Les Troyens and Die tote Stadt released on DVD
David McVicar’s epic production of Berlioz's opera stars Olivier Award winning Bryan Hymel.
3 October 2013 at 2.13pm | Comment on this article
Barbara Senator as Ascanius, Ashley Holland as Panthus, Bryan Hymel as Aeneas and Fabio Capitanucci as Coroebus in Les Troyens © Bill Cooper/ROH 2012
Korngold’s Die tote Stadt, performed by Finnish National Opera, has also been released on DVD. Directed by Royal Opera House Director of Opera Kasper Holten, the production stars Klaus Florian Vogt as Paul and Camilla Nylund as Marietta.
Based on Virgil’s Aeneid, Les Troyens follows Trojan warrior Énée (Aeneas) from the destruction of his home city Troy to Carthage, where he falls in love with its Queen, Didon (Dido).
Epic in every sense of the word, the production brought together one of the largest casts and biggest sets ever seen on the Covent Garden stage. Find out more about the construction and transportation of two Ancient Greek cities.
Barbara Senator as Ascanius, Robert Lloyd as Priam, Sophia Mcgregor as Andromache, Sebastian Wright as Astanax, Pamela Helen Stephen as Hecuba and Anna Caterina Antonacci as Cassandra in Les Troyens © Bill Cooper/ROH 2012
Conducted by Royal Opera House Director of Music, the production stars acclaimed Dutch soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek as Dido and American tenor Bryan Hymel as Aenas, who won an Outstanding Achievement in Opera Olivier Award following his performance in Les Troyens, Rusalka and Robert le diable. Watch an interview with Bryan Hymel about taking on the role of Aeneas.
The production also features an acclaimed performance by Anna Caterina Antonacci as Cassandra. Read audience reactions to the opening night.
The DVD includes introductions by Antonio Pappano and set designer Es Devlin, as well as footage from a Royal Opera House Insight Event featuring some of the cast.