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A rare opera, done brilliantly

By John W Kennedy
Written January 12, 2013
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.
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Les Troyans

By bigjohnf
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.
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Les Troyens by Berlioz Met LIVE in HD

By a2020orthophoria
Written October 30, 2014
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.
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Dazzling

By Florida Panther
Written September 21, 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!
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Thrilling production of "Les Troyens"

By impresaria
Written August 01, 2014
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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