balances a very human love story with the grandeur of the state, encompassing thrilling arias and duets, great set-pieces of massed chorus, and vivid orchestration. Julia is a temple virgin, torn between her religious duty and her love for the military hero Licinius. When she allows the temple's sacred flame to go out she is condemned to death, but a sign from the gods re-establishes her honour and love is triumphant. New Production. La Vestale
has not been seen in London for 160 years. Running time 2 hours 50 minutes.Performers Jane Eaglen (Julia), John Hudson (Licinius), Paul Nilon (Cinna), Anne-Marie Owens (High Priestess), Gerard O'Connor (Supreme Pontiff).
Music Spontini. Company English National Opera. Conductor David Parry. Director Francesca Zambello. Design Alison Chitty. Lighting Rick Fisher. Choreographer Lea Anderson. Translation Cori Ellison.