David McVicar’s acclaimed staging of Berlioz’s epic opera Les Troyens (in English: The Trojans) conducted by Antonio Pappano was a sensation for the The Royal Opera. Hector Berlioz, librettist and composer, wrote the opera between 1856 and 1858 and it became his most ambitious work, but he did not live to see it performed in its entirety. Under the title Les Troyens à Carthage, the last three acts were premièred with many cuts by Léon Carvalho's company, the Théâtre Lyrique, at their theatre (now the Théâtre de la Ville) on the Place du Châtelet in Paris on 4 November 1863, with 21 repeat performances. It was the culmination of his literary love affair with Virgil's Aeneid and with two tragic heroines, Cassandra and Dido. David McVicar's staging is on an enormous scale, assembling one of the largest casts ever seen at Covent Garden. The sweeping theme of the rise and fall of empires runs throughout Les Troyens, along with moving meditations on love and honour.
Cassandre – Anna Caterina Antonacci Enée – Bryan Hymel Didon – Eva-Maria Westbroek Chorèbe – Fabio Maria Capitanucci
Royal Opera House Chorus and Orchestra Antonio Pappano, conductor
David McVicar, stage director Es Devlin, set and costume designer
Recorded live from the Royal Opera House, June 2012
Bonus: - Designer Es Devlin explains the model box - Royal Opera House Insight Event - Cast gallery
Picture format: NTSC 16:9 Sound format: LPCM 2.0 / DTS 5.1 Region code: 0 (worldwide) Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Korean Running time: 275 mins No. of DVDs: 2