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Les Troyens


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Opera in 5 acts by Berlioz to his own lib. from Virgil's Aeneid. Comp. 1856–8. To achieve a staging, Berlioz in 1863 divided it into two operas: Acts I and II became La Prise de Troie (The Capture of Troy) in 3 acts; Acts III, IV, and V became Les Troyens à Carthage (The Trojans at Carthage) in 5 acts with prelude not in orig. score, this part being perf. in Paris 4 Nov. 1863. First prod. of whole work but with the 2 parts on successive evenings, Karlsruhe, 6–7 Dec. 1890, cond. F. Mottl, likewise in Glasgow 18–19 March 1935, cond. E. Chisholm. F.p. on one evening, London, CG 1957, cond. Kubelik (but cut by 20 mins), f.p. complete on one evening, sung in Eng., Glasgow (Scottish Opera) May 1969, cond. Gibson, f.p. complete on one evening, sung in Fr., London CG Sept. 1969, cond. C. Davis. In Amer., f.p. of condensed vers. Boston March 1955, complete NY Met Sept. 1973.

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