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Les Troyens

Mariinsky Opera
28 - 30 August 2014
Festival Theatre

Love and war; obedience and loyalty; fate and freedom. Berlioz's visionary Les Troyens is opera on an epic scale, and deals with some of mankind's profoundest questions in a work of exceptional power and sensual lyricism.

From the Trojans' dutiful acceptance of the famous wooden horse into their beseiged city through to Enée's flight to Carthage and beyond, the opera presents an awe-inspiring vision of the ancient world, in music both monumental and intimate, glittering and solemn.

Les Troyens shows Berlioz at the height of his dramatic powers, in a work whose scale and ambition approach those of Wagner's Ring cycle.

Valery Gergiev conducts the exceptional performers of his Mariinsky Opera, last heard in the acclaimed production of Strauss's Die Frau ohne Schatten at Festival 2011, in a spectacular, colourful production by the celebrated Greek-born director Yannis Kokkos.

the Mariinsky Orchestra gleamed with typical warmth and radiance

Timeout, New York

Gergiev's performance was charged with intensity

The New York Times

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  • Language: 
    Sung in French with English supertitles
  • Running time: 
    5 hours and 30 minutes approximately


Festival Theatre

13-29 Nicolson Street,

Supported by

Dunard Fund

James and Morag Anderson

Production sponsors

Rosneft logo

BP logo
Mariinsky UK tour supported by BP

UK - Russia Year of Culture 2014 logo



'Les Troyens' by Hector Berlioz
Libretto by Hector Berlioz after Virgil

Mariinsky Opera

Sergei Semishkur (28 & 30 August)

Mlada Khudolei

Ekaterina Semenchuk (28 & 30 August)
Yulia Matochkina (29 August)

Alexei Markov (28 & 30 August)
Vladislav Sulimsky (29 August)

Yuri Vorobiev (28, 29 & 30 August)

Valery Gergiev Conductor
Yannis Kokkos Director

Photo: Marie-Noëlle Robert/Théâtre du Châtelet

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Grand circle: £95 £75 £50 £20
Stalls: £95 £75 £60 £50 £35 £20
Upper circle: £50 £30 £20

Current discounts

Under 18s: 50% off
Students: 50% off
Young Scot cardholders: 50% off
Senior citizens: 50% off
Unemployed people: 50% off
Equity/MU cardholders: 50% off