Barbican Concerts

Valery Gergiev's Berlioz: Romeo and Juliet

NB No interval. Change of soloist

Wed 6 Nov 2013 7.30pm - Barbican Hall, London


Valery Gergiev

Valery Gergiev

Olga Borodina

Olga Borodina

BERLIOZ Romeo and Juliet

Valery Gergiev conductor
Olga Borodina mezzo-soprano
Kenneth Tarver tenor
Evgeny Nikitin bass-baritone
London Symphony Chorus
London Symphony Orchestra

Shakespeare proved to be one of the enduring influences on Berlioz throughout his life. The composer described his first encounter with one of Shakespeare’s works (Hamlet, featuring Berlioz’s future wife Harriet Smithson) as a ‘thunderbolt’ that changed his life – and musical imagination – forever.

In Romeo and Juliet, he delivers his own ground-breaking take on Shakespeare’s bittersweet tragedy, combining the playwright’s influence with the all the musical drama of Beethoven’s symphonies, and adding solo voices and chorus into the mix.

Please note that there will be no interval.

Change of soloist
Unfortunately Ildar Abdrazakov has withdrawn from this concert for personal reasons. We are grateful to Evgeny Nikitin for agreeing to step in to perform at short notice.

Tickets: £10 £15 £20 £28 £37

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This event celebrates the Royal Philharmonic Society Bicentenary 1813-2013

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Pre-concert talk
6pm, Fountain Room (Level G)
Free entry
Berlioz and the Romantic Orchestra
This talk will explore the influence of Berlioz on writing for orchestra during the Romantic era. Chaired by RPS Projects Co-ordinator Tom Hutchinson, the panel includes David Cairns, Leanne Langley and Julian Rushton, who have all written extensively on Berlioz and his music.

Part of RPS200, a year-long celebration of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Bicentenary in 2013.

Gergiev's Berlioz

> Thu 31 Oct: Symphonie fantastique

> Fri 1 Nov: Harold in Italy

> Sun 3 Nov: The Damnation of Faust

> Wed 6 Nov: Romeo and Juliet

> Thu 7 Nov: The Damnation of Faust

> Tue 12 Nov: Harold in Italy

> Wed 13 Nov: Romeo and Juliet

> Thu 14 Nov: Symphonie fantastique

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