First Part: The taking of Troy
Second Part: The Trojans in Carthage
An opera in five acts to a libretto by Hector Berlioz, inspired by Virgil’s Aeneid, premiered in its entirety in Carlsruhe in 1890.
Alice Coote Cassandre
Michael Spyres Énée
Paula Murrihy Didon
Lionel Lhote Chorèbe / Sentinelle I
Adèle Charvet Ascagne
William Thomas Narbal
Ashley Riches Panthée
Beth Taylor Anna
Laurence Kilsby Iopas / Hylas
Rebecca Evans Hècube
Alex Rosen Hector / Sentinelle II
*Graham Neal, Helenus
*Sam Evans, A soldier
* Monteverdi Choir soloists
Concert in French with French and English surtitles.
« Spectacular, magnificent and deeply moving » : The Trojans, Berlioz's masterpiece.
At the age of fifty-five, after three decades of irrepressible music, successes and failures, Berlioz the alchemist completed his most ambitious project: The Trojans, an opera in five acts for four hours of wildly inventive music.
Berlioz created his own demiurgic version of Virgil's Aeneid, resulting in a colossal work, with five acts, nine tableaux, a plethora of roles, a titanic orchestra and an omnipresent chorus. For a long time The Trojans was considered a kind of sacred and unplayable musical behemoth and was often divided into two distinct evenings (The Capture of Troy and The Trojans in Carthage), which illustrates the wild ambitions of the brilliant French composer. “I have spent half my life among these demigods; I tell myself that they knew me as much as I know them,” explained Berlioz after composing a piece that had been on his mind since childhood.
By turns epic, poetic and intrepid, full of brio and carried by a keen sense of tragic grandeur, The Trojans forms a dazzling ensemble. We can only surrender to the pomp of its marches, its bellicose scenes, the prophetic curses of Cassandra and Dido and perhaps also the headiness of one of the most captivating love duets in the repertoire.
The conductor Dinis Sousa directs his Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique and the Monteverdi Choir in this beloved piece, taking it to its zenith in the historic (1837) setting of the Opéra Royal, in the very footsteps of Berlioz. Let us throw open the bronze doors of history!
Concert performed in the « Marble palace enhanced with gold », a setting designed by Ciceri in which Berlioz himself directed a concert at the Opéra Royal on Sunday 29 October 1848.
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