Written July 06, 2015
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.
Written November 25, 2015
A tour de force for the Metropolitan Opera. The second act of the opera has too many scenes with dancers. The singers were magnificent.
Written January 30, 2015
Berlioz music is wonderful. The singing was wonderful. The opera was too long. The ballet was beautiful, but it can be eliminated without hurting the story. I did enjoy the opera very much.
Written May 07, 2015
Grand cast, grand staging, grand opera......a must go
Written October 09, 2015
Long but beautiful and terrifically sung.