Trojan War Epic "Les Troyens" To Air Live in HD at the Clark
For Immediate Release
December 17, 2012
Williamstown, MA—On Saturday, January 5 at 12 pm, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute presents Les Troyens, a production of The Met: Live in HD. Tickets are $25 ($22 members; $18 students) and may be ordered online or by calling 413 458 0MET (458 0638). Approximate running time is 300 minutes.
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.
The Met: Live in HD is a series of live opera performances transmitted in high-definition video via satellite from the Metropolitan Opera in New York City to selected venues in the United States and around the world.
About The Clark
Set amidst 140 acres in the Berkshires, the Clark is one of the few major art museums that also serves as a leading international center for research and scholarship. The Clark presents public and education programs and organizes groundbreaking exhibitions that advance new scholarship. The Clark’s research and academic programs include an international fellowship program and conferences. Together with Williams College, the Clark sponsors one of the nation’s leading master’s programs in art history.
The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. 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.
On Saturday, January 5 at 12 pm, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute presents the Trojan War epic Les Troyens, a production of The Met: Live in HD. Tickets are $25 ($22 members; $18 students) and may be ordered online or by calling 413 458 0MET (458 0638). Approximate running time is 300 minutes.
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