Hector Berlioz's 'The Trojans' at the San Francisco Opera

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Saturday, October 31, 2015

San Francisco Opera's production of Hector Berlioz's The Trojans (Bill Cooper)

Saturday at 1 pm, join us as we travel back in time to ancient Troy. We'll be broadcasting San Francisco Opera's performance of the ambitious opera The Trojans by Hector Berlioz. This rare five act staging of the opera, also known as "Les Troyens", is actually two stories combined. Sometimes they are broken into The Fall of Troy and The Trojans at Carthage.

Donald Runnicles conducted and Ian Robertson directed this production. The role of Cassandra is played by Anna Caterina Antonacci and the role of Dido features Susan Graham.

Cassandra: Anna Caterina Antonacci
Dido: Susan Graham
Aeneas: Bryan Hymel
Anna: Sasha Cooke
Chorebus: Brian Mulligan
Narbal: Christian Van Horn
Iopas: René Barbera

Chorus CONDUCTOR: Donald Runnicles


Comments [8]

Ted Cerame from Perris, CA

Time, place, language, social norms are incidental,
superficial when it comes to great music as the Grand and
Magnificent Opera, ‘The Trojans’ illustrates.

Oct. 31 2015 06:48 PM
mike from bronx

Hi, I can't resist. Look at this partial phrase from your report, line 3: "...also know as "Les Troyens"...". Well actually it was Les Troyens first since I believe Berlioz wrote it in French (correct me if I've misstated a fact). And also the misspelled use of know instead of known. The title does translate easily into "The Trojans". It's also curious to me that you mention Cassandra and Dido (and the singers for those roles) but overlook Aeneas (or Enee). He's the lead! Kudos to Bryan Hymel who even sounded like Jon Vickers, at leastto my ears. Superb performance. Mike.

Oct. 31 2015 06:31 PM
mike from Bronx

Dear WQXR, you're slipping and others have caught it as well. David? Back to ancient Rome? Better luck with Macbeth precis next week. Mike.

Oct. 31 2015 06:22 PM
Les from Miami, Florida

By my lights, this performance was superb. Soloists, chorus and orchestra shown throughout; and I was hearing it at full-room volume to do it justice, as exemplified in "The Royal Hunt and Storm" orchestral number. I love writing comments like this.

Oct. 31 2015 05:52 PM

Right. Should be "Troy" and Carthage instead of "ancient Rome." And DONALD!

Oct. 31 2015 02:09 PM
Sally Houston from Oakland, CA

Rome? Supposedly, Rome was founded after the events of these stories.

Oct. 31 2015 12:50 PM
Les from Miami, Florida

The conductor's name is Donald Runnicles, also well known for many "Ring" cycles. Here's a magnum opus by a great composer with a stellar cas,t orchestra and chorus. In the early days, the two sections were given on two separate nights, as noted above, or all in one performance. There ought to be many happy opera lovers the world over.

Oct. 31 2015 10:09 AM
Richard Pairaudeau from Madrid


Oct. 31 2015 01:38 AM

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