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Hector Berlioz - Les Troyens (Theatre du Chatelet, Paris 2003) [Blu-ray] [2010] [Region Free]

John Eliot Gardiner , Anna Caterina Antonacci , Yannis Kokkos , Peter Maniura    Exempt   Blu-ray
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  • Actors: John Eliot Gardiner, Anna Caterina Antonacci, Susan Graham, Ludovic Tézier, Laurent Naouri
  • Directors: Yannis Kokkos, Peter Maniura
  • Format: Classical, DTS Surround Sound, PAL, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: French, English, German, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: OPUS ARTE
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Mar 2010
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003757W1A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,320 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducts the Monteverdi Choir, Choeur du Theatre du Chatelet and Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique in their performance of Berlioz's opera, 'Les Troyens'. Tenor Gregory Kunde and mezzo-soprana Anna Caterina Antonacci lead an international cast.

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Troiani (I) / Les Troyens (2 Blu-Ray)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exemplary 1 Oct 2006
Format:DVD
As ever so often with the house of BBC Opus Arte, this is an outstanding product, with superior packaging and domumentation, hair-rising state of the art sonics and video quality, and relevant and interesting material supplementary to the main "feature" (a full-length documentary on the production itself deriving from a BBC TV programme, with interviews with the main singers, the conductor and the producer and a sound -i.e., read- detailed synopsis of the opera's plot with visual references to the performance itself). "The Trojans" is nor precisely a repertory work so these extra items do mean an important advantage.

In fact, there's practically nothing at fault here, although not all reviews in this site are favourable. I suppose US viewers will find it unnecessary that the greek invaders in Act 2 wear US Military uniforms and wield mock M16 rifles aimed at the trojan women, a precision at odds with the general timelessness attempted with the clothing, a stylised mixture of styles from several centuries (20th century raincoats, suggested antique breastplates made of some synthetic fibre, antiquity gowns, and the like). The same US guns are used by Aeneas's followers when they are summoned to help Dido's own forces repeal invaders of her realm, further on; an uncalled-for theatrical reference to the US as a world provider of violence instruments?
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!!! 22 Sep 2004
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Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This new production of Les Troyens at the Chatelet had been one of the major events in the celebrations for the 200th birthday of one of France's greatest composers, Hector Berlioz. Les Troyens is one of the greatest masterpieces of 19th century opera, one that stands alongside with Verdi's 'Otello' and Wagner's 'Tristan and Isolde'.
Director/designer Yannis Kokkos created wonderful classical sets, brown - gray for the first two acts, white - blue for the second part of the opera and directed a very effective and moving show.
John Eliot Gardiner conducted his Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique magnificently. Various period brass instruments are used on stage according to Berlioz instructions. The Monteverdi Choir combined with the Chatelet Choir make a wonderful and precise sound. The linkage of the music of Berlioz with Gluck is presented here more than in any other performance of this masterpiece I have heard in the past.
Major roles have been given to lighter-voiced singers than one usually associates with this score, but Gardiner assembled a great cast of wonderful singers - actors. Anna Caterina Antonacci is a magnificent Cassandra: a beautiful woman, a fascinating actress. She has a real sense of the text and sings with great beauty. Susan Graham sings a great performance of Dido with big violence and involvement for the tragic last scene of the opera.
Tenor Gregory Kunde sings a lot of bel canto roles, while the heroic Aeneas needs voices like Vickers, Heppner etc. but Kunde as Aeneas is a great surprise. Ludovic Tezier as Chorebe is one of the best baritones singing in French. Mark Padmore sings Iopas aria 'Blonde Ceres' beautifully, and Laurent Naouri is an impressive Narbal. So is the young Mezzo from Croatia Renata Pokupic. Tenor Topi Lehtipuu sings the young sailor Hylas's Act V aria 'Valon sonore' beautifully.
Great opera. Magnificent performance!
Highly recommended. Should be in every opera fan collection.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!!! 13 Oct 2004
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Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This new production of Les Troyens at the Chatelet had been one of the major events in the celebrations for the 200th birthday of one of France's greatest composers, Hector Berlioz. Les Troyens is one of the greatest masterpieces of 19th century opera, one that stands alongside with Verdi's 'Otello' and Wagner's 'Tristan and Isolde'.
Director/designer Yannis Kokkos created wonderful classical sets, brown - gray for the first two acts, white - blue for the second part of the opera and directed a very effective and moving show.
John Eliot Gardiner conducted his Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique magnificently. Various period brass instruments are used on stage according to Berlioz instructions. The Monteverdi Choir combined with the Chatelet Choir make a wonderful and precise sound. The linkage of the music of Berlioz with Gluck is presented here more than in any other performance of this masterpiece I have heard in the past.
Major roles have been given to lighter-voiced singers than one usually associates with this score, but Gardiner assembled a great cast of wonderful singers - actors. Anna Caterina Antonacci is a magnificent Cassandra: a beautiful woman, a fascinating actress. She has a real sense of the text and sings with great beauty. Susan Graham sings a great performance of Dido with big violence and involvement for the tragic last scene of the opera.
Tenor Gregory Kunde sings a lot of bel canto roles, while the heroic Aeneas needs voices like Vickers, Heppner etc. but Kunde as Aeneas is a great surprise. Ludovic Tezier as Chorebe is one of the best baritones singing in French. Mark Padmore sings Iopas aria 'Blonde Ceres' beautifully, and Laurent Naouri is an impressive Narbal. So is the young Mezzo from Croatia Renata Pokupic. Tenor Topi Lehtipuu sings the young sailor Hylas's Act V aria 'Valon sonore' beautifully.
Great opera. Magnificent performance!
Highly recommended. Should be in every opera fan collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a surprise pleasure
Bought on a whim and glad I did so. Never watched /listened to such a wonderful performance. One after another of top quality singers . I watched spellbound (my partner said). Read more
Published 6 months ago by william
5.0 out of 5 stars How could i have ignored this for so long??
Les Troyens is the most important oeuvre of french composer Hector Berlioz.
He is said to have been greatly influenced by Gluck whom had Salieri as a student and whose works... Read more
Published 9 months ago by cathert
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstandingly Good! Great Performance!
I'm so pleased I decided to invest in this sparkling production of Les Troyens, which envelopes the viewer-listener in an inspirational cascade of singing and orchestration... Read more
Published 12 months ago by H. A. Weedon
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific production and probably definitive for a long time to come
Unusually, I would like to commence this review with an overall summary comment that in my opinion this is as fine as we have any right to expect with a sympathetic setting of the... Read more
Published on 13 Nov 2011 by I. Giles
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific DVD but get the Blu-ray version for even better results
Unusually I would like to commence this review with an overall summary comment that in my opinion this issue is as fine as we have any right to expect with a sympathetic setting of... Read more
Published on 13 Nov 2011 by I. Giles
5.0 out of 5 stars Total opera
Presented across two dual-layer BD50 Blu-ray discs, Berlioz's adaptation of Virgil's The Aeneid is truly an epic undertaking, both in terms of the production and the opera itself. Read more
Published on 19 Aug 2010 by Keris Nine
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