B-I-G, Big Berlioz

by Suzanne Calvin

For the first time in forty years, Berlioz’ grand five-and-a-half hour masterpiece, LES TROYENS, is trodding the boards in a complete staging at London’s Royal Opera House.  Critic Andrew Clements at “The Guardian” gave the new David McVicar production four out of five stars in this review.  Perhaps he knocked off a star for the questionable use of a flying saucer…perhaps not.  Details on that in this Associated Press article in the “Washington Post.”

Question: How much is too much?  Would you welcome a five-and-a-half-hour world-class production at the Winspear Opera House -- or would you rather wait for the DVD, with or without extraterrestrial beings, to be enjoyed at leisure in your den?  Just curious… 

(Photo courtesy of Associated Press)

Suzanne Calvin, Manager/Director Media and PR

2 Responses to B-I-G, Big Berlioz

juliamclain@verizon.net says: September 1, 2012 at 12:08 pm

I loved the performance but was in fear of falling to my death. The railing only comes up to mid knee height on the top rows in the front. To be accidentally bumped from behind could cause one to fall about 20 stories to their death. The friend I came with was just as afraid. We were both almost in tears throughout the performance with fear of falling. Unfortunate, as the ballet was so great. I won’t be coming back unless this architecture is fixed. Too many people falling to their deaths at such places.

Mary Dibbern says: June 27, 2012 at 7:44 pm

Les Troyens is one of my favorite operas! I would love to see the film projected at the Winspear…that would be a thrill!