Cher Public

Broadcast: Les Troyens

La Cieca (not pictured) assumes the cher public will be here for the duration of Les Troyens from Lyric Opera of Chicago starting this afternoon at 1:00 PM. (Photo: Todd Rosenberg)

  • I attempted to access WFMT online for the “Troyens” but get the message: “Cannot load M3U8: crossdomain access denied (2048).” Can anyone offer an alternative that I might be able to get in Austria?

    Meanwhile ORF is rebroadcasting the “Semiramide” from München in February at 1:30 EST and should be available at http://oe1.orf.at/player/live

    • manou
      • Thanks so much. I actually got it on my old home radio station, WQXR in NYC. Is this the greatest opera ever written or what? That huge ensemble that just ended may be my most favorite moment in all of opera.

        In diddling around with Internet radio I just got turned on to a Portuguese fado singer named Lula Pena. Her new album (apparently the third in 20 years), “Archivo Pittoresco,” is just spectacular -- highly recommended for all with tastes in other styles of music.

        • fletcher

          Just tuning in… are you referring to ‘Châtiment effroyable’ I’m guessing?

          • Yup! I literally get goosebumps every time I hear it. If you’ve read a lot of my stuff here you now that this is one of my two all-time favorite operas.

        • manou

          I love Troyens -- but have two small grandchildren here and just have it in the background (bath time…)

  • fletcher

    Whoa, did the broadcast skip or did they really cut everything from ‘Je ne verrai pas’ to Cassandre’s big final scene?

    • fletcher

      Great conducting through that scene though -- love hearing those harps!

  • overstimmelated

    I’d been reading several reports that mentioned the cuts in the performance: Opera News’ reviewer Mark Thomas Ketterson wrote, “We lost two of the dances, and the excision of the comedic Sentries interlude was regrettable, as it mitigated Berlioz’s Shakespearean arc. Such trifles pale before glory, however…” WQXR commenter Steve from Palo Alto was “severely disappointed by the elimination of nearly a half hour of Berlioz’ glorious music. Why no comment on the complete elimination of the Act III dance sequence, the loss of much of the Act IV dance music, half of Iopas’ aria and the septet, plus the many small segments and second verses that were deleted? Those of us who really venerate this masterpiece cringe at the loss of all of these treasures.”

    However, announcer Lisa Flynn told us we’d just heard “a complete performance of Berlioz’ epic masterwork.”

    • aulus agerius

      Well, I attended and thought it was a great performance -- something no one here comments on. The only omission I noticed at the time was the sentries’ duet. Didn’t notice half of Iopas’ song missing -- seemed long enough :-) Septet cut? What septet?

      • overstimmelated

        I checked my tape and actually I think the septet is there (following the “Tout conspire” quintet & Enee’s “Banissons ces tristes souvenirs,” and leading into “Nuit d’ivresse”). Unless he meant it was cut by half — but I don’t know about that. I suppose it’s possible the evening’s running time was trimmed at later performances (the commenter had attended one in which Bix filled in for Jovanovich).

        • aulus agerius

          I remember that Corey Bix subbed a number of times for Hymel in SF last year. I didn’t realize Jovanovich had missed an LOC performance. Bix will be singing here in Charlottesville this month in DrugSong, a theatrical production that contains a chunk of Tristan’s second act. Also in July we have Matthew Vickers as Il Duca and Tobias Greenhalgh as Jud Fry

    • Thanks for that. I began listening on my computer at my desk in my office, and after the first two acts I had things to do in other rooms (I have a rather large apartment). I kept coming in and thinking “wait… how did we get here so soon?” I also found some of Davis’ tempi too fast. Aside from attending staged performances at the Met and in Mannheim and Innsbruck (where they had to shave off a full hour to guarantee an audience) and numerous broadcasts from other houses, I believe the only time in my life I heard a totally uncut performance live was an utterly glorious concert performance at Konzerthaus by Gergiev and the Mariinsky forces.