The Trojans

The tragic fall of Troy, the passionate love of two great leaders, the urgent pull of destiny: all unfold as part of Berlioz’s visionary masterpiece—French grand opera's answer to Wagner's Ring.

Music and Libretto by Hector Berlioz

Sung in French with English supertitles

Cast & Creative

Cassandra Anna Caterina Antonacci 1
Cassandra Michaela Martens *2
Dido Susan Graham
Aeneas Bryan Hymel *
Coroebus Brian Mulligan
Ascanius Nian Wang *
Anna Sasha Cooke
Narbal Christian Van Horn
Pantheus Philip Horst
Iopas René Barbera
Helenus, Hylas Chong Wang *
King Priam Philip Skinner
Queen Hecuba Buffy Baggott
The Ghost of Hector Jordan Bisch
Greek Captain, Voice of Mercury, Sentry Anthony Reed *
Trojan Soldier, Sentry Matthew Stump *
Trojan Chief Jere Torkelsen
Andromaque Brook Broughton
Polyxena Rachel Speidel Little *


June 7, 12, 16, 20, 25 
July 1

Conductor Donald Runnicles
Production David McVicar
Director Leah Hausman
Set Designer Es Devlin *
Costume Designer Moritz Junge *
Original Lighting Designer Wolfgang Göbbel
Lighting Designer Pia Virolainen *
Chorus Director Ian Robertson
Choreographer Lynne Page *
Fight Director Dave Maier
Associate Choreographer Gemma Payne *

1 June 7, 16, 25, July 1 
2 June 12, 20
* San Francisco Opera Debut

Co-production with Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Milan's Teatro alla Scala and the Vienna State Opera.

Previous performances of The Trojans can be found in our Archive.


After ten years of siege, the Greeks have departed from Troy, leaving behind a giant wooden horse as an offering to Pallas Athena.

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Program Articles

A Dream Fulfilled

The Trojans (Les Troyens) fulfilled the dream of a four-year-old boy, Hector Berlioz. When his father read his precocious son Virgil’s Aeneid, the boy was so moved at Dido’s death that “I was seized with nervous shuddering and ran off to give myself up to Virgilian grief.”

“A Virgilian Opera on the Shakespearean Plan”

“For the last three years I have been tormented by the idea of a vast opera,” wrote Hector Berlioz at the end of the first edition of his Memoirs, in 1854. This oblique reference to the still-to-be-written The Trojans suggests that the composer, then just 50 years old, intuited the difficulties awaiting him. “I am resisting the temptation, and trust I shall continue to resist it to the end.”

Anna Caterina Antonacci: An Important Presence on the Opera Stage

Sopranos often hesitate to perform a part closely identified with a legend like Callas, Sutherland or Nilsson. But what about a role that is forever associated with Sophia Loren? What opera singer can follow in those special footsteps?