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Work: Les Troyens (The Trojans)

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ComposerBerlioz, Hector (1803-1869)
PeriodRomantic
Year1858
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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Carthage carnage: Tcherniakov's Trojans flops at the Bastille

Stéphanie d'Oustrac (Cassandre) © Vincent Pontet | Opéra national de Paris
Tcherniakov reduces Berlioz' epic to little more than Circle Time therapy, a poor way to mark the composer's anniversary year.
**111
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Hector Berlioz' Les Troyens conquer Vienna

Les Troyens © Wiener Staatsoper GmbH | Michael Pöhn
An epic night at the opera with Joyce DiDonato, which will be hard to forget.
*****
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Horse and Carthage: The Trojans in Nuremberg

Katrin Adel (Didon) and Mirko Roschkowski (Énée) © Ludwig Olah
A typically thought-provoking production of The Trojans from Calixto Bieito combines with a thrilling musical performance to compensate for a heavily fileted version of Berlioz's magnum opus.
****1
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“Gloire à DiDonato”: Les Troyens in Strasbourg

Joyce DiDonato and John Nelson © Gregory Massat
Nothing is better than when Berlioz ramps up the decibels. With a huge orchestra and choir and a deluxe starry cast assembled in Strasbourg, this was a special performance. 
*****
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Troy Story: Les troyens in Hamburg

Torsten Kerl (Énée) © Hans Jörg Michel (2016)
A musically strong revival of an austere production still leaves one feeling short-changed.
***11
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