Live at the Met goes Trojan-sized to open the new year

Why not start the new year off by going big?

Virgil's Aeneid, the timeless saga of the Trojan hero Aeneas and his journey to the North African country of Carthage is massive.

Berlioz's adaptation, the epic opera Les Trojens, is huge.

And it all comes together on the mammoth big screen at the Cowichan Theatre Saturday in the latest installment of Live at the Met.

Joyce DiDonato hosts the broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera production of Les Trojens starting at 9 .m.

Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads a rare revival starring Marcello Giordani as Aeneas, Deborah Voigt as 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, 5 1/2-hour epic will be seen in Francesca Zambello's critically acclaimed 2003 production, receiving its first Met revival this season.

"The score in Les Troyens ranges from the majestic to the sublime. There are introspective solos, stirring ensembles, a passionate love duet, rousing choruses, and intricate orchestral passages," Wilborn Hampton writes in the Huffington Post.

"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."

Tickets are $26, $24 for seniors, $22 for students and $15.50 for children.

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