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Les Troyens (Royal Opera House)

The story is taken from Virgil’s great poem The Aeneid, and dramatizes the fall of Troy and Enée’s (Aeneas’) doomed affair with Didon (Dido), Queen of Carthage. It brings alive a wealth of human emotions set against the monumental canvas of the rise and fall of empires. This new production by celebrated director David McVicar (whose work for the Royal Opera includes Rigoletto, Adriana Lecouvreur and Salome) is on an impressive scale. The extraordinary world-class cast includes Bryan Hymel as the heroic Enée, Eva-Marie Westbroek as his beloved Didon and Anna Caterina Antonacci (who created the role of Carmen in Francesca Zambello’s production for The Royal Opera in 2006) as the doomed prophetess Cassandre, under the baton of Antonio Pappano. Designs are by Es Devlin (designer for the closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympics) and Moritz Junge. With such a team, this promises to be a once-in-a lifetime experience.

CAST: Eva-Maria Westbroek, Fabio Capitanucci, Anna Caterina Antonacci

DIRECTOR: David McVicar

RUN TIME: 330 min