Watch Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 1pm on WMHT TV.
Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads a rare revival of Berlioz's epic Les Troyens, based on Virgil's Aeneid on Great Performances at the Met.
Bryan Hymel stars as Aeneas, the Trojan hero whose adventures take him from the fall of Troy to the shores of the North African kingdom of Carthage. Deborah Voigt sings Cassandra, the Trojan prophetess who tries to warn her countrymen of the dangers about to befall them, and Susan Graham makes her Met role debut as Dido, the Carthaginian queen who gives her heart to Aeneas with disastrous consequences. The five-act epic will be seen in Francesca Zambello's critically acclaimed 2003 production, which received its first Met revival this season.
"Mezzo-soprano Susan Graham triumphed in her first Met performance as Dido…in one of the greatest works in the repertory," noted Anthony Tommasini in The New York Times.
"This revival is carried by splendid performances by Susan Graham as Dido and Deborah Voigt as Cassandra, along with the always excellent Met chorus and orchestra under the exacting and fast-paced conducting of Fabio Luisi," echoed Wilborn Hampton in the Huffington Post.
Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato hosts the transmission and conducts backstage interviews with the stars.