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Watch: David McVicar and Antonio Pappano preview Les Troyens

Duo tell audience at ROH Insights session about their new production of Berlioz's epic.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

18 June 2012 at 4.47pm | 3 Comments

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.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

18 June 2012 at 4.47pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged Alexandra Deshorties, Antonio Pappano, Berlioz, Bryan Hymel, David Mcvicar, insight, Les Troyens, Music, Production

This article has 3 comments

  1. Helen Buckley responded on 21 June 2012 at 3:57am Reply

    It was fantastic to be able to see this. Living out of town I seldom manage to see the insight programmes unless they happen on the same night I have tickets for. Thank you for this wonderful introduction and thank you for placing it on the website; I can't wait to see the whole opera!

  2. Jane Wright responded on 22 June 2012 at 10:16pm Reply

    I also do not live in London and so rarely get to an Insight Evening. Being able to see these ahead of the performance is really appreciated.
    Any chance of them being a bit longer in future? I could listen to Antonio Pappano talking about opera all evening and, whilst I certainly wouldn't absorb it all the first time round, the web enables repeated listening.

  3. Marion Howells responded on 5 July 2012 at 8:24pm Reply

    I also do not live in London so rarely make an Insight Evening. What a great opportunity to learn more about the production before seeing it in person. I hope you will repeat this idea. It heightens the anticipation for me of seeing the production live shortly. Thank you.

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