Written May 01, 2016
Lengthy but fascinating. Excellent soloists and chorus.
Written August 05, 2015
It was worth every minute of this 5 1/2 hour opera. It had everything: romance, drama, tragedy, revenge. Berlioz' music was transcendent and the performances outstanding. Lots of ballet in the opera; lots of people didn't like that, but I thought that the staging made it move the action along. It was like an added bonus. Definitely worth seeing.
Written May 25, 2016
I have vaguely intended to see “Les Troyens” ever since I encountered a description of it in my father’s old Kobbe, but this was the first chance I had. I generally don’t care much for French opera, but Berlioz is a much more interesting composer than most—after all, he was one of the very, very few who could make even Wagner sit up and pay attention. My wife and I found this performance brilliant. If we had any complaint, it was that it was too dark—but life-from-the-Met videos always have been, whether on broadcast or when done by Fathom. There’s only so much that can be done to adapt a stage production for the camera.
Written May 29, 2016
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 September 21, 2014
A great Metropolitan Opera production of a great opera seen on HD in the theater. What a way to see an opera performed thousands of miles away in real time.