The Damnation of Faust

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Sun 17 Sep 2017 6.00pm - 8.40pm
Barbican Hall, London

BERLIOZ The Damnation of Faust
Interval after part 2

Sir Simon Rattle conductor
Karen Cargill Marguerite
Bryan Hymel Faust
Christopher Purves Mephistopheles
Gábor Bretz Brander
London Symphony Chorus
Simon Halsey chorus director
Tiffin Boys’ Choir
Tiffin Children’s Chorus
Tiffin Girls’ Choir
James Day Tiffin choirs director
London Symphony Orchestra

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Part of the 2017/18 season

From selling your soul to the devil to finding salvation – Sir Simon Rattle ventures through Berlioz's tempestuous oratorio, The Damnation of Faust.

Berlioz’s The Damnation of Faust is a work born of the composer’s obsession with Goethe's legendary tale. Once a righteous scholar, Faust allows himself to be corrupted by the devil, and drags the innocent around him into desperation and death. It’s a fable that defies definition – both a tragedy and dark comedy, with a central character both wise and despicable, and a play and epic poem in one.

Mystified by this tragic story, Berlioz’s work is, too, an astounding hybrid of opera, oratorio and, in the composer’s own words, ‘dramatic legend’. From tender moments of religious piety to incessant military marches and terrifying flourishes of demonic fury, Sir Simon Rattle leads the LSO in a colossal choral work like none other.

Soloist Changes

Gábor Bretz
In a change to listings published when the 2017/18 season first went on sale, bass soloist Gábor Bretz will now sing the role of Brander in this performance, replacing Florian Boesch.
Posted Mon 5 Jun 2017 5pm

Gerald Finley
Gerald Finley is unwell and has been forced to withdraw from the performances of The Damnation of Faust on 17 and 19 September 2017. The LSO is delighted that Christopher Purves has agreed to step in to sing the role of Mephistopheles at very short notice.
Posted Wed 13 Sep 4pm

Pre-concert events

Choral Fanfares
5pm, Barbican Foyers

Broadcasts & Live Streams

Broadcast live on BBC Radio 3

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Broadcast live on medici.tv and available on replay for 3 months.

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Live streamed on the LSO YouTube channel


> Download the libretto to follow along (PDF)

 

Also in this series:

Tue 19 Sep 2017: The Damnation of Faust

Thu 21 Sep 2017: Stravinsky

Sun 24 Sep 2017: Stravinsky