A Gift Horse
Berlioz's 'Les Troyens' at San Francisco Opera
brings tears to JAMES SOHRE's eyes
From the moment Donald Runnicles gave the downbeat at San Francisco Opera's Les Troyens, I knew I was in for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Maestro Runnicles and his superb orchestra were aglow from the first bars of a definitive reading of this Berlioz masterpiece and they slowly and surely revealed a performance of cumulative, inexorable beauty. Heard closing night of the run, a cast of first tier singers, dancers, and instrumentalists just let 'er rip 'one last time', and the evening was, quite simply, on fire. Their commitment and passion were infectious...
Copyright © 8 July 2015