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The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra/Nézet-Séguin

featuring Joyce DiDonato

Yannick conducting with great focus

The Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera New York perform Berlioz’s spectacular Symphonie Fantastique and go all out for drama in extracts from Les Troyens with the one and only Joyce DiDonato. 

With its drug-fuelled highs, gruesome lows and roof-raising final orgy, Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique takes a lot of beating – especially when it’s being performed by the orchestra of one of the world’s greatest opera houses under its dynamic new music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin. But if anything can top that, it'll be when Joyce DiDonato takes to the stage.

Tonight, DiDonato sings showstopping extracts from Berlioz’s epic opera Les Troyens, reprising the role for which she’s won multiple international awards on disc. But this is the real thing, live in concert, with one of the greatest opera orchestras in the world directed by a conductor who is taking an American institution to new heights. Dramatic doesn’t begin to cover it. 

This performance will end at approximately 9.30pm, including a 20 minute interval.


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