11 Oct-14 Nov 2006. Hector Berliozs opera in five acts (1863) comes to the Opra Bastille in a new production featuring Deborah Polaski as Cassandra/Dido and Jon Villars as Aeneas. Dedicated to German opera director and set designer Herbert Wernicke (1946-2002), this production of Les Troyens is based on Wernickes creation for the Salzburg Festival in 2000. The story is divided into two parts: the Conquest of Troy and The Trojan Women at Carthage, following the adventures of Aeneas, the heroic subject of Virgils Aeneid. The libretto was written by Berlioz himself. The cast also includes Anne Salvan as Hecuba, Nikolai Didenko as Priam and Nicolas Test as Mercury, the winged messenger who convinces Aeneas to abandon his beloved Dido, Queen of Carthage, to fulfil his destiny as the founder of Rome. Musical direction is by Sylvain Cambreling. The opera is sung in French and runs for 5 hours and 5 mins including two intervals. Admission 150-5. Performances at 18.00 on 17, 21, 24, 28 Oct & 1, 4, 9, 14 Nov.
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The Trojans by Berlioz.
The Opra Bastille is at 120 rue de Lyon 75012 Paris. By Mtro to Bastille, lines 1, 5 & 8. By bus 20, 29, 65, 76, 86, 87 & 91. Tel. +33 1 72293535 .