Berlioz's 'Les Troyens' From the Hamburg State Opera

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Berlioz's 'Les Troyens' from the Hamburg State Opera. Berlioz's 'Les Troyens' from the Hamburg State Opera. (Hamburg State Opera)

Berlioz had a lifelong enthusiasm for Virgil's "Aeneid" and brought that passion to life in his most ambitious opera, "Les Troyens." It's presented here in a new production from Hamburg, marking conductor Kent Nagano's first production since becoming the Hamburg State Opera's new music director.

All along, the opera has been widely praised as one of the composer's most accomplished and effective scores. Yet performances of it are still unusual. Along with its technical difficulty, the full, five-act score creates an awfully long evening at the opera house, even when judicious cuts are made.

Host Lisa Simeone presents "Les Troyens" from the Hamburg State Opera. The stars are mezzo-soprano Elena Zhidkova and tenor Torsten Kerl as Dido and Aeneas, respectively, in a production led by the company's newly appointed music director, the American conductor Kent Nagano.

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Aeneas: Torsten Kerl (tenor)
Dido: Elena Zhidkova (mezzo-soprano)
Cassandra: Catherin Nagelstad (mezzo-soprano)
Chorebus: Kartal Karagedik (baritone)
Panthus: Alin Anca (bass)
Narbal: Petri Lindros (bass)
Ascanius: Christina Gansch (soprano)
Anna: Katja Pieweck (mezzo-soprano)
Iopas: Markus Nykänen (tenor)
Hylas: Julian Prégardien (tenor)
Ghost of Hector: Bruno Vargas (bass)
King Priam: Stanislav Sergeev (bass)
Hecuba: Marta Swiderska (soprano)

Hamburg State Philharmonic Orchestra
Hamburg State Opera Chorus
Kent Nagano, conductor

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