Met Opera on Demand Catalog
(Feb. 22, 2003)
Composer: Hector Berlioz
Librettist: Hector Berlioz
Levine; Hunt Lieberson, Voigt, Heppner, Croft, Lloyd
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 4 hrs. 3 min.
From "James Levine: Celebrating 40 Years at the Met" CD Box Set
Performances of Berlioz’s epic masterpiece are rare events—under James Levine’s inspired leadership, the stellar cast and the Met’s chorus and orchestra triumphantly meet the enormous challenge. Ben Heppner is the legendary Trojan hero Aeneas who escapes the doomed city of Troy and falls in love with the beautiful Queen of Carthage, Dido, sung by the radiant Lorraine Hunt Lieberson in her final appearance at the Met. Deborah Voigt is breathtaking as Cassandra, the Trojan prophetess who sees the looming calamity but is ignored.