The Norwegian director Stefan Herheim succeeded in making this four-hour five-acter manageable, with wonderful visual effects, as well as the help of the spectacular set design by Philipp Furhofer and arresting costumes by Gesine Völlm. Ballet dancers thread through the action, in powerful and elegant contrast to the upheavals of battles for power, and the action moves to 1855 – the time of the opera's first performance at the Paris Opéra. That opulent house is the inspiration for the lavish set in this grandest of grand operas.
Bryan Hymel sings Henri in a revival of Les Vêpres Siciliennes at the Royal Opera House. Photo: Dario Acosta
An international cast includes the great Uruguay-born baritone Erwin Schrott as the vengeful rebel Procida, and Michael Volle as his nemesis Guy de Montfort; while sopranos Malin Byström and Rachele Stanisci, and US tenor Bryan Hymel play the lovers Hélène and Henri.
Maurizio Benini conducts the Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House.
Les Vêpres Siciliennes is sung in French with English surtitles. Booking opens 9AM, Wed 26 July
|Verdi's Les Vêpres Siciliennes, Royal Opera House
|Royal Opera House, Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD | MAP
|Covent Garden (underground)
12 Oct 17 – 04 Nov 17, six performances, two intervals
|£8 - £175
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