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Berlioz 150: John Nelson on the Requiem

John Nelson © Marco Borggreve
The American conductor explains how he fell in love with Berlioz and how he's commemorating the 150th anniversary of his death in the grandest possible way. 

John Nelson on an epic operatic undertaking

John Nelson rehearsing Les Troyens © Gregory Massat
There’s nobody on the planet who’s conducted Berlioz’s epic opera The Trojans more than John Nelson.
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StrasbourgLa Damnation de Faust

Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust
John Nelson; Joyce DiDonato; Michael Spyres; Nicolas Courjal; Alexandre Duhamel

NiceLa Damnation de Faust

Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust
John Nelson; Opéra de Nice; Karine Deshayes; John Irving; Rubén Amoretti; Luc Bertin-Hugault
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Nelson's sublime anniversary tribute to one of France's greatest sons

Berlioz's Requiem at St Paul's Cathedral © Martin Kendrick
Michael Spyres' long lyrical line in the Sanctus was outstanding, his tone ardent and ringing.
*****
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“Gloire à DiDonato”: Les Troyens in Strasbourg

Joyce DiDonato and John Nelson © Gregory Massat
Nothing is better than when Berlioz ramps up the decibels. With a huge orchestra and choir and a deluxe starry cast assembled in Strasbourg, this was a special performance. 
*****
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A thoughtful Don Giovanni at Santa Fe

Daniel Okilitch (Don Giovanni) and Solomon Howard (Commendatore) © Ken Howard | Santa Fe Opera
In Ron Daniels' production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni at Santa Fe Opera, the specter of death and the possibility of judgment is always center stage. 
****1
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