Watch: David McVicar and Antonio Pappano preview Les Troyens
Duo tell audience at ROH Insights session about their new production of Berlioz's epic.
Penny Smith interviewing David McVicar and Antonio Pappano at an ROH Insights session © Sim Canetty-Clarke/ROH 2012
Director David McVicar and Music Director of The Royal Opera Antonio Pappano recently took time out of rehearsals for Les Troyens to give an ROH Insights audience a preview of their hotly-anticipated new work.
Introducing the Royal Opera staging, newly-knighted David McVicar told interviewer Penny Smith that directing the piece was an honour. The director discussed the reasons for setting the action to the 1800s, as well as hinting at how the production will look. Creating set and props for Les Troyens is an undertaking that has challenged the Props Department and stage crews. Watch an extract in which David and Antonio preview the production:
Also at the event, Antonio Pappano led the audience in an exploration of Berlioz’s score, about which David McVicar remarked, “once you get into this score, it’s not just an obsession; but a mission”. Accompanied by pianist Mark Packwood, Maestro Pappano conducted singers Bryan Hymel (Énée) and Alexandra Deshorties (Cassandra) through a number of extracts from the work, exploring the characters of the two roles. Watch an extract examining the score:
Les Troyens runs from 25 June – 11 July.