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Dazzling

By Florida Panther
Written January 06, 2013
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!
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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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Les Troyens

By rnsullivan
Written January 06, 2013
Live in HD from the Met is a wonderful way to see opera up close. The performance was outstanding. The ticket purchasing process from Fandango worked just fine. The only negative point is that the Met switched the starting time from 12:55PM to 12:00PM, but the Fandango web site continuously said 12:55. Happily, my daughter sent me an email she got from Met informing her that the performance time had been changed, so we went in time for the earlier starting time. Since she was singing in the chorus for this production, we would have been beyond stressed if we had missed an hour. The box office instructed us to always check the theatre's web site instead of the ticket web site in future. All in all, we really appreciate the Live in HD program and the ability to pre-order tickets thru Fandango.
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Must See

By Doctoreye
Written January 07, 2013
Beautiful production with fabulous voices. Not to be missed.
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Lers Troyens

By jpgilbert
Written January 06, 2013
Cool production; wonderful leads; boring opera. I really don't like French opera!. This merely re-confirms my bias!
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