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Les Troyens: San Francisco Opera

Runnicles has some history with this opera, and his reading pulsed not only with energy throughout but with unusual fervor in the heated Trojan scenes and romantic intensity in the much more extended Carthaginian segment. He made such difficult, often static moments as the presentation of the Carthaginians to the queen and the various dance segments both meaningful and connected to the rest of the opera. The great sequence of the Royal Hunt and Storm had tremendous color and pulse and the conclusion of Troy terrifying.

 

Speight Jenkins

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