Francesca Zambello’s acclaimed production of Hector Berlioz’s vast Trojan War epic was last performed at the Met in 2003. Fabio Luisi conducts a cast led by Marcello Giordani in the central role of Aeneas, the hero who flees the ruins of Troy for a new set of challenges in the North African kingdom of Carthage. Deborah Voigt reprises the role of the cursed Trojan prophetess Cassandra, which she sang in the new production premiere, and Susan Graham makes her Met role debut as Dido, the noble but heartbroken Queen of Carthage.
Berlioz, who based the composition on Virgil’s Aeneid, wrote in 1861: “I am sure that I have written a great work, greater and nobler than anything done hitherto.” The 1863 premiere at the Théâtre Lyrique in Paris was a condensed version called Les Troyens à Carthage. The complete opera was performed in 1890 at the Karlsruhe in Germany.
Tickets are $25 or $22 for members, $18 students, and may be ordered online or by calling (413) 458-0638. Approximate running time is 300 minutes.
The Clark is located at 225 South Street. The galleries are open daily in July and August (open Tuesday through Sunday from September through June), 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31; free November through May; and free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. For more information visit clarkart.edu or call (413) 458-2303.