Berlioz: Les Troyens (2DVD)

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Bryan Hymel, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Royal Opera Chorus & Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Sir Antonio Pappano

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, June 2012

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

- 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