Written December 28, 2014
Troyens is a difficult opera to stage, because of the vast resources required. This is the sort of thing that only a house like the MET should attempt. This revival of a 2003 production came equipped with 110 choristers, at lest 30 dancers, countless supernumeraries AND Susan Graham in the greatest performance I have heard by ANYBODY! I literally wept with emotion at the end. If you want the VERY BEST, don't miss the encore presentation!
Written July 01, 2015
Despite compelling performances by Met Opera stars Deborah Voigt and, especially, the ravishing Susan Graham, Hector Berlioz's mid-19th century opera, "Les Troyens," did not possess the musical nourishment required to sustain interest through a very long five hours. While there were many lovely passages, the fact that none of the opera's arias nor group vocals has attained a separate performance life indicates a serious deficit in dramatic musical power. The second act, especially, which contained long, tedious stretches, including a very routine ballet, would have benefited greatly by being cut in half. Poor Berlioz! Even his biographer noted that the the work was widely considered "a great sprawling white elephant." A one-time-only experience for this opera fan.
Written January 29, 2015
Beautiful production with fabulous voices. Not to be missed.
Written April 19, 2015
Superb performances of a relatively rarely performed opera at the Met.
The opportunity to view this opera LIVE in HD is very much appreciated. The HD production was about as perfect as one could imagine.
Written December 26, 2014
My husband and I used to live in NY and had a Met subscription for many years but never saw this one. We loved it and we are very grateful to our local Regal Theater (Ocala, FL) for making it possible for us to see it easily. We had been to the Met in HD at a theater 30 miles away on 2 occasions but for the replay, not matinee. The live broadcast was even better than the evening replay. I look forward to seeing the new Rigoletto and others.
The costumes, sets, direction, dance, chorus and soloists were phenomenal! And the between acts interviews were insightful. All together it was a wonderful afternoon.