Berlioz: Les Troyens - La Fura dels Baus (2DVD)

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Daniela Barcellona, Lance Ryan, Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, Valery Gergiev, La Fura dels Baus

Daniela Barcellona (Didon), Lance Ryan (Énée), Elisabete Matos (Cassandre), Giorgio Giuseppini (Panthée), Gabriele Viviani (Chorebe), Stephen Milling (Narbal), Eric Cutler (Iopas), Dmitri Voropaev (Hylas), Zlata Bulicheva (Anna), Askar Abdrazaov (Priam), Oksana Shilvoa (Ascagne)

Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana & Cor de la Generalitat Valenciana, Valery Gergiev

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After the very successful Ring from Valencia, here is another spectacular staging by La Fura dels Baus, this time conducted by Valery Gergiev.

This monumental opera complete with ballets, large choruses and orchestral set pieces was recorded at Valencia’s Palau de les Arts in 2009.

Great singers: Daniela Barcellona as “breathtaking Dido” (Opernglas), Lance Ryan, Elisabete Matos.

Staged by La Fura dels Baus

Bonus Making of (21 minutes)

Total: 261 minutes (Opera ´240 + ´21 Bonus ´)

English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean

DVD: DTS 5.1, PCM Stereo

"Ancient myth meets Star Wars, and the eye is constantly engaged with images ranging from space-age technology to details of soccer uniforms." The New York Times

"This is a worthy and compelling, glittering version of a sublime work." International Herald Tribune

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BBC Music Magazine

4 stars

"...while Padrissa's computer projections and airborne acrobats achieve memorable visions, he underproduces the human element. Embattled Troy is a dystopian ruin under nuclear dustclouds, the robotic Trojan Horse unleashing, like an internet 'Trojan', computer breakdown...Padrissa makes the only real stab I've seen at Berlioz's spectacular scenario for the Royal Hunt...Gergiev relishes the score's exotic colours."

Gramophone Magazine

"The cast in Valencia has its strengths, prime among them the proud, brassy mezzo of Daniela Barcellona as Dido...Elisabete Matos is a properly intense Cassandra, and Lance Ryan as an Aeneas visiting from another planet, ray gun in hand, balances the lyrical and heroic sides of the role nicely...Gergiev rouses the Orquestra de la Comunitat Valencia to some energetic playing."