This is the story of the women of Troy, the day after the Greeks have captured the city using their Trojan horse. All the men of Troy have been killed by the Greeks, the city is in ruins and the women are lamenting the loss of their husbands and worrying about what will happen to them. Meanwhile the Greeks are allocating the women amongst themselves, as slaves, wives or mistresses.
The music for this version was composed by Paul Ludden, who also conducts. It is well played by a young, eighteen piece orchestra. The music is harsh and discordant, totally appropriate for the theme of the work. There is no happiness to be found here, only despair and misery.
There is a cast of twenty, but the action is dominated by the three leading Trojan women, Hecuba, Andromache and Cassandra. Taylor Hesley-Cook as Hecuba is superb. She has an extremely powerful voice, full of emotion and is the focus of everything. She is on stage throughout.
Although this opera is about a battle that took place over two thousand years ago, it is still relevant to events that happening now, all over the world. Not to be missed.