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    Default Les Troyens: ROH London 2012

    A few of us are meeting up in London next year for Les Troyens at ROH and I thought I'd post some details.

    Details of the production:

    Conductor: Antonio Pappano
    Director: David McVicar
    Orchestra & chorus of the Royal Opera, Covent Garden

    Cassandra: Anna Caterina Antonacci
    Chorèbe: Fabio Capitanucci
    Enée: Jonas Kaufmann
    Didon: Eva-Maria Westbroek
    Anna: Kristine Jepson
    Narbal: Brindley Sherratt

    New production. Co-production with Vienna State Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Milan & San Francisco Opera. The performance lasts approximately 5½ hours with two intervals. Sung in French with English sur-titles.

    Above information from ROH but I also understand that this production will be set in the time of the Crimean War.

    Dates:

    25 June
    28 June
    01 July (matinée)
    05 July
    08 July (matinée)
    11 July

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    Mamascarlatti (Natalie), Mr & Mrs Almaviva & I are planning on seeing the 01 July performance assuming I can get tickets.

    According to ROH, this is going to be a huge event & tickets will be scarce. I'm speculating, but I don't think I'll be able to get any more than the allocation for my level of 'Friend' i.e. membership. Numbers of tickets available for the general public may be similarly restricted.

    I think there are some members who hope to see the opera & it would be fantastic if you were there for the 01 July performance.

    We're hoping that anyone who can't attend will join us for a meal or even just a coffee. I have booked a hotel near Covent Garden for three nights 29 June, 30 June & 01 July & it would be lovely to meet up. We could even find the soprano singing Nessum Dorma especially for operafocus.

    For anyone coming from outside London, I don't know the city that well & people's tastes are very different so I would prefer not to recommend a hotel.

    As more details about booking dates etc become available I'll update the thread.
    Ann

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    Would that I could.
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    Sounds like important event for this opera. At least three really big names in the cast. I don't remember when that Gardiner thing was made, didn't Antonacci get much older since then? Will she sing as good as there? Kaufmann as Enee is big deal, will he beat young Jon Vickers? Probably not but he still may be good no. 2.

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    I hope you all have a fantastic time - Les Troyens is truly a great piece of art and Pappano is a fine opera conductor.

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    I'll certainly keep my eye on this for information about booking tickets and will see if I can get my hands on some. Regardless of whether or not I will be able to make the performance, I'm certain that I'll be joining you folks on one of the days anyway.

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    Really hope that this production is eventually released in DVD format!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aramis View Post
    Sounds like important event for this opera. At least three really big names in the cast. I don't remember when that Gardiner thing was made, didn't Antonacci get much older since then? Will she sing as good as there? Kaufmann as Enee is big deal, will he beat young Jon Vickers? Probably not but he still may be good no. 2.
    Antonacci is still a fine-looking, fine-singing lady.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Does the ROH still have standing room? From 20 years ago, I remember it as the most painful physical experience of my life--the first time I'd realized what people meant when they said their feet were killing them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnaMendoza View Post
    Does the ROH still have standing room?


    Oh yes.

    Quote Originally Posted by AnaMendoza View Post
    From 20 years ago, I remember it as the most painful physical experience of my life--the first time I'd realized what people meant when they said their feet were killing them.
    You get a padded back rest though!
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    29 June, 30 June & 01 July

    Dates noted, thanks. I can't be certain of anything at this stage, but if I can be in London then, I'll try to clear a path as we get nearer the event.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Almaviva View Post
    Antonacci is still a fine-looking, fine-singing lady.
    The question is not if she is still but if she will be in june HO HO HO

    Any ideas about how it may look? At least if the whole thing will be reasonable (read: traditional)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnaMendoza View Post
    Does the ROH still have standing room? From 20 years ago, I remember it as the most painful physical experience of my life--the first time I'd realized what people meant when they said their feet were killing them.
    Bearing in mind that Les Troyens is 5 acts , really two operas rolled into one!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aramis View Post
    Any ideas about how it may look? At least if the whole thing will be reasonable (read: traditional)?
    As I put in the details above, I understand it will be set during the Crimean War.

    The reason I'm saying this is because when I was on my Macbeth Marathon, I went to an Insight Forum & the ROH armourer came in to chat about swords & replica guns etc. All the weapons are made in house & it was him who said Les Troyens would be set in the period of the Crimean War & that he had a lot of work to do.
    Ann

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    It's absolutely illogical idea.

    But early/middle XIXth century military uniforms were most beautiful things that humans ever came to wear. If they will make them properly then I may even forgive them.

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    McVicar is capable of updating an opera very successfully--witness his British Empire Giulio Cesare at Glyndebourne. Interesting to see if the Crimean War setting will be as persuasive for Les Troyens.
    Alan

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