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Les Troyens

Hector Berlioz

Grand-Opéra in five acts
Libretto by Hector Berlioz
 

New Production
In coproduction with Royal Opera House, London;
San Francisco Opera and Wiener Staatsoper

 

From 8 to 30 April 2014

Running Time: 5 hours 20 minutes intermissions included

Sung in French with electronic libretto in Italian, English, French

Notes on the performancesOpen 
The grandiose idea of giving a musical form to the Aeneid led to Berlioz creating a powerful tragedy, which is unique in recreating with classical precision the shadows of the past as imagined by Virgil’s poem. It is the finest posthumous masterpiece in the history of opera: the French musician died without ever seeing it on stage. He had conceived, at the same time as Wagner conceived his “tetralogy”, a grand-opéra with a cast of twenty formed by two operas: a “dilogy” set in two different locations - La prise de Troie and Les Troyens à Cartage - in each of which we witness the destiny of two women who are defeated by their fate, the unheeded prophetess Cassandre and the abandoned queen Didon. For these two archetypal heroines it would have been impossible to find finer performers than Anna Caterina Antonacci and Daniela Barcellona. Alongside them will be young talent like Paolo Fanale, Maria Radner, Alexandre Duhamel, Fabio Capitanucci. The role of Aenea is played by virtuoso Gregory Kunde. The monumental drama will feature the opera debut on the La Scala podium of Antonio Pappano, who is seen as one of the finest contemporary performers. This foreboding and bellicose work of classical antiquity is brought to life and given a form – from the wooden horse, to royal hunts– by specialist Scottish director David McVicar, whose career spans more than thirty operas.

Direction 

Conductor
Antonio Pappano
Staging
David McVicar
Sets
Es Devlin
Costumes
Moritz Junge
Lights
Wolfgang Göbbel
Choreography
Lynne Page

CAST 

Enée
Gregory Kunde
Chorèbe
Fabio Capitanucci
Panthée
Alexandre Duhamel
Narbal
Giacomo Prestia
Iopas
Shalva Mukeria
Ascagne
Paola Gardina
Cassandre
Anna Caterina Antonacci
Didon
Daniela Barcellona
Anna
Maria Radner
Hylas
Paolo Fanale
Priam
Mario Luperi
Un chef Grec
Ernesto Panariello
L’ombre d’Hector
Deyan Vatchkov
Hèlénus
Oreste Cosimo
1er soldat Troyen
Guillermo Esteban Bussolini
2eme soldat Troyen
Alberto Rota
Un soldat
Luciano Andreoli
Le Dieu Mercure
Emidio Guidotti
Hécuba
Elena Zilio
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