Sunday, June 07, 2015

Gloire à Berlioz

Still working on the review, but Troyens was overwhelming and wonderful, greater than the sum of its parts. What a piece! What amazing scale! What spectacle! What a cast!

Yes, you could say I was happy with it. More after I file, which will be sometime tomorrow.


Michael Strickland said...


Anonymous said...

Glad you enjoyed yourself.

Lisa Hirsch said...

Shortest five-hour opera ever!

greg b said...

Dear Lisa,
Hi....happy you enjoyed the opera.
Can you recommend a recording that includes the ophicleide and saxhorns?
- regards, Greg from SF

Lisa Hirsch said...

Rob Gordon posted a more or less definitive discussion of Troyens recordings a couple of years ago, and thanks to him I can say that the only recording that includes them is the Gardiner DVD. :)

Henry Holland said...

Dammit, I was hoping you'd report it was terrible and why waste all that money and it's a dumb opera after all etc. because I'm poor and can't afford to attend. :-)

I wanted to see it to hopefully erase the memory of the crowd laughing at the ludicrous dance sequence at the one production I've seen in a theater (LA Opera).

Lisa Hirsch said...


Can you drive up? Can you stand through it? That's $15 or something.

There's a weekend performance on June 20.

Henry Holland said...

I can't justify spending even the $200 it would take while I'm unemployed. I hate being a responsible adult! :-)

Mark Swed was meh about it, it was probably incredible, hahahaha.