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An Impressive Achievement

Berlioz's 'The Trojans'
at Berlin's Deutsche Oper,
assessed by ROBERT HUGILL

 

The Deutsche Oper Berlin's new production of Berlioz's The Trojans debuted in December 2010. On 6 March 2011 it was revived with a slightly different cast. (Anna Caterina Antonacci's Cassandre and Daniela Barcellona's Didon were both new to the production.) David Pountney's production seemed to have few political axes to grind and not too many idées fixes, in fact in many ways it was an admirably straightforward presentation.

John Engel's set design for Acts 1 and 2, the Trojan acts, consisted of a bare wide open stage with just a black back drop and a pair of totems. The result looked impressively stark, but did not help the general acoustic and the chorus sound at the opening seemed disappointingly occluded...

Copyright © 12 March 2011 Robert Hugill,
London UK

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