourite.

  • swordsnsolvers

    This duet is ravishing

    • fletcher

      These voices together, heavenly

  • fletcher

    THAT was a C (flat, lol)

    • Camille

      Oui! And selfom sung so smoothly as it was. There is no marking to indicate how to interpret, so…

      • fletcher

        I love how Berlioz always puts his craziest high notes mid-phrase, especially for tenors.

        • Camille

          It must have been because of that type of tenor singing in France but oh no--this is way after Duprez, isn’t it? Well, they had a different way about high notes, that’s all.

  • fletcher

    I think this dippy little duet is the only part of the whole opera I don’t love unequivocally.

  • Camille

    Comedy relief before the denouement i guess! Think Shakespeare!

  • Camille

    Here start les regrets de Énée

  • Camille

    Oh my, he sang that phrase all in one. Very beautiful but not as thrilling as with a larger goice when it just lays you out in the aisle.

    • swordsnsolvers

      Yeah Spyres’ voice is not the biggest but I love his breath control and how he doesn’t seem to have to force the high notes. I want to hear his Enee in a 1000 seat opera house, not that that’s likely to happen.

      • Camille

        Right. He should not force and I think the Met may be wrong for him much as I’d love to hear him once again. Better he keep his voice intact and keep to his career path as it has not steered him wrong. A wonderful singer, very honest and feeling.

  • Camille

    Was that an earthquake? Or the ship shoving out.

    Musta been a cannonball.

  • fletcher

    “Je suis reine et j’ordonne” -- me, when I need another glass of wine

    • Camille

      Me, All the F***=ing time!

  • fletcher

    God this never stops being heartbreaking -- and the return to the duet theme…

  • Camille

    I wonder why so much recitative though. I guess Hector just loved her SO much he couldn’t help himself.

  • Camille

    WHY does Dido have to
    Die?

    Couldn’t she just have knitted Énée a sweater or something, and waited for him?

    Jour d’horreur!

    • Monabel

      I guess Virgil thinks this glorifies Enee. Not sure Hector quite agrees, though.

      • Camille

        Well sure but I’m thinking there must have been some sort of ancient royal protocol that comes into play. Also, perhaps she was aware of the Odyssey and the story of Penelope. I should ask Vergilio, I guess.

    • Yes, knitting a sweater was surely royal protocol, look at Penelope!

  • KarenMrsLloydRichards

    Happily, almost and hour and a half of choice excerpts of this are included in Erato’s CD box set (as an extra DVD).

  • fletcher

    Well that was great -- Troyens doesn’t exactly have a great discography, this could be up there with the Gardiner / Graham for my favorite. Thanks everyone.

    • Camille

      Thanks for loving Hector the way you do as he still needs all the love he can get from everyone he can. Adieu, mais non par jamais!

      • fletcher

        Camille, chère, if you want a good laugh you should look up the Kubelík I Troianos with MDM and Simionato… it’s a special kind of treat.

        • Camille

          Oh I don’ care WHAT they do as I iust lurve them two! MdM is a giant and I always loved Simionato in so many things.

          That said, I’ll bet it’s a scream!

      • In an interview published on November 20 on Forum opéra Spyres says: “Pour moi, il est clair que les trois compositeurs qui ont le plus compté sont Mozart, Rossini et Berlioz. C’est grâce à eux que l’opéra est devenu l’opéra.”

        • Camille

          Oh my, what an usual viewpoint.
          Il a du courage.

          • His basic point is that they invented, others developed. The interview is worth a read. It’s a