In 1974, director Jean-Claude Riber invited Svoboda to Geneva to stage the opera The Trojans. The opera tells of the conquest of Troy with the help of a wooden horse, Aeneas’s ocean voyage to Carthage, and the love and betrayal of Dido, and her death. The elegantly concise, perfect shapes of the mobile sets created an archaically monumental space. Segments of tall, moveable staircases, an enormous sculpture of the Trojan horse, stylised suspended balconies with rustic capitals, and mobile columns and pilasters were flooded with curtains of light, which enclosed the space. This scenography is one of Svoboda’s purest stage designs.
Hector Berlioz: THE TROJANS / LES TROYENS À CARTHAGE
Grand Théâtre Genève
premiere: 17. 9. 1974
director: Jean-Claude Riber
conductor: John Nelson
costume designer: Jarmila Konečná
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