• Hans Jörg Michel

Saturday 28. Jan. 2017, 7.00 pm - 10.45 pm | Großes Haus


Hector Berlioz

Les Troyens

Introduction at 6.20 PM

Berlioz‘ reading of Virgil’s Aeneid reduces the story of the mythical founding of Rome by Aeneas to the tragic conflict between two dispossessed persons. In Troy, Cassandra warns her people to no avail, while the horse is towed into the city amidst general jubilation. Aeneas and his people escape, guided by the gods’ cry of “Italy!”. Meanwhile, in the idyll of Carthage, Dido lives with her people from Tyros; she falls in love with Aeneas, who has come to her military aid. However, Aeneas refuses to stay, for he has a mission. The last act is the swan song, desperation and death of Dido. Victor Hugo found “that here is the ugly next to the beautiful, the distorted close to the graceful, the grotesque behind the sublime, the bad alongside the good, and shadow next to light.” Berlioz subjects his figures to these antithetical forces in musical terms as well – expulsion becomes promise and then betrayal.

Director: Michael Thalheimer
Set Designer: Olaf Altmann
Costume Designer: Michaela Barth
Lighting Designer: Norman Plathe
Dramaturgy: Johannes Blum

Premiere: 19.09.2015

Supported by the Klaus-Michael Kühne Foundation


Venue: Großes Haus, Dammtorstraße 28, 20354 Hamburg
Prices: 7,00 EUR to 119,00 EUR

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