Les Troyens at the Opéra de Paris

Bonus (225 min)
In 1990, the Opéra Bastille was officially inaugurated with a performance of Les Troyens. For the opening of its 30th season, Dmitri Tcherniakov signs a new production of Hector Berlioz’s monumental opera on the fall of Troy and the perilous voyage of Aeneas. Brandon Jovanovich, Ekaterina Semenchuk and Stéphanie d'Oustrac will be singing under the baton of Philippe Jordan.
In 1854, Hector Berlioz noted in his diary that the idea of a huge opera, for which he would write both the music and the libretto, had been tormenting him for three years. It would be another two years before he embarked on the adventure. The composer sets his sights on the Aeneid, Virgil’s epic tale of the exploits of Aeneas, the mythological hero of the Trojan War, and the origins of Rome.
Thanks to its brilliant orchestral modernity and its plot borrowed from antiquity, Les Troyens blew new life into a European opera world that was still strongly dominated by Verdi. Unfortunately, Berlioz never managed to attend a complete performance of this monumental four-hour work. In order to create his opera, the composer was forced to divide it into two parts: The Capture of Troy and The Trojans at Carthage. While the first part describes the end of the Trojan War, the second is devoted to the love of Aeneas and Dido, Queen of Carthage.
Thirty years after its inaugural season in 1990, the Opéra Bastille once again opens its programme schedule with Les Troyens. A prestigious vocal cast will be performing under the baton of Philippe Jordan: Brandon Jovanovich will play Aeneas, the prophetess Cassandre will be played by Stéphanie d'Oustrac, and Stéphane Degout will sing the role of Chorèbe, Aeneas’ comrade in arms. In the second part, mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Semenchuk sings the role of Dido. The set design is by Dmitri Tcherniakov, who is renowned for his imaginative theatrical choices and his brilliant direction.

With :

Ekaterina Semenchuk (Didon)
Stéphanie d'Oustrac (Cassandre)
Brandon Jovanovich (Enée)
Véronique Gens (Hécube)
Stéphane Degout (Chorèbe)
Paata Burchuladze (Priam)
Sophie Claisse (Polyxène)
Michèle Losier (Ascagne)
Christian Helmer (Panthée)
Christian van Horn (Narbal)
Aude Extrémo (Anna)

Composer :

Hector Berlioz

Director :

Dmitri Tcherniakov

Music director :

Philippe Jordan

Orchestra :

Orchestre de l'Opéra national de Paris

Choir director :

José Luis Basso

Choir :

Chœurs de l’Opéra national de Paris

Sets :

Dmitri Tcherniakov

Costumes :

Elena Zaytseva

Lighting :

Gleb Filshtinsky

Presenter :

Saskia de Ville

Country :

France

Year :

2019