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Berlioz's Les Troyens,
heard by GIUSEPPE PENNISI

 

The staging of Hector Berlioz's Les Troyens (in the full unabridged critical edition) is a challenge rarely taken up by opera theatre administrators. The five act opera requires a huge orchestra, twenty one soloists, a double chorus and a corps de ballet. In addition, the opera calls for special effects: the Trojan horse, the burning of Troy, the Trojan vessels reaching Carthage, a royal hunt, a major storm and finally Dido's holocaust on a fiery pyre. Strictly speaking it is not longer than certain Wagnerian operas, but the frequent changes of scene during its five acts need intermissions...

Copyright © 14 April 2014 Giuseppe Pennisi,
Rome, Italy

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HECTOR BERLIOZ

LA SCALA

COVENT GARDEN

VIENNA STATE OPERA

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA

ANTONIO PAPPANO

DAVID MCVICAR

MILAN

ITALY

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