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THE METROPOLITAN OPERA: LES TROYENS

By vestedinterest
Written January 06, 2013
To an opera enthusiast, the opportunity to see Berlioz' "Les Troyens" is a "bucket list" option. No one dares to produce this opera because it requires a large chorus, 10 superlative individual singers of the lyric French style, and a stage production that displays the full impact of the Trojan War (with the horse)...The Met has only done this 3 times in its history since it was composed over 160 years ago. This production satisfied all issues and was a highlight of my opera experiences. Congratulations to the Met! If you did not like this production, then frankly you should never go to see an opera.
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Thrilling production of "Les Troyens"

By impresaria
Written January 06, 2013
Bryan Hymel as Enee was electric, and the ladies (Voigt and Graham) were excellent. Berlioz's music as always was superb. But why must the director think she knows so much better than Virgil and Berlioz? Her odd changes made hash of key points of the plot. For example -- bringing Andromache and Hecuba onstage during the mass suicide scene, when it is essential that the audience understand that Andromache became booty. Or -- having Enee wandering around Troy when he sees Hector's ghost, when the point is that Hector awakens him and tells him to flee. And Croft as Chorebe seemed far more in love with himself than with Cassandre. Nonetheless -- thrilling.
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Les Troyans

By bigjohnf
Written January 07, 2013
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.
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Les Troyens

By esb501
Written January 06, 2013
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.
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A great sprawling white elephant?

By Barry Freed
Written January 22, 2013
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.
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