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When: Sun., Nov. 13, 1 p.m., Thu., Nov. 17, 1 p.m., Mon., Nov. 21, 5:30 p.m., Sat., Nov. 26, 5:30 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 3, 1 p.m. 2016

Though he spent years trying to get it produced, 19th-century French composer Hector Berlioz never got to see a performance of his Les Troyens, based on Virgil’s Aeneid. And, very likely, neither have you, since the five-act, two-part, five-hour megawork that begins with the Trojan horse and ends on a funeral pyre in Carthage is seldom mounted. Lyric Opera is promoting its first-ever production as a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity and will be offering box suppers in the lobby at the first intermission for sustenance. As if any extra excitement were needed, two weeks before opening, Lyric announced that veteran Susan Graham would replace mezzo-soprano Sophie Koch, who was originally cast as the Carthaginian queen Dido but had to withdraw for personal reasons.

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Price: $20-$349

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